Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)

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Enrolment Fee: £700.00 £525.00
Product Code: LHMCHSCT28
Format: Paper
Study Time: 100 Hours
Accreditor: Focus Awards
Entry Requirements: No Entry Requirements
Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)
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Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)

The Higher Level Teaching Assistant course examines the "core learning structure", and how these skills form a vital part of teaching and working with children.  It also looks at the ways you will support classroom practices, the school and its management. You will gain insight into supporting pupils with disabilities and special educational needs, as well as the basics of literacy and numeracy. The "higher level" part of the course title prepares you to carry out specialist roles and duties within specific parts of the curriculum. You could, for example, construct lesson plans alongside delivering your usual Teaching Assistant duties in support of the class teacher and pupils.

The course addresses all of the challenges you will encounter in your new career, and is divided up into 10 highly structured and comprehensive modules that deliver the knowledge you will need to overcome them. The modules cover all aspects of the syllabus and have been specifically written to help you meet the 33 professional standards laid down by the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA). This will enable HLTAs who want to progress to QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) to have a clearer understanding of the additional knowledge and skills required.

The government is pushing hard for better adult to child ratios in the classroom. Money is being pumped into schools across the country to help them take on more Teaching Assistants, as this is regarded as the quickest, most cost-effective way to improve the staffing situation. So, in these difficult times, you will never have a better opportunity to get yourself qualified to operate in this vibrant, positive educational environment.

Key Topics

  • 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
  • Dyslexia
  • 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
  • Planning
  • 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

Entry Requirements

Our Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) course is openly available to anyone wishing to learn more about Teaching Assistant and has a keen interest in the subject, plus an intention to progress a career.

  • Learners will need sufficient numeracy and literacy
  • Students should have access to a computer and the internet throughout your study period.
  • Learners should have basic PC skills in order to navigate our Support Portal
  • You should be fully committed to your studies.

Study Time

Study Hours are an approximate figure and are dependant upon how much time you can dedicate to your studies and how well you grasp the learning concepts in the course material. Furthermore, at the end of each lesson there is a question paper that needs to be completed and returned to your tutor. You should allow enough time to complete assignments/ question papers.

The approximate amount of time required to complete the Higher LevelTeaching Assistant (HLTA) course is: 100 hrs

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The course contains a number of assignments which your tutor will mark and give you valuable feedback on. You need only send these to your tutor for comment, not the self-assessment exercises which are also part of the course to help you gauge your progress. If the prospect of exams frightens the life out of you, there is even more good news. There is no final exam!


Paper Version

With paper based study we post out the course materials to you. You can then review them in your own time and complete the assignments which you are required to submit to your personal tutor for marking and feedback.

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You will have access to a tutor, via email, who will mark your work and guide you through the course to help you be ready for your examinations. In addition you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process.

The course pack includes, guidance on relevant study skills and full tutor support comprising:

  • the marking of a series of assignments
  • written answers to specific study problems
  • full tutor support via emails
  • a copy of our study guide, will give you guidance on studying and submitting assignments


  • How does distance learning work?
  • To ensure studying is flexible and convenient, most of our courses are divided into sections. You work through each section at your own pace and time. Once completed, send the test paper back to your personal tutor for marking. You will then move onto the next section once successfully completing the previous section. The support period is dependent on the type of course you choose; our minimum support period is one year.
  • When can I start the course?
  • The answer is simple, when YOU want; you can start the course at any time we do not have any set enrolment dates. Most of our courses don?t require any previous experience or qualifications. All you need is a desire and motivation to succeed. You can even start right now - call and speak to one of our Professional Course Advisors.
  • How long do the courses take?
  • This is dependent upon your choice of course and how fast you want to learn. A full breakdown of the course is available in your course literature. We do provide estimated number of study hours; ask our course advisors for details.
  • Are there any further costs involved?
  • No, once your course has been paid for there are no further costs involved. But there is a cost for optional practical training.
  • Are there any time limits or deadline dates?
  • Unlike other Distance Education Colleges, we impose no time limits or pressures on you to complete your course material. Your course will not expire, and it will not become invalid until you have successfully completed it. All that we ask, is that you inform the College if you are intending to take a break from studying for a period of 6 months or more.
  • Can I contact other students?
  • Yes, each course provides you with the opportunity to enter a student forum. The forum is the place for students to share their thoughts and information with each other.
  • Can I pay by instalments?
  • If you would like to pay for your course by instalments, we do offer an affordable payment plan scheme that allows you to spread the cost of your course over a period of five months. When you enrol on your course you simply pay a small deposit followed by a structured small monthly repayment plan.
  • I want to buy a course that is not on the course list. What do I do?
  • Our website has an excellent list of the most popular courses. However, we do have access to a more in-depth portfolio should you not find the course you are looking for. You can call our course advisors and discuss the course you are interested in. Please call 0800 009 6262 to discuss your interest/ requirement.
  • Can I study more than one course at a time?
  • Yes, this is possible. You will find that by studying this way, you create a steady flow of work for yourself. Many of our courses are very complementary to each other and work well together. Our students tend to start with one course, and very quickly find how easy it is to study from home and move on to another one.
  • Do the courses have tutorial support?
  • Yes, You will be allocated an experienced tutor who will guide you through the course, mark your assignments and generally help you with any problems you may have. Your tutors can be contacted via email and post.
  • Do I need any additional study material once I have enrolled?
  • No, all of our courses are complete (in the very rare case were a course text book is advised, this will be clearly displayed on our website). However we always encourage our students to conduct their own further reading.
  • Do I need any previous qualifications or experience before I can enrol on a course?
  • No, all of our courses are available to all students of all academic backgrounds. If you are concerned that you may have difficulties, please do not hesitate to contact one of our friendly course advisors who will be more than willing to discuss the options available to you.
  • How do I get help with my course work?
  • You can get help 7 days a week by email, or post from your dedicated tutor, you just email your assignments for marking. You have to send your assignments one at a time so the tutor can mark one and give you the feedback.
  • How will I be tested throughout my course?
  • After each lesson there will be a question paper, which needs to be completed and submitted to your personal tutor for marking. This method of continual assessment ensures that your personal tutor can consistently monitor your progress and provide you with assistance throughout the duration of the course. All of the question papers for your course can be completed from the comfort of your own home. There will be no need for you to attend any physical location like a test centre or our campus.
  • Will I get a qualification at the end?
  • Yes, for all our courses, you will receive a diploma or a recognised qualification from the awarding body of your course.
  • Is there a time limit or any deadlines?
  • We do like you to complete the course within the tutor support period but we can extend this for a small charge (currently £65 for 12 months). If you follow the recommended study hours, this will give you a good guide to complete the course within the specified time period.
  • How quickly will I receive my course material?
  • Once your payment has been received and cleared; your enrolment should be processed within two days and your course materials delivered within 5 days, for customers who choose to pay in instalments this can take longer as we need a signed agreement back from you before we send the course materials.
  • I?m not sure of what course I should take? Can you help?
  • Yes we can, it is important that you pursue a course which you will enjoy. Although we cannot make this decision for you, we employ a team of dedicated Professional Course Advisors, who will guide you towards making the right choice. Whether you want specific information, or just a chat about what?s available, contact us now.
  • Why choose Learning@Home?
  • The breadth and depth of our portfolio of courses means that we will have a course to interest you. We are committed to your success, and offer advice and support through every step of the process. We have a dedicated team of Professional Course Advisors that can give you access to career and recruitment advice, whilst offering excellent value and quality courses.
  • How do I enrol?
  • The enrolment application process can be accessed by clicking on ENROL button & choosing PAY IN FULL/ INSTALMENT PLAN button and completing the secure online registration form. Or alternatively you are welcome to print out the registration form and post it back to us. If you use any of the debit or credit cards you are welcome to phone in or fax your enrolment.

Qualification: Level 4 in Higher Level Teaching Assistant

On successful completion of Level 4 in Higher Level Teaching Assistant, you'll be awarded the Qualification in subject by Focus Awards- A Qualification which will show your knowledge and commitment when it comes to becoming a Teaching Assistant. Prospective employers will realise your interests when they see how thoroughly you have studied and prepared for your new role.

This course has been accredited through the Focus Awards “Focus on Quality Provision” (FQP) Scheme at a level of learning equivalent to level 4 on The Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland (where level 2 and level 3 courses are similar in difficulty to GCSEs and A Levels, respectively).

The training courses have been designed specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home. The course measurable learning outcomes have been benchmarked at Level 4 (using Ofqual's QCF level descriptors) to allow you to consider the depth of study, difficulty, and level of achievement involved.

Focus Awards is regulated as an Awarding Organisation by Ofqual, the qualification regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. FQP programmes are designed to give formal recognition to courses in a wide range of subjects that fall outside the QCF. They are not qualifications; on successful graduation from the course you will receive a Focus Awards Certificate of Achievement and a Diploma from My Distance Learning College.

FQP courses are ideal for professionals required to demonstrate commitment to CPD (Continuous Professional Development), and for those wanting to gain specialist knowledge of a particular subject.

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