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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.

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.)


“ Interesting, enjoyable and relevant”

H Seggara

“I am so much more confident after completing this course. ”

S. M. Parkes

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

Z. Zaki

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