Course Details

  • If you are already working as a teaching assistant and would like to carry out higher-level responsibilities in primary, secondary, SEN or sixth form environments, this dedicated course will help you achieve the nationally recognised status of HLTA.

    Looking at factors that impact learning and planning to meet these different needs, you’ll develop the professional attributes of an HLTA, focusing on communication skills with parents and adults, monitoring and assessment, record keeping, behaviour management and the direction of other adults to support learning.

    You’ll be using examples of work that you are already involved in to showcase your current capabilities, as well as requesting reports from senior members of your team, building up a portfolio of relevant evidence that demonstrates your skills. You’ll show your expertise in an individual area, and provide examples of how you support pupils and teachers inside and outside the classroom, taking part in educational visits, professional meetings and extra-curricular activities.

  • You’ll need to be employed in a school or educational environment on a full or part-time basis, and already hold a Level 2 Teaching Assistant Qualification.

    You should also have GCSEs in Maths and English at grade C or above, or equivalent Level 2 qualification, and a supporting statement from your headteacher.


  • You will be assessed for this qualification through the portfolio of evidence you have built up. An assessor will also visit your school for a half-day to mark this, allowing you to explain in more detail, and verifying this work with your headteacher.

  • Whilst this course is designed to provide you with the HLTA status that’s directly relevant to your employment, you could use it as a stepping stone to further courses and levels of study at The Manchester College.

    You may wish to look at a Foundation Degree in Childhood and Youth Studies for example, or consider a BA (Hons) in education as options to shift onto another career path in the industry.

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  • The total cost for this course is currently £800. This includes tuition fees and the assessor’s fee.

    You’ll find that there’s lots of different support available to help you pay for College and finance your education, including tuition fee loans, special grants and bursaries, and a number of extra funding opportunities, depending on your circumstances. You can find out everything you need to know on our dedicated Fees, Finance and Funding page.

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  • Our course enquiries team is on-hand to answer any questions you might have about this qualification, the application process, enrolment, or anything else about life at The Manchester College.


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