Higher Level Teaching Assistant Course

Higher Level Teaching Assistant Course

The Higher Level Teaching Assistant course is designed for those who wish to have a career in teaching or child care or wish to apply for the post of a teaching assistant. The course ensures that you develop the appropriate skills required as well as develop a level of understanding needed on the role of Higher Level Teaching Assistant.

What do Higher Teaching Assistants do?

Higher Teaching Assistants provide assistance to qualified teachers. The job content provides for a wide variety of work which is both rewarding and interesting. HLTAs work very closely with qualified teachers and support them in their job function. As an HLTA, you may handle specialist roles for some part of the curriculum, develop complete lesson plans and required support material or even provide support to the teachers across the complete range of subjects. This role is suitable for those interested in a teaching career and employment opportunities are available in

  • Schools
  • Educational Services
  • Child Care centres
  • Academics

What does our Higher Level Teaching Assistants course equip you with?

The extensive course content of our Higher Level Teaching Assistants course covers all 33 HLTA standards set out for teachers, parents and employers the Assistants are required to make the contribution to pupil’s learning. The course will not provide you with HLTA status, but it provides you with invaluable insights so that you can progress in this field. The course is designed with the HLTA Standards and is a very useful tool for people looking to make a career in this field.

What are the options available after completion of this course?

There are several options available after completion of the course:

  1. Study further for a foundation course: Join a university and obtain a degree for a foundation course.
  2. Train to be a teacher: Continue the training and take higher responsibilities to be a teacher. The teaching profession ensures higher pay as well as job satisfaction.
  3. Become an HLTA: Complete the assessment and join any educational institute as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant.


The entire syllabus of the Higher Level Teaching Assistant Course is divided into ten sections so that all aspects are covered thoroughly. These sections are explained briefly along with the learning outcomes expected.

  • Communications and Positive Relationship Building: This section will deal with the methods to establish respectful, fair, constructive and supportive relationship with both children, as well as young people. Communication skills required for dealing effectively and sensitively with children, colleagues and parents will also be taught.


  • Maintaining Communication Channels: This section deals with the methodology required to maintain communications with children, young people, as well as adults. You will be able to demonstrate a commitment to cooperative and collaborative working with both colleagues as well as children under your care. This section also deals with directing the work of other adults to support learning.
  • Planning, Curriculum and Assessment: Curriculum has to be designed keeping in view the regulatory framework relating to the age, as well as the abilities of the learners. This section deals with such issues as well as teaches non-regulatory framework which has to be kept in mind when designing the curriculum. The section also inoculates the understanding of the objectives, content as well as outcomes and also imparts methodology to support the students in accessing the course material and the curriculum. The curriculum has to be designed within the framework of the Special Educational Needs code of practice as well as confirm to the disabilities legislation. The course also imparts knowledge about other frameworks that support both the development and well-being of children and young persons.
  1. Assessment, Monitoring, Feedback and Recording module: Evaluating the children and making changes according to their requirement based on the outcome are very important. This module seeks to teach:


  • How to use the areas of expertise to contribute to the overall planning and preparation of learning activities and also to use these areas of expertise in planning their role in these learning activities.
  • To devise innovative and structured activities that will motivate and interest learners so that they can advance in learning.
  • Supporting these special children and young persons in their learning activities.
  • Assess and monitor continuously the responses so that required modifications can be carried out. This will also result in a much-focussed feedback and support.
  • How to contribute actively to the selection as well as preparation of resources that are suitable for use by children and young people and that are suitable for their abilities and interest.
  • How to support the evaluation of the progress and how to use the different range of assessment techniques.
  • How to use skills of Information and Communications technology.
  • Keep the safety of the learners in mind and organise and manage learning activities accordingly.
  • Child Development: This module focuses on recognising and respecting the contribution of parents and carers in the well-being and development of children and persons under their care. It will also look at the key factors that affect young people, as well as children’s learning abilities and progress. This will impart understanding areas of expertise so that the necessary support can be provided for development, learning and progress of these people.


  • The Motivation for Learners: Focussing on motivational aspects, this module focuses on advance learning when working with individuals or small groups. It will also deal with cases when learning is done in the whole class in the absence of the regular teacher.
  • Understanding Equality, Inclusion and Diversity: The true nature of a society is measured by equality, diversity and inclusion. The section teaches us to have high expectation from children and young people in spite of any difficulties or disabilities and work with a firm commitment so that these students can reach their full potential under your care. This will also teach you to demonstrate such positive attitude, values and behaviour that we expect from the young people and children. You will also be trained to contribute to effective personalised efforts to account for diversity.


  • Handling Special Education Needs Learners: This module focuses on supporting learners in accessing the curriculum in line with the disabilities legislation and special educational needs code of practice. Learn how to support the inclusion of such children in the activities and use specially designed strategies to promote positive behaviour. Also, learn to recognise and deal effectively with situations if they challenge the equality of opportunities.
  • Personal Professional Development: This module focuses on the personal professional development and the use of ICT to support your professional activities. This will also guide you in using your professional qualifications for your growth.


  • Enhancing Areas of Expertise: It is necessary to access and evaluate new theories and practices in order to progress professionally. This module will update your skill-sets and enhance your areas of expertise by updating your knowledge base and practise and also make you adept at responding positively to feedback and advice.