The Level 4 Certificate for Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTA) is a UK OFQUAL accredited, 100% online, competency-based Teaching Assistant (TA) qualification. This qualification is designed for learners working in the teaching assistant position who wish to advance to HLTA status. The aim is to improve learners’ expertise, understanding, and skills to overcome the challenges they face in their workplaces. They will also gain awareness of the skills needed to help individuals and small groups, and support individuals with various additional needs.
This Level 4 HLTA Certificate is for those working in primary, secondary or special schools as teaching assistants, as Learning Support Assistants, as SEN Teaching Assistants, as Cover Supervisors, in Early Years Setting, as Learning Mentors, as Intervention and Pastoral Support Assistants etc and wish to expand their existing expertise.
Duration and Delivery
This Level 4 HLTA qualification is designed to be completed online at the pace that suits you the best. This Level 4 course can be completed in as little as 5 weeks up to 9 months for you to become a qualified Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA). You have a great opportunity of fast-track completion earlier at the pace and time of your choice. This OFQUAL Regulated Level 4 Certificate for Higher Level Teaching Assistants (RQF) qualification is delivered through our Virtual Learning Environment. Our online tutor support is there to facilitate you to achieve your success rate accordingly.
Assessment and Verification
All units within this OFQUAL Regulated Level 4 HLTA qualification are internally assessed by our qualified assessors and externally verified by the awarding organisation. The assessment takes the form of written assignments, detailed feedback for which will be provided by the tutor, and witness testimony signed by your expert supervisor at your workplace. You will receive tutor support once you are enrolled on our online portal to assist you in reaching your goals.
This is a thorough qualification of Level 4 Certificate for Higher Level Teaching Assistants, which helps learners enhance their career profile. Successful completion of this 100% accredited online course enables learners to proceed to the following qualifications:
- Focus Awards Level 3 Award in Education and Training (RQF)
- Focus Awards Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training (RQF)
- Focus Awards Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (RQF)
Unit 1: Professional knowledge and development for higher level teaching assistants
Unit 2: Child development and well-being
Unit 3: Supporting children and young people with special educational needs
Unit 4: Promoting children and young people’s positive behaviour
Unit 5: Working with individual and groups of learners
Unit 6: Positive working relationships
Unit 7: Curriculum planning, monitoring, delivery and assessment
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To get enrolled in this Level 4 HLTA course:
- the learner must be working within a school as a teaching assistant.
- the learner must be 16 years or above.
How will I be assessed?
Useful Knowledge/skills that you will learn on the course
Reasons why we are different/special
Our courses are OFQUAL approved as we work with an approved awarding organisation called “Focus Awards”. This is a well-respected awarding organisation for education and training courses. This is the confirmation of their status-https://register.ofqual.gov.uk/Detail/Index/1391?category=organisations&query=focus%20awards.
HLTA stands for Higher Level Teaching Assistant. So, L4 HLTA course is just an abbreviation for Level 4 Higher Level Teaching Assistants course.
- Higher Level Teaching Assistant
- Classroom Assistant
Yes, on successful completion of this HLTA course, you will be able to get the HLTA Status since this Level 4 qualification is designed in line with the 33 HLTA Standards important for HLTA Status.
There is no time frame to complete the course. Learners can complete it within 5 weeks (fast track) or up to 9 months.
Witness testimonies are classed as “supporting” evidence and provide additional information in the form of a statement of authentication from an occupationally competent individual who verifies all relevant details of a learner’s workplace activities and validates that the learner can conduct a skill or task. In some instances, the course requires the learner to demonstrate certain skills such as “Positive working relationships” or “motivate and support children and young people’s positive behaviour”, all of which are very difficult to prove using documentary evidence alone. Hence, an expert witness is tasked with providing a written record of learner’s performance at the workplace, precisely describing the activity undertaken against targeted assessment criteria confirming if these have been followed in the work setting. Witness testimonies are compulsory in certain units and this will be clearly stated in the relevant Assignment Guide. Moreover, it is to be noted that you will need to write a reflective account as well along with providing the witness testimony.
A reflective account is the supporting written evidence/ learner’s statement that indicates how the learner performed/performs the activity testified by the workplace supervisor, what went well and what did not, what you learnt and what you should have done. You also mention what strategies you will adapt for improvement. Please note that there is no separate document for writing a reflective account. Reflective account/learner’s statement is given in the same Submission Cover Sheet (Assessment Brief document).
Could there be any reasons why my course is not a “Pass” even after submitting the Witness Statement form?
Firstly, a witness statement is a source of evidence and does not confirm the achievement of assessment criteria or confer an assessment decision. For that purpose, the assessor needs to:
- consider all the information in the witness statement
- note the relevant professional skills of the witness to make a judgement of performance
- review the supporting written evidence/ reflective account when making an assessment decision
- be convinced that the evidence presented in the witness statement is valid, sufficient and authentic
Moreover, if the supervisor has not witnessed you performing some of the targeted assessment criteria in your undertaken activities, the assessor will have to conduct an observation directly observing your activity to confirm the fulfillment of the remaining assessment criteria.
How would the tutor/ assessor know that the activity undertaken by me and the information given in the form by the Witness is valid and authentic?
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