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Higher Level Teaching Assistant at QLS level 4

Higher Level Teaching Assistant at QLS level 4
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This course is available in Paper format and also online.


This Higher Level Teaching Assistant programme is designed for people who wish to gain Higher Level Teaching Assistant status.  It provides an understanding of the knowledge and skills required; and the assessment process on which HLTA status is based.


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Higher Level Teaching Assistant at QLS level 4

Course code: SH315

Delivery method: Paper Based or Online

Course duration: 12 Months (Approx. 40 hours study time)

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 such as:

NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools

NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching & Learning in Schools.

Award achieved: ABC Awards and Certa Award Certificate of achievement at QLS Level 4

The aims of the course are to provide students with an understanding of the HLTA application and assessment process, and to assist them in preparing for the HLTA assessment against the published standards.

N.B. HLTA status is awarded following formal assessment conducted in school by an appointed assessor, and requires application to be made via school or local authority.


The course is based upon eight study sections:

1. The role of Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)

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

2. Overview of the application and assessment process

A description of how HLTA’s are assessed and the application and assessment process

3. Gaining support from your school

The importance of support from relevant placement and school staff

4. Securing funding

Making sure that your funding is arranged for the preparation course and assessment

5. Identifying additional training needs

Analysing your own knowledge, understanding and skills so that you can identify any additional training needs

6. Preparing for assessment

Making sure that know what to expect and can provide evidence of your skills and knowledge

7. The assessment process What to expect of the external assessment process

8. The HLTA Standards

Understanding the 33 HLTA standards and what they mean in terms of your preparation and subsequent assessment.

  • Professional Attributes
  • Professional Knowledge and Understanding
  • Professional Skills – Planning and Expectations
  • Professional Skills – Monitoring & Assessment
  • Professional Skills – Teaching & Learning Activities

Course Endorsement

At the end of this course successful learners will be given the option to receive a Certificate of Achievement from the Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the Quality Licence Scheme.  This means that Kendal Publishing Ltd has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 4 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Kendal Publishing Ltd to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications.   The Quality Licence Scheme endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met.  A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through our awarding organisations we have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. We are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Our knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables us to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

Method of Study

Paper Based Version

The course comes to you as a paper-based pack delivered by courier.

You will be given guidance through the Study Guide on the nuts and bolts of studying and submitting assignments.

Postal assignments cannot be accepted without prior permission from the tutor.

Online Version

Our online courses are fully digitised versions of the paper-courses, so you can study on any PC or smart device when connected to the internet.

As with the paper course, your online learning programme is completely flexible, so you can study at a pace that suits you.

All of our online course content is broken down into bite size chunks to make your learning more manageable and effective.

Method of Assessment

The course contains a number of assignments which your tutor will mark and give you valuable feedback on. We call these Tutor Marked Assignments (TMAs). You need only send the TMAs to your tutor for comment, not the self-assessment exercises which are also part of the course to help you gauge your progress.

Course Length Information

This course can be taken over a 12 month period but you can complete it as fast or as slowly as you wish.

Tutor Support

You will have access to a tutor via email who will mark your work and guide you through the course and will assist you with any problems you may have. In addition you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process.