Higher Level Teaching Assistant (Level 4)

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Cambridge Open college

Course Provider

    Based in Rotherham

Regions covered


How to book

    Use the course enquiry form on the right or call them on 0843 886 0310.

Training Course Details

  • Delivery Method: Online/Distance Learning
  • Suitable for: Individual



A truly valuable and rewarding choice, the Higher Level Teaching Assistant course is perfectly suited to those seeking a career focused on developing young minds in the classroom.

Being a mentor and role model to children is an incredibly valuable and enjoyable role. As you watch kids develop, learning how to communicate and interpret the world around them, you are given a sense of accomplishment and pride that few other professions can offer.

This course is designed to give you a grounding in the core competencies required from modern-day professionals, along with insight and knowledge that will serve you well in the classroom environment. The government is working hard to improve adult-to-child ratios across the country, so there has never been a better time to train as a teaching assistant. This course is regarded as the quickest, easiest and most cost-effective route into this career.


Spread over 10 exciting and highly practical units (which you will find detailed on the ‘Snapshot’ tab above), the Higher Level Teaching assistant course examines the ‘core learning structure’, analysing how these skills that constitute this structure form a integral part of teaching and working with children.

Students will analyse and address the different challenges that Classroom Assistants are likely to encounter, and learn valuable skills and knowledge to ensure they don’t succumb to them. You will learn all aspects of the syllabus, ensuring a solid educational grounding, and you will train towards meeting the 33 professional standards laid down by the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA). This will even make the transition from Teaching Assistant to qualified teacher possible, as students will have developed a clearer understanding of the knowledge and essential skills required.

In addition, you will learn how to support proactive classroom practices, along with the school and its management. Gaining essential insight into supporting pupils with special needs and disabilities, you will learn how to carry out your role professionally and compassionately. And, because this is a higher-level course, you will be prepared to carry out specialist roles and duties within specific parts of the curriculum; such as conducting lesson plans alongside your usual duties.


You may be surprised to learn that this course has no set entry requirements. In fact, we designed it to be as accessible as possible. If you have drive and the motivation to pursue a rewarding career in this industry, you are welcomed to apply. We will supply you will a full study guide to help you ease into the course, and you will also be assigned a personal tutor who will be on hand to assist you in the pursuit of success.

Requirements for HLTA’s

Understanding National Occupational Standards

Supporting Child Development in School

Supportive Roles

Intellectual Development

Four Specific Areas of EYFS

Factors affecting child development

Special Educational Needs

The SEN Code of Practice 2001

Special Needs Legislation

Equality and Diversity and Inclusion

Common Types of Special Education Needs


Signs of Dyslexia

Types of Speech and Language Difficulties

Signs of Speech and Language Difficulties

Behavioural, Emotional, and Social Difficulties

Signs of Behavioural, Emotional, and Social Difficulties

Autism and Asperger Syndrome?

Signs of ASD

What is ADHD?

Signs of ADHD

Blindness and Visual Impairment

Signs of Vision Disabilities

Supporting Gifted and Talented Pupils

Working with Small Groups or with the Whole Class Without the Presence of a Class Teacher

The Importance of Self-Reflection

Developing Positive Relationships

Conflict Resolution

Providing Effective Support for Colleagues

Communicating With Children, Colleagues, Parents and Carers

Birth to 12 Months

12 to 36 Months

Three to Six Years Old

Six to 12 Years Old

12 to 18 Years Old

Encouraging Expression of Feelings

Infancy to Age Two

Ages Two to Four Years Old

Ages Four to Seven Years Old

Ages Seven to Ten Years Old

Ages 10 to 12 Years Old

Ages 13 to 14 Years Old

Confidentiality Procedures

Professional Values and Ethics

Supporting Teaching and Learning Through Play

Using Games and Music to Enhance Communication

Games to Develop Communication Skills

Behaviour Issues

Behaviour Legislation

Behaviour Policy

The Role of a HLTA in Managing Behaviour

Behaviour Patterns and Causes of Challenging Behaviour

Promoting Positive Behaviour

Curriculum, Planning and Assessment



Teaching and Learning Resources

Supporting and Promoting Learning through ICT

Components of ICT – Software

ICT in the Curriculum

Support for ICT Based Learning

Common Types of ICT Supportive Software for ICT Based Learning

Issues Surrounding ICT Use

Personal Professional Development

Teacher Training Agency

Upon successful completion of the Higher Level Teaching Assistant course, you will be awarded a diploma from Cambridge Open College, in recognition of your achievement. You will also be awarded a certificate from Focus Awards, a member of the respected Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB). Such certificates are only granted to students on reputable courses that meet Focus Award’s standards of consistent quality.

Graduates of the Higher Level Teaching Assistant course will possess the key competencies, knowledge and education to pursue a career as a Teaching Assistant.

All students enrolled on a course with Cambridge Open College receive access to our online student community where you can submit your work, contact your tutor and interact with other students on your course.

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