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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

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£35 deposit: remaining balance at the end of the month

Enrol for £35 deposit and remaining balance at the end of the month. Pay your deposit today get your course tomorrow!

Reduced fee of £269

£269 – all inclusive

Pay by 3 monthly instalments of £269 (approx)

£89 deposit followed by £89 for the next two months

The college accepts payment using the following methods:

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It is simple and safe to enrol online. Select one of the payment terms above and you will be taken to a secure sever to enter your details.

Once the enrolment process has been completed you will receive your introductory pack and login details to access your course textbooks, your tutor profile and their contact details.

We look forward to welcoming you as a student of the college and feel sure you will enjoy studying with us.

Key points for this course:
  • This is a fully supported home study course supported by your own tutor
  • Your enrolment fee covers absolutely everything – there will be nothing more to pay after you have enrolled, there are no hidden fees
  • You have 12 months to complete your course
  • You may enrol at any time of the year
  • Access available within 24 hours
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If you are not happy with your course simply return it within 14 days and we will refund your fees in full.

All students enrolled on a course with Cambridge Open College receive access to our online student community (I Learn It Easy) where you can submit your work, contact your tutor, and interact with other students. We have prepared a short video below to highlight the benefits to you.

Higher Level Teaching Assistant (Level 4)


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