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Focus Awards Level 4 Certificate for Higher Level Teaching Assistants (RQF)

£1200 £399 Limited Time Offer
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Monthly instalment plans are available.
Credits – 36    |   TQT – 380    |   GLH – 87
Recommended Course Duration – Up to 9 Months
Option to fast-track in 5 Weeks is available.


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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.

Intended Audience

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:

Unit Structure

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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Entry Requirement

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.

Practical Requirement

This course is assessed through a series of tutor marked assignments in addition to practical work, which is assessed in the workplace. So, a work placement is required to complete the practical tasks, which can be spread over the duration of the course.

How will I be assessed?

All units in the course will be assessed through a series of written assignments, which are submitted to and marked by your course tutor. For some units, you must provide a witness testimony to meet the assessment criteria requirements.

Useful Knowledge/skills that you will learn on the course

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The Certificate is suitable for anyone working in a Teaching Assistant role and wish to progress to the role of Higher Level Teaching Assistant and beyond.
The Certificate is suitable for anyone working in a Teaching Assistant role and wish to progress to the role of Higher Level Teaching Assistant and beyond.
The Certificate requires 36 credits.

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-

HLTA stands for Higher Level Teaching Assistant. So, L4 HLTA course is just an abbreviation for Level 4 Higher Level Teaching Assistants course.

This course is for anyone who is looking to start a career as:
  1. Higher Level Teaching Assistant
  2. Classroom Assistant
This course will open doors to your new career as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant working with children in a school environment.
Yes, you need to work in a school environment where you are required to show competence in both knowledge and skills.

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.

You will receive your course materials right after you are enrolled in this course at our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

There is no time frame to complete the course. Learners can complete it within 5 weeks (fast track) or up to 9 months.

Have a quick look at the following chart for TA courses to know which course suits you the best:

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).

An occupationally competent individual i.e. a work placement supervisor, a learning resources manager, or even a teacher you are directly working with as a teaching assistant is requested to complete the Witness Statement form. Without this independent verification, it is impossible for us to approve your tasks.
There is only one witness statement form to be filled by your workplace supervisor only. This form will cover all the assessment criteria from relevant units/ modules of the accredited course that require a witness testimony.
Feel free to provide your supervisor with the Witness Statement form as soon as you have done appropriate planning and your mentor is available to fill the provided form. There is no hard and fast rule on when to undertake the activities. Some of you might choose an activity to undertake every other day and some might do every week. It varies from situation to situation.

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:

  1. consider all the information in the witness statement
  2. note the relevant professional skills of the witness to make a judgement of performance
  3. review the supporting written evidence/ reflective account when making an assessment decision
  4. 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.

As teachers, we are bound to follow professional ethics. There is an element of trust that our trainee teaching assistants and the expert witness won’t present an inaccurate account of the activity undertaken. However, we will be vigilant and investigate where we are concerned that the sessions have not taken place as claimed.

Please refer to our main FAQs section or Contact Us; we have experienced course advisers who will be happy to assist you!

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7 reviews for Focus Awards Level 4 Certificate for Higher Level Teaching Assistants (RQF)

  1. Kieran Mitchell

    The course was very comprehensive and easy to understand. The tutors made sure that they are giving the right information in a way that won’t make me confused. Thank you so much for this great course!

  2. Paul Cody

    My experience with the School of Academics has been great so far. Will surely recommend my colleagues and others to start this course with BSA for their professional development!

  3. Mollie Dobson

    Extremely easy and friendly application process and I was kept informed along the way with my progress. The course I have chosen is Level 4 Certificate for Higher Level Teaching Assistants, as I’m looking to increase my competence as a TA. The modules are explained clearly and thoroughly, and I know exactly what I’ll be studying. I like that 24/7 tutor support is being offered. I’m so excited and really looking forward to studying with BSA!

  4. Cameron Bartlett

    Great resources, quick feedback and timely support during my course. Thanks a lot. Way to go BSA!

  5. Toby Hayes

    I recently registered myself with BSA and was sent the logins almost immediately. I found the training provider to be fast and efficient. The registration process was easy and trouble-free. Looking forward to studying other teaching courses with them as well after completing my HLTA course.

  6. Leah Fox

    I would highly recommend Britannia School of Academics above others because they have been so kind to me. I had such a huge issue in the middle of my course and they supported me throughout. I wouldn’t go anywhere else now.

  7. Tegan Wells

    This L4 HLTA course has been so amazing that enabled me to complete it at home and at my own pace. There were no deadlines and I didn’t get reminders to do the work. This was so relaxing and I am so glad I chose BSA because it has been an absolute joy to complete the course.

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