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Higher Level Teaching Assistants (RQF) Level 4 Certificate
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Higher Level Teaching Assistants (RQF) Level 4 Certificate

This qualification is designed to help teaching assistants to expand their skills. If you work in a school environment and want to take the next step in your career, then the Focus Awards Level 4 Certificate for Higher Level Teaching Assistants (RQF) (60185338) is for you.

Teaching assistants provide essential support and feedback in a classroom. With professional training, you can increase your responsibilities and salary by becoming a higher level teaching assistant. As you progress, you can take on the task of teaching lessons, setting learning objectives and managing a class.

What will I learn?

  • Find out more about the day-to-day duties of a higher level teaching assistant and requirements for the role.
  • Understand child development and the factors that can influence it.
  • Support students who need extra help or have special educational needs (SEN).
  • Develop the skills you need to react to challenging situations and promote positive behaviour.
  • Plan effective learning activities, tailored to both groups and individuals. 
  • Encourage communication with children, teachers and parents.
  • Teach lessons to suit a range of different ability and language levels.

All this and much, much more.

How can I study?

Complete this qualification in your free time, from home. Distance learning offers the flexibility to update your skills, while working full-time. Benefit from the support of a personal tutor and connect with Stonebridge’s vibrant online community.

What could I do after taking this course?

Following the Focus Awards Level 4 Certificate for Higher Level Teaching Assistants (RQF), you can apply to be a higher level teaching assistant. This challenging and rewarding job will see you play a key role in the classroom.

Have you always wanted to lead your own class and have a direct impact on children’s learning? This respected Level 4 qualification will open up many exciting career opportunities, whilst giving you the confidence to work independently.

In the future, you may decide to go on to further study at Level 5. If you have ambitions to become a teacher, you can apply to university and gain a PGCE. Success in the education industry can also come in many forms. There are numerous opportunities in coaching, community work, administration and assessment.

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.

Are you ready to change your life?

If you are ready to take the next step click on the "ENROL" button below or request a callback from one of our careers advisors for more information


You can enrol today and pay much, much later

We’ve tried to make it easy as possible for you to register onto one of our courses. We understand that not everyone always has the cash needed, to pay for their course upfront, at the time when they want to start their course. So we offer different ways to pay to help you spread the cost over a longer period.

We also allow you to choose whether you want to study your course via the traditional paper based method or online study where you have access to all your course materials immediately. When you proceed through the checkout process you will be given the option to select your preferred method of study.

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Total Price: £599.99
iPay using 0% APR Instalment Plan*
Deposit: £19.99
Instalments: £78.00
Monthly Payments: 10
Cashback: £100.00
Total Price: £699.99
iPay with 19+ Loan
Registration Fee: £150.00 £4.99
Payments: No payments until salary reaches £21,000
Total Price: £1417.00
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*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.

Stonebridge Associated Colleges Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (Consumer Credit License: 673930).

If you opt to study via the paper based method there is an additional postage charge which will be highlighted during the checkout. (Royal Mail First Class = £10 per course or Royal Mail Second Class = £5 per course).

Is there government funding available for doing this course?

Yes, there is Government funding available for doing this course...

You can choose to fund this course privately, yourself, or you could get a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan. Stonebridge has partnered with learndirect, who are accountable to the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and Ofsted, to provide this course with Government backed funding. Through learndirect, you can access your 19+ Advanced Learner Loan, if you meet the criteria. The two main conditions are:

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

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Would a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan make any difference to my course?

Yes, when you study using this kind of funding, "learndirect" deliver your course and it does offer 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.

learndirect 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 when you enrol from the Stonebridge website
Features Course funded
by 19+ Advanced
Learner Loan
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
Course delivered by learndirect
Course delivered by Stonebridge Associated Colleges
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
Only a registration fee to pay until course is finished and you earn over £21,000 pa.

Selected courses on the Stonebridge website funded by 19+ Advanced Learner Loans are delivered by learndirect

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