Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)

This HLTA course is designed to upgrade our Teaching Support courses, allowing you to gain Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) status. This HLTA qualification enables you to work unsupervised in the classroom. The Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) role was introduced in 2003, following workforce reform to raise standards and tackle workload in the classroom. HLTA status is awarded to support staff who meet the national standards.

We strongly recommend checking out our Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 4 course which is the easiest was to attain Advanced Practitioner in Schools and Colleges status.

The HLTA course will provide an understanding of the knowledge and skills required; and the assessment process on which HLTA status is based.

HLTA Responsibilities:

A HLTA can be employed by both primary and secondary schools, and the HLTA responsibilities undertaken will be relevant to the specific educational setting. Typically, a Higher Level Teaching Assistant has a bigger level of responsibility than that of other support staff due to having advanced classroom experience and/or the relevant HLTA qualification.

The knowledge of a Higher Level Teaching Assistant can sometimes mean that the role will offer support in a specialist area of learning; however, this is dependent on the way a school will utilise the skills of the individual HLTA. The general purpose of the role is to complement the teachers’ delivery of the national curriculum and work cooperatively with teachers, pupils and other support staff.

Eligibility: What you need to study the HLTA:

  • Students must be working in learning support in a school – evidence needed of the last 12 months
  • Students should have completed (or be completing) a Level 3 Teaching Support qualification
    • Example: Certificate in Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools Level 3.
  • You must have one of the following (certification required). If you haven’t one of the following, we offer Functional Skills qualifications:
    • English and Maths GCSE grade A-C
    • Functional Skills English and Maths Level 2
    • Basic Skills English and Maths Level 2
    • Key Skills English and Maths Level 2
    • Level 2 test certificates from Equivalency Testing (Or other approved equivalency tests – contact your RPA for more details.)

HLTA status enables you to work unsupervised in the classroom and better support teachers and pupils.
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Awarding body: NCFE Customised Qualifications
Our course ref: X403

NCFE is one of the largest awarding bodies in the UK.  Over 340,000 thousand students were awarded certification by NCFE last year through over 2,000 colleges and training providers nationally. With a heritage stretching back over 150 years.

Study Hours

Up to 40 hours, which is around 25 minutes per day for 3 months.

Course Duration

Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. The course will take around 40 hours of study to complete.

Study Method

The course is specially designed for study by distance learning. Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, posters, leaflets, presentations, PowerPoint presentations, video/audio recordings, work-based and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.


To complete this course, you will have to complete several assignments. On completion, the certificate you will obtain will be awarded as: ‘Learning and Preparation for the Higher Level Teaching Assistant. This certificate is what you will need to book your formal assessment with your school or local authority. This will be your responsibility to implement as Oxbridge Home Learning have no affiliation with these external agencies or assessments. You will need to have both this certificate and the formal assessment completed to gain final HLTA status.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course, successful learners will be awarded an NCFE Customised Qualification. The training courses have been designed specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home. You can read more about NCFE here.

Additional Information
Level 4
Entry requirements
Students must be working in learning support in a school and should have completed (or be completing) a level 3 QCF Teaching Support qualification, as well as hold a GCSE equivalent qualification
Section 1
The role of Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)

Understanding what Higher Level Teaching Assistants do, and exploring the relationship with teachers.

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start.  However, as with all of our courses, we recommend a reasonable level of English reading and writing ability.

We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes tutor support for 12 months.

You will receive everything you need to complete this course within the study pack we send to you.

No, this course is assessed by coursework alone.

No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

Please check our FAQs section or Contact Us, we are happy to answer any questions you have.

Great addition to my CV
Z. Zaki

This has allowed me to achieve Higher Level Teaching Assistant status, a great addition to my CV.

Way more confident
S. M. Parkes

I am so much more confident after completing this course.

No complaints!
H. Seggara

Interesting, enjoyable and relevant