Teaching Assistant

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If you’re already qualified at Level 3, we’ve got something special for you. Our NCFE Advanced Practitioner course is the perfect way to take your journey to the next level. It’s all about showing what you can do and what you know, right there in the school classroom.

This HLTA course is a fantastic opportunity to build on your existing skills and knowledge, with a focus on practical, hands-on learning. It’s designed to help you shine even brighter in your role as an HLTA. We’re excited to see you grow and develop through this competence based qualification.

Don’t yet work in a school? Choose our Level 3 Award Course.

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Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) Level 4


Our NCFE Level 4 Certificate for the Advanced Practitioner in Schools and Colleges is an ideal next step for Teaching Assistants who are currently working at Level 3. This course is specially designed for those looking to elevate their skills and knowledge in the field.

To make the most of this opportunity, you’ll need to be actively working as a Level 3 Teaching Assistant. Additionally, the course includes a practical element requiring 100 hours of school placement, which typically means dedicating about 3-6 hours each week to this placement.

It’s a fantastic chance to further your professional development and make an even bigger impact in your educational setting.

Gain A Genuine OFQUAL Qualification

We know it’s no easy task when deciding which Teaching Assistant course to enrol on. Plenty of choices are out there, so we’ve done our utmost to provide you with the best syllabus you’ll find anywhere.

We’re proud to offer you our latest Level 4 HLTA Teaching Assistant course that offers an outstanding, student-focused learning experience and gives you the best possible lessons for becoming a Teaching Assistant. This course will give you the know-how to succeed in today’s modern school environment and help develop the knowledge and understanding needed to support child learning and well-being. Best of all, as this course is on the NCFE Framework, it’s respected by all schools in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

A Flexible And Fully Supported Home Study Course

Our friendly tutors are always pleased to answer any questions you may have. The same tutor remains with you with 1-1 expert tutor help until you pass.


The latest 2024 RQF syllabus included

This course follows the brand new 2024 NCFE school guidelines with up-to-date information. You must volunteer or work in a school classroom to enrol on this course. Please see our Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools course if you don’t have a school placement.

We take enrolments all year round, and one of the biggest benefits of home study is you can make your study fit around you and your schedule. You get full 1-1 access to your personal tutor, who will guide you through the course, help prepare you for your assignments, and provide full feedback on your course progress. You can also include printed course materials, which is ideal if you prefer paper-based study to online learning. Our passion will enable you to interact with your tutor as you complete each unit. Full tutor support is offered throughout the course to ensure you pass as easily as possible.

NCFE Level 4 Certificate for the Advanced Practitioner in Schools and Colleges


Enabling individuals to learn
NCFE Unit Reference F/616/5415
Unit Level Level 4
Guided Learning 30 hours

This unit explores:

In this unit, you will consider diverse approaches to methods and practices of teaching that influence learning in children and young people. You will also explore statutory planning and monitoring requirements in your home nation.

Understand how to support children and young people to improve their mental health and well-being
NCFE Unit Reference M/616/5412
Unit Level Level 4
Guided Learning 30 hours

This unit explores:

This unit will challenge the learner to gain a greater awareness of how children and young people deal with these issues and how to help and support them. The learner will be required to provide evidence of how they could apply this new learning to their day-to-day role
with children and young people and report on subsequent changes to practice in your setting through developing a learner portfolio.

Working with others to support individuals with additional needs and disability in a school or college
NCFE Unit Reference M/616/5409
Unit Level Level 4
Guided Learning 30 hours

This unit explores:

You will consider the responsibilities of the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo)within a school or college environment to promote children’s, young people’s and
adults’ learning and development. By undertaking this unit, learners will develop confidence and expertise to mentor other colleagues and work in partnership with parents/carers (as applicable) and other professionals, to ensure intervention remains effective for children, young people and adults with special educational
needs and disabilities.

Working with families and other professionals in a school or college setting
NCFE Unit Reference H/616/5407
Unit Level Level 4
Guided Learning 30 hours

This unit explores:

Learners will develop confidence and expertise to mentor colleagues and work with parents/carers and other professionals to ensure intervention remains effective for children, young people and adults with special educational needs and disabilities. You will explore some of the diverse needs of families, and reflect on how best to overcome barriers to partnership working with families.

In undertaking this unit, the learner will apply coaching, leadership and mentoring skills to educate and motivate staff to work effectively in partnership with others.

Implementing change in school or college setting
NCFE Unit Reference R/616/5404
Unit Level Level 4
Guided Learning 35 hours

This unit explores:

In this unit, the learner will be required to plan, implement and evaluate change in relation to an identified theme. This will be achieved through a small-scale research project. The learner will be introduced to research, and the role of ethics when
undertaking research.

The theme selected will allow the learner to reflect on practice, use current research to produce recommendations for improvements to their own setting, implement these recommendations and summarise findings.

Course Entry Requirements – school placement required

To enrol on this NCFE Level 4 Advanced Practitioner course, you need to be already working or volunteering in a school at Level 3 to enrol on this Level 4 course.

NCFE recommends 100 hours of practical experience in the school classroom for between 3 – 6 hours per week. This observation can be completed by a qualified teacher, assessor, or a higher management level.

  • School placement is required.
  • No formal qualifications are required.
  • You must be over 16 years of age.
  • Enrolments are open all year.

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Receive immediate access to your course as soon as you’ve enrolled!

A genuine NCFE certificate

Study with us, and you will gain exactly the same NCFE-accredited qualification and certificates as at a local college.

Upon course completion, you will receive an NCFE Level 4 RQF certificate that’s fully recognised & accepted by all primary and secondary schools, including colleges. There’s no mention of distance learning or home study anywhere on the certificate, and we guarantee it’s exactly the same qualification that attendance-based colleges provide.

Enrolment fee includes NCFE certificate, all your course materials and full tutor support.

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    Advanced Level 4 Course
    Recognised by all schools
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    12-Months to complete
    • Advanced Level 4 Course
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    • NCFE Accredited
    • 12-Months to complete
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    Why De Montfort

    At De Montfort we have many years of experience providing the highest quality online Teaching Assistant courses, here are just some of the reasons we think you’ll love us.

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    With all of our courses delivered online, we can minimise costs and provide you with official qualifications for less than most physical colleges.

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    Supportive tutors

    All of our friendly tutors are experts in their field and will be on hand to support you every step of the way through your Teaching Assistant course.

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    Online tuition

    Our online tuition allows you to study from the comfort of your own home and at your own pace.

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    Accredited courses

    All of our courses are accredited by NCFE, giving you a qualification that is recognised by all schools.

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    Save time

    Because you’ll be studying online, there’s no need to travel to and from classes, saving you both time and money.

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    We’ve built a reputation for quality and all of our courses regularly receive outstanding feedback from students.

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