Course Overview

Are you ready to take your career as a TA to the next level? This Ofsted approved RQF will give you the opportunity to boost your salary, recognition, and responsibilities. Also ideal for those seeking management or mentoring roles, this course will build upon your existing experience and allow you to work unsupervised in a classroom setting. Designed for TAs already practicing at a level 3 standard, it’s specially structured so that you can continue to earn as you learn – simply incorporate your online studying into your working day, and put your newfound skills and knowledge to good use along the way!

You’ll discover how to support children and young people with their mental health and wellbeing, uncover the roles and responsibilities of a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo), and further improve on your working relationship with family members and other education professionals. You’ll complete a detailed research project which will help you to reflect on how to implement positive change in an academic setting, and explore leadership and management skills. As you continue to work as a TA, you’ll complete workplace observations that will be signed off by your Oxbridge tutor.

Why study this level 4 advanced practitioner certificate?

  • After completion, you can boost your salary and responsibilities
  • It’s internationally recognised, accredited, and Ofsted approved
  • You can study while you continue to work as a TA
  • You can advance into management or leadership positions
  • You’ll receive unlimited tutor support as you study.

Why it’s better to study STL4 instead of HLTA

HLTA Level 4 Advanced Practitioner in Schools & Colleges
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Course at a glance

Course duration

12

On average it takes our students 4 months to complete this course, however you have up to 12 months.

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Study using our award-winning online learning platform, with the option to receive your course materials in the post!

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Success Story

Jackie Shackell, 53, wasn’t always a keen learner. In fact, she left school at 16 with minimal qualifications. She was very intelligent, but the organised structure of schooling just didn’t fit in with the way she liked to learn. Nevertheless, she secured a civil service job at the Department of Work and Pensions, where she worked happily for 22 years. During this time, Jackie also gave birth to six beautiful and much-loved children, who eventually had children of their own.

Jackie Shackell
Higher Level Teaching Assistant

How to Become a Teaching Assistant

Working as a teaching assistant is rewarding, challenging, and offers real progression. If you love the idea of having a positive impact on children's lives, why not find out more about this career?

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Whichever career path you decide to choose, our 5‑step process can help you achieve your goals.

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We'll take the time to understand your goals

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Together we'll develop your learning journey

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You'll get access to our award-winning learning portal, MyOxbridge. If you like, add a printed version of your course too!

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Our team of highly qualified tutors are as passionate about your success as you are. That’s why you’ll receive as much one-to-one support as you need from the moment you enrol, right through to receiving your certificate

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Once you've passed, we’ll review your learning journey, and provide free resources such as our Job Ready or University Ready Pack.

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12

On average, students complete this course in 4 months, but we'll give you up to 12 months.

25mins/day

The learning hours for this course are up to 150 hours, which is around 25 minutes per day for months.

This course can start as soon as you enrol.

We'll give you plenty of time to finish this course, but if you need more time, just ask!

Awarding Body

CACHE stands for the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education, and are the leading specialist Awarding Organisation for the Care and Education Sector.

Our course code
X400
Qualification Code
603/2474/0
Official Qualification Title
NCFE CACHE Level 4 Certificate for the Advanced Practitioner in Schools and Colleges
Credits
21

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Entry requirements

Difficulty
Level four: the equivalent difficulty of a foundation degree, usually suitable for learners who have completed study at level 3.
Entry requirements

Students should be at least 18 years old and must be working in learning support in a school and should have completed (or be completing) a Level 3 Teaching Support qualification such as: NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools.

Minimum age
18 years old.

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