Higher Level Teaching Assistants (RQF) Level 4 Certificate

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If you’re a teaching assistant looking to make a step up in your career, this qualification will update your skills. By training to become a higher level teaching assistant, you can access a rewarding role that comes with an increase in salary and responsibilities. The Focus Awards Level 4 Certificate for Higher Level Teaching Assistants (RQF) (601/8533/8) is designed to equip you with the knowledge to work closely with students and support teachers.

What you’ll learn and study on the course

This qualification explores a range of topics that will prepare you for an advanced classroom role. You’ll find out more about being a higher level teaching assistant and how to prepare for your day-to-day duties.

Consider the factors that can influence child development and discover how to identify individuals with special educational needs (SEN). Working with children can be challenging, so this course will train you to promote good behaviour, while communicating regularly with parents. Develop the confidence to plan lessons, control a class and set learning objectives.

With Dimensions Training Solutions, you can study from home, in your free time. This gives you the flexibility to learn, while keeping your full-time job. Benefit from dedicated tutor support throughout and access to a vibrant community of likeminded learners.

What you can do after with it

Once the Focus Awards Level 4 Certificate for Higher Level Teaching Assistants (RQF) is complete, you’ll have the tools to progress in your career. If you have a passion for working with children and have always wanted to lead your own class, this course offers an exciting opportunity. Make a difference to students at every ability level and build your experience in a classroom environment.

Like many learners, you may decide to continue your studies in the future. You could gain a Level 5 qualification or train for a variety of roles in the education sector. By applying to university and working towards a PGCE, there’s also scope to become a qualified teacher.

Workplace Setting

All learners must have a work placement arranged to be able to gather the evidence for the course. The position can be either paid or unpaid in order to complete the qualification in a suitable setting.

You are required to undertake a minimum of 50 hours work experience within a school. The placement will need to be in an infant, primary, junior or secondary school, supporting learners between the ages of 4/5 (reception/EYFS class) and 16. You can support children in academies as well as mainstream, independent or specialist settings.

Please note: the work experience cannot be achieved in any of the following settings:

  • Nursery
  • Pre-school
  • After School Club
  • Holiday Club
  • College
  • University
  • any other external learning sources i.e. open learning colleges, Sunday schools etc.

Unit 1: Professional Knowledge and Development for Higher Level Teaching Assistants

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand what a Higher Level Teaching Assistant is and what is required of a Higher Level Teaching Assistant
  • Understand the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements for Higher Level Teaching Assistants
  • Understand how to work as a team member and identify opportunities for working with colleagues, managing their work where appropriate and sharing the development of effective practice with them

Unit 2: Child Development and Wellbeing

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the different stages of child development
  • Understand the factors that can influence and affect children’s development and how these practice
  • Understand how to recognise and respect the contribution that parents and carers can make to the development and wellbeing of children and young people
  • Understand how frameworks that support the development and wellbeing of children and young people impact upon their practice

Unit 3: Supporting Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how to support learners in accessing the curriculum in accordance with the special educational needs (SEN) code of practice and disabilities legislation
  • Understand how to promote equality, diversity and inclusion when working with children and young people
  • Understand how to support children and young people with learning difficulties
  • Know and understand the special educational needs for learners with sensory and/or physical needs
  • Understand how to support children and young people with English as an additional language

Unit 4: Promoting children and Young Peoples Positive Behaviour

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the policies and procedures for promoting positive behaviour
  • Be able to promote the positive values and attitudes and behaviour expected from children and young people
  • Be able to respond to inappropriate and challenging behaviour from children and young people
  • Be able to contribute to reviews of behaviour and behaviour policies

Unit 5: Working with Individual and Groups of Learners

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand ways of working with individuals and small groups

Unit 6: Positive Working Relationships

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with children, young people, colleagues, parents and carers

Unit 7: Curriculum Planning, Monitoring, Delivery and Assessment

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to teach challenging, well-organised lessons across the age and ability range
  • Be able to use ICT skills to advance learning
  • Be able to use an appropriate range of strategies for setting learning objectives and monitoring progress and attainment
  • Be able to maintain and analyse records of learners’ progress

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

The Focus Awards Level 4 Certificate for Higher Level Teaching Assistants (RQF) will provide learners with the knowledge and understanding to analyse and address the different challenges that classroom assistants are likely to encounter. Learners will also understand working with individuals and with small groups as well as gaining essential insight into supporting pupils with special educational needs (SEN).

There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.

What's Included

  • All study materials
  • Study Guide
  • Full Tutor and Admin support
  • The course fee includes the awarding body registration and certification fee (valued at up to £30.00).

Is there government funding available for doing this course?

Yes, you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan with this course. We are accountable to the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and Ofsted, to provide this course with Government backed funding. You can access your Advanced Learner Loan if you meet the criteria. Two main conditions are:

  • You need to be aged 19 or over
  • You need to be a UK citizen.

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Payment Method
With an Advanced Learner Loan
Registration Fee £37.25
Repayments: No Payments until salary reaches £21,000
Total Price: £1,417.00
EU Social Fund
SFA England

Advanced Learner Loans are administered by Student Finance England (SFE)

Student Finance England is a Student Loans Company service, providing financial support to students on behalf of the UK Government.

You can enrol today and pay much, much later

You can access your course information straight away. 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.

*Cashback will be paid to you once you have finished paying for your course in full. For more information, please see our cash back terms and conditions. The total amount payable over the term's period, is no more than the total cash price of the course. (APR = 0%). Written quotations are available on request.

Yes, when you study using this kind of funding, Dimensions Training Solutions offers considerably more than the same one without the 19+ funding loan.

Enhanced course content

Six Employability and Independent Learning Skills (EILS) modules are embedded in the content of your course: Maths, English, Digital Life Skills, Confidence, Resilience and Meeting Deadlines.

You can choose to study a further four: Workplace Ready, Initiative, Teamwork and Problem Solving. These are all designed to boost your personal skill level and help your career progression.

Additional personal support

A Student Support Officer (SSO) will be assigned to you, so you have a single point of contact throughout your course to support you with any admin issues. Dimensions Training Solutions regularly update the SFA with details of study hours, and evidence of learning, in order to responsibly account for your course funding.

You will have an Individual Learning Plan with a set “finish date” and your SSO is there to encourage and help you stay on course. This is in addition to your Assessor, who assesses your work and provides personal constructive feedback.

The difference between courses funded by 19+ loan and privately funded courses

Features Course funded
by 19+ Advanced Learner Loans
Course funded privately
Personal Student Support Officer assigned to you
Personal Assessor Support assigned to you Automatic embedding of 6 key Employability and Independent Learning Skills (EILS) in course
10 EILS available
Individual Learning Plan with a set “finish date”
Flexible deadline to finish your course
Online study delivery
Postal study delivery
Payment in full or in instalments while you study
Eligibility requirement for loan
Nothing to pay until course is finished and you earn over £21,000 pa.
Are you eligible for a 19+
Advanced Learner Loan?
  • Aged over 19 and living in the UK?
  • 19+ loans are Government backed, so you only pay them back if you’re earning over £21,000 a year.