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Higher Level Teaching Assistant Certificate Level 4 RQF

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Higher Level Teaching Assistant Certificate Level 4 RQF

decorative imageThe Level 4 RQF Higher Level Teaching Assistant Certificate represents a qualification that distinguishes individuals who carry out the same responsibilities as traditional teaching assistants but with a notably increased level of classroom responsibility. As a Level 4 HLTA, you are entrusted with temporarily stepping into the teacher's role when a teacher is absent and a qualified substitute is being arranged.

Achieving Level 4 RQF Higher Level Teaching Assistant status is a recognised pathway for the professional growth of school support staff. Level 4 HLTAs work closely alongside teachers to elevate educational standards and assist each student in realising their full potential.

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No prior knowledge or experience is required to enrol in this program. Please be aware that to successfully complete this qualification, you must complete a work placement of at least 50 hours.

To qualify for this certification, you must secure either voluntary or paid work experience in a school or already be employed as a teaching assistant. The role of a HLTA (Higher Level Teaching Assistant) is instrumental in enhancing classroom dynamics and positively impacting student progress. The time spent in the school setting should add up to a minimum of 50 hours.

Your placement can take place in a primary, secondary, or special school. It is crucial, however, to ensure that the students you engage with are aged 5 or older and are studying at Key Stage 1 or above. Additionally, you'll require the guidance of a mentor within the school who will validate your competence and prepare and sign testimonials endorsing your abilities in line with the qualification standards.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

Qualification Title: TQUK Level 4 Certificate for Higher Level Teaching Assistants (RQF)

Qualification Number: 603/1432/1

Total credits: 36

TQUK are fully approved as an awarding organisation by Ofqual and award RQF courses in a number of sectors. RQF courses have various credits values which can be applied to the National Credit Transfer System. TQUK accredit courses which are developed by industry experts and work hand in hand with organisations ensuring the calibre and worth of courses provided.

Training Course Content

The primary aim of this program is to enrich the knowledge, comprehension, and skills of learners, equipping them to effectively tackle workplace challenges. It also empowers them with the know-how required to support individuals, small groups, and those with diverse additional needs.

The Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) professional standards define the precise expectations for teaching assistants working towards HLTA status. These standards comprise 33 specific criteria grouped into three broad categories.

  1. Professional Attributes (Standards 1-7): These standards delineate the expected attitudes, values, and commitment that HLTAs should embody.
  2. Professional Knowledge and Understanding (Standards 8-16): These standards outline the knowledge and competencies essential for HLTAs to collaborate effectively with teachers as part of the professional team supporting learning.
  3. Professional Skills (Standards 17-33): These standards establish the expectations for activities such as planning, monitoring, managing, and evaluating learning within the guidance and supervision provided by the assigned teacher and in accordance with arrangements made by the Head Teacher of the school.

While regular teaching assistants (TAs) generally take on a more supportive role, such as classroom preparation, displaying students' work, or working with small groups, HLTAs are actively involved in direct educational delivery. Their roles encompass:

  • Assisting in lesson planning.
  • Creating support materials.
  • Leading entire classes under supervision.
  • Specialising in specific subjects.
  • Assuming responsibility for other support staff.
  • This higher level of responsibility entails specific requirements that do not apply to lower-level teaching and learning support assistants.

Due to their increased level of responsibility, HLTAs can expect a slightly higher salary than typical teaching assistants. However, exact pay rates are determined by employers and may vary considerably. Typically, the annual salary for an HLTA falls within the range of £17,000 to £24,000. This salary can increase with additional specialisations or responsibilities related to Special Educational Needs (SEN).

Upon completing this course, it becomes the school's responsibility to decide if you qualify for HLTA status, with some schools potentially having additional requirements that must be met before status is awarded.

The Total Qualification Time (TQT) for this qualification is 360 hours, and the total credits for the qualification amount to 36.


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  • Pay monthly: £50.00 /month (Exclusive for UK residents with £29 deposit and no credit check)

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