QUALIFICATION ENDORSED BY FOCUS AWARDS – LEVEL 4
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
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
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
Professional Values and Ethics
Supporting Teaching and Learning Through Play
Using Games and Music to Enhance Communication
Games to Develop Communication Skills
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.