Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) Diploma
The Higher Level Teaching Assistant Diploma (HLTA) has been developed for those working, or hoping to work, in the role of a HLTA. It will help to develop a level of understanding of skills required and the responsibilities of a HLTA.
Level 4 / Quality Licence Scheme / PI644
over 12 months and £ deposit
over 12 months and £ deposit
12 months expert tutor support
24 hour access
Fully accredited course
Quality Licence Scheme
The modules of the Higher Level Teaching Assistant Diploma have been based around the professional standards for HLTA status. This sets out to teachers, employers and pupils the contribution a teaching assistant can be expected to make to a pupil’s learning. This course does not supply you with a HLTA status. It has however, been written in conjunction with the 33 TDA standards and will give you all the knowledge needed to successfully progress in this field. These standards cover three areas:
Professional attributes (standards 1-7)
Such skills set out the attitudes, values and also the commitment expected of a Higher Level Teaching Assistant.
Professional knowledge and understanding (standards 8-16)
These attributes set out the information, knowledge and skills needed by HLTAs to be able to work effectively with teachers who play a vital role as part of the professional team supporting learning.
Professional skills (standards 17-33)
These skills set out the expectations for monitoring, planning, managing and also evaluating learning within the framework of supervision which will be agreed with the teacher, and also arrangements made by the head teacher of the selected school.
Students will be required to complete a range of questions all of which are in place to encourage a variety of responses. These answers will include descriptive responses or the completion of more hands on practical activities. If you work with children at the moment you can use the activities completed to support your role. However, if you do not currently work with children, you will find that the questions have been structured in a particular way so that you will have an alternative method of answering them.
These skills set out the expectations for monitoring, planning, managing and also evaluating learning within the framework of supervision which will be agreed with the teacher, and also arrangements made by the head teacher of the selected school. Students will be required to complete a range of questions all of which are in place to encourage a variety of responses. These answers will include descriptive responses or the completion of more hands on practical activities. If you work with children at the moment you can use the activities completed to support your role. However, if you do not currently work with children, you will find that the questions have been structured in a particular way so that you will have an alternative method of answering them.
The average starting salary for a Teaching Assistant is £12,000. Once you have qualified for your Higher Level Teaching Assistant qualification you could earn between £16,000 and £21,000 each year.
Once you have completed this course, it is the responsibility of the school to decide if you can be granted HLTA status (some schools may have additional requirements that need to be met befo
The good news is that learners who wish to undertake the QLS L4 Higher Level Teaching Assistant Diploma do not require any previous knowledge to enrol on the course as full support will be provided. However, it is always advisable to have study skills at QLS level 3 and many leaners have completed qualifications such as Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools at QLS Level 3 or similar before embarking on the HLTA course. If in doubt, please contact the NCC student support team who will advise accordingly.
Students will be assessed on their knowledge through a mix of questions which require a range of responses from the learner. This will include descriptive answers or the completion of practical activities. If at present you are currently working with children, the activities required for completion may be used in support of your specific job role. The questions are structured in a way that you can provide an alternative way of answering, if you do not currently work with children at the moment.
It might be a good idea to approach the head of one of your local schools, to explain what you are doing and to see whether there are any opportunities for you to help out and gain voluntary work experience.
The Certificate of Achievement from Quality Licence Scheme is gained by successfully completing a series of assignments. Your personal tutor will review, mark and provide you with feedback
At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from 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 NCC Home Learning 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 QLS 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 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’s knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables them 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
- Module 1: Communication and Positive Relationships
- Module 2: Curriculum, Planning and Assessment
- Module 3: Child Development
- Module 4: Personal Professional Development
- Module 5: Equality and Diversity and Inclusion
Students will receive a Higher Level Teaching Assistant Diploma manual, as well as a study guide and also have access to tutor support by email or mail (for twelve months following your initial registration). You will be assigned a personal tutor who will be on hand to answer any questions or queries you may have throughout the completion of your course. Learners also have access to our student support team who are available to solve any other issues you may have. Students can feel confident that they have access to unlimited support.
Distance learning is the most flexible and convenient approach to studying. There is no need for you to attend college and, therefore, you can study anytime, any place, anywhere that fits in with your lifestyle. Distance learning programmes are ideal for people who may have a full-time job, or other commitments, that won’t allow them time off to study.
You'll need to be able to commit the required time to your studies. We recommend that you choose a course you think will interest you, and help you to achieve your ambitions. If you would like some advice, or further information, please call our helpline free on 0333 3445 690.
To purchase a course, simply click on the ‘Buy now’ button against your chosen course and follow the on screen instructions. Alternatively if you would prefer to purchase the course over the phone, call 0333 3445 690 and speak to one of our expert course advisors.
The course operates through a study pack and access to your own personal tutor. Once you have chosen your course we will send you your study pack, which you will be required to work through before completing the course.
Depending on the course you have chosen, you will either be required to complete assignments and submit these for marking as the course progresses and/or be required to sit an end exam. The end exam could be in the form of multiple choice questions, or be an invigilated exam at a registered test centre.
Your completed assignments will need to be sent to your tutor for marking/assessment, you will then receive written feedback and guidance. It may be possible to submit your assignments by email, however you will need to check this with your tutor. Please be aware that your assignments will be maintained by NCCHL for moderation and audit purposes.
These requirements will always be listed on the course description page, so please refer to this for details of what is required for each individual course.
Depending on the course you have chosen, and the amount of time you can commit, it could take from 6 weeks to 12 months to complete your course.
The duration of the course is largely down to you though. The beauty of home learning is that it allows you complete flexibility to fit your studies around your lifestyle and other commitments. You can dedicate as much, or as little, time as you want to your studies - no one will be chasing you for your work or asking why you haven’t submitted an assignment.
We do strongly recommend, though, that before you purchase a course you assess your ability to commit the necessary time to completing the course in a timeframe that will not leave you losing your motivation.
We guarantee that you will receive your course materials within 5 days of purchase, but for many courses we would anticipate that you will have to wait no more than 48 hours.
The course materials are always sent to you via a tracked courier service, to ensure that you receive your study pack within our stated period.
The cost is largely dependent on the type of the course. The longer the course is the higher the cost will be, due to the size of the study pack and the nature of the qualification.
All prices are clearly stated on the course description page and will always be displayed prior to you committing to purchase a course.
Please note that there may be additional fees required should your course have an external assessment, such as A Levels, ICB qualifications etc. To clarify, please speak to a course advisor.
You will be allocated your own personal tutor who can be contacted via e-mail, telephone, fax or post for help and advice on any aspect of the course.
Many courses require that you submit work to your tutor during the period of study and your tutor will assess your work and pass comments back to you. Your tutor is available to you as much as you need them.
Please be aware that officially the tutor support provided with the course is for a period of 12 months, although if you need longer let us know and we’ll endeavour to extend that.
All of our courses are accredited, so you need to show that you have acquired the knowledge to pass the course – this may involve sitting an examination, but it depends on the course you have chosen.
Some courses require you to be continually assessed throughout the course, while others may require an end of course exam or assignment (which may be completed at home) to be submitted to your tutor.
Certain types of qualifications, A-levels and GCSEs for example, do require you to sit an invigilated exams at a registered test centre. You will need to organise and pay for the examinations yourself, however full details of what you need to do will be available from the centre who are delivering the qualification.
If in doubt, please email ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’, NCC can then discuss or put you in touch directly with the course provider.
Yes, there are no geographical limits to where you can study.
You just need to be aware that all tutors are based in the UK and work may need to be submitted to them via post, although in most cases e-mail can be used.
Where the course requires that you sit an invigilated exam at a test centre, there are many exam centres outside of the UK. However, we would advise that you check with us before purchasing one of these courses if you want to study from abroad.
All of our courses are accredited and you will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course.
For more information about this please see the section of the website that details how awarding bodies work and what the different types of qualifications are.
Yes, you can take as many courses as your time allows. But we would recommend that you clearly evaluate how much time you can commit to your courses of study.
The good news is though that if your circumstances change you can always take a break and come back to your studies.
Additionally, discounts are available if you buy more than one course at the same time.
Your work will be marked and feedback returned to you within 12 working days after submission. This is because our tutors are required to provide detailed, considered feedback to our learners that may take a while to formulate. We find that by working this way, our learners actually complete their course in less time, as they rarely need to submit an assignment more than twice.
Whilst it is possible to submit multiple assignments at the same time, we advise that our learners submit only one at a time. We want our learners to develop as they progress through their course, and find this is best achieved when a student embarks on a new module having taken into account tutor feedback from the previous submission.
No, we provide everything you need to pass your course.
Once you have chosen your course, you can either purchase the course online which will enrol you, or you can call our helpline on 0333 3445 690 who will sign you up for the course and arrange to have all your learning materials sent to you.
If, after receiving the course, you decide it isn’t the right course for you, you can simply return the goods within 14 days and we will send your money back in full for the majority of courses (excluding postage and packaging) or you can choose another course that you feel would suit your needs and ambitions better.
Our online courses are completed through our online learning system after receiving login and access instructions. You will not receive any course materials through the post. The paper based version is posted out in a binder to your home or place of work and requires completion of a portfolio of work that is submitted to your tutor for marking.
All NCC policies and procedures can be provided on request from NCC directly by emailing email@example.com or calling 0333 3445 690.
A reasonable adjustment is any action that helps to reduce the effect of a disability or difficulty that places the candidate at a substantial disadvantage in the assessment situation. Reasonable adjustments must not affect the integrity of what needs to be assessed, but may involve:
Changing standard assessment arrangements, for example allowing candidates extra time to complete the assessment activity Adapting assessment materials, such as providing materials in Braille Providing access facilitators during assessment, such as a sign language interpreter or a reader Re-organising the assessment room, such as removing visual stimuli for an autistic candidate.
Reasonable adjustments are approved or set in place before the assessment activity takes place; they constitute an arrangement to give the candidate access to the assessment activity. The use of a reasonable adjustment will not be taken into consideration during the assessment of a candidate’s work.
Awarding organisations and centres are only required by law to do what is ‘reasonable’ in terms of giving access. What is reasonable will depend on the individual circumstances, cost implications and the practicality and effectiveness of the adjustment. Other factors, such as the need to maintain competence standards and health and safety, will also be taken into consideration.
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Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) Diploma
“I've enrolled to HLTA Diploma course”
I've enrolled to HLTA Diploma course, and I'm really enjoying this, as it tells us to read a bit, and then write about it. So it's very simple. The course itself has been portrayed and easily adaptable for people like me who struggles to study. As it has been structured very well, I am able to work without having tutor support as yet. Bear in mind I'm still on my first module. Would definitely recommend this for people who work in schools and want to gain knowledge and practice.
“Great value for money”
Great value for money. Quick to enrol and finance options available. Would recommend :)
Have finished the Higher Level TA course and on the whole enjoyed the experience.
The underpinning knowledge was helpful.
Did the course on-line and the feedback from Amanda was always very helpful, informative and quick.
“HLTA Level 4 Diploma”
I think the course on line was very well-organized and structured.
The underpinning knowledge in each module was very helpful.
The module activities required knowledge and/or experience and some questions were facilitated adding options in case of lack of experience.
The study support, Ceri Morgan, was very helpful, an amazing student-tutor mediator able to solve any sort of issues promptly.
“Would highly recommend NCC to anyone”
I started this course after being let down by another college and the help and support that I received from the start was exemplary I honestly couldn't ask for better help. I am nearing the end of my course now and by being able to do it in my own time has given me the chance to continue working as well as learning and studying at the same time.
I could contact my tutor by email and receive an email back literally within minutes. Once I submitted assignments I found the feedback to be honest, helpful and constructive. The assignments are all hand written and so take about a week to 10 days for the feedback.
The information and folder that I received was packed with helpful resources and links and really made my learning much easier.
I would highly recommend NCC to anyone and it is definitely worth the price.
Thank you again!!!
“Really enjoyed my course”
I really enjoyed my course. I found it hard as my computer software was not compatable with NCC Home Learning, but with the support of Sally, Joshua and my tutor Kerry , we got through it! Thank you.
“Set my expectations very high indeed!”
I've been very impressed with the course, the materials, the ease of contact / quality of feedback and the structure. My SEN course that was part of a package from UK Learning College is from another provider and I'm struggling to apply myself to it in the same way as the HLTA course. The presentation is much more drab and the way the activities are split up makes a lot less sense than your course. I'll struggle through though, I'm committed to my new career choice and I'm hoping the qualification earned via NCC will give my career a boost.
I'm aware that I've worked more intensively that a lot of your students might do but I found that this was the best approach for me. Thanks again for a great course, this being my first distance learning course the only negative that I would have is that you've set my expectations for other learning very high indeed!
“Really stretched my mind...”
I found the course challenging at times but I used the resources I was given and had success. Each module I completed was successful and had none returned for additional work to be done. I did find that there was quite a gap between each Module which for some people would be ideal, for me I would have preferred a shorter period of time.
I enjoyed the course and it really stretched my mind and made me think and be creative.
“Definitely looking at more NCC courses!”
I spent a long time looking for a course I could complete around working full time. This particular course (and the Child Psychology level 3) really stood out to me because of the reviews. I haven't regretted it at all! Ray (my tutor) is great with feedback and gets work back t me nice and quickly. I've found the file (While a little over whelming at first) really informative and only needed to research further to satisfy my own curiosity. It's taken me about 4 months of fairly relaxed working to get to the stage where I am submitting my final piece of work so it's very doable in the time frame.
Already having a look about as to what I want to do next!
“Very highly recommended”
I am currently studying towards the HLTA Diploma. Having received my pack in the post, I found the material very straight forward and easy to follow. Queries I raised were responded to very quickly, I can't fault the support that I have received. This is a fantastic course, very highly recommended.
“Would use again for another course”
The course was easy accessible the only problem I found was reading it online in future I would opt for paper version as its only me but find reading course information hard online much prefer a paper copy would def use them again for another course
“Great service, very friendly and really helpful”
NCC Home Learning is very easy to set up. My Tutors are very helpful with any questions I have had. They are quick at replying, with great info and feedback on my coursework.
“Fantastic course! Wonderfully helpful staff!”
Just completed their HLTA level Diploma. Was a fantastic course!!
Highly recommend it to anyone! The course was very well laid out, obviously a lot of thought has been put into to writing this course! The materials looked very professional and was a joy to work through.
My tutor (Ray Rev) was extremely helpful. His feedback from my assignments were always informative and very useful! A big thank you Ray and Sally for everything!
I found this course to be great for me. I already work in a school & wanted to extend my own learning without the hassle & expense of going to college.
I thought that the course was realistically priced & being able to spread the cost was great. The course itself was informative & self explanatory. Sally & Daniel were amazing any issues Sally was quick to respond.
Daniel always put positive remarks within my feedback along side any amendments. Trying to decide which course to do next I have recommended this style of learning to some of my colleagues as it fitted in well with my busy life style. Thanks again to Sally & Daniel .
Thank you for the learning opportunity I have gained from this course
“Work marked quickly”
I accessed the course through my employer. The work file was quick to arrive and was easy to follow and included lots of useful and relevant information. Submitted work was marked quickly and communication with tutor was very good. I have recommended this course to my colleagues.
“Flexible - amazing tutor!”
I enjoyed my course a lot as it suites my life style, which is very busy. NCC Home Learning gives me flexibility and was easy to combine with my work and family life. I would definitely recommended this type of learning to my friends or work colleagues. I had really amazing tutor, Amanda always responded to my assignment very quickly with great comments and useful advices.
“Intense, challenging and interesting”
I found this course very intense, challenging and interesting which has supported me in furthering my current career, in teaching education. The staff and team supported all my needs with efficiency. The tutor I was assigned with was outstanding and responded to any concerns and question effectively. I set my own targets which also helped me completed this course. The course had everything I needed to support my learning, hence I found I wanted to research further information on topics raised in this course. At first I thought I would not like or enjoy doing online study, but found it great as I could work at my own speed and time. The feedback from the tutor was very valuable as this gave me more scope and encouragement for the next module. I will be reporting back to my employers to continue to recommend NCC Home online study to others in my work establishment. I would like to thank all the team and special thanks to Kerry Steele and Sally Swift for all the support and fast response I received during my studies. Kindest Regards Jacqueline Bright.
Course was great and beneficial to my job as well as my career. Tutor was in contact and gave feedback back quite quickly. Customer service adviser was amazing and always in touch to answer any questions that I had. Only concern was that I was unsure who to send the modules to, after several months of modules being sent to the wrong place until I contacted someone from NCC for more information. Special thanks to Sally and Ray Rew!!
I would like to thank Amanda for her help and support and guidance. I had a very short deadline with this course and Amanda responded quickly and effective with feedback.
“Enjoyable and interesting course”
The HLTA course has been very effectively for learning. The tutor has been very helpful for me. It was a very enjoyable and interesting course. I will definitely recommend this course to my friends. Thank you.
“Easy to understand and study”
I have thoroughly enjoyed the course and it was easy to understand and study, I thought the communication was wonderful and staff where very helpful with any queries I have had and were very supportive, I am very happy with the course I have done and the support I received throughout the learning journey.
I enjoyed this course very much, I thought the learning materials were appropriate, user friendly and easy to read and understand. I especially appreciated the feedback from each of my module assignments provide by my tutor, Amanda Bradshaw. Her feedback was detailed and thorough and it was very apparent that she has read my assignments thoroughly. If I were to do another course I would definitely consider doing it through NCC. Many Thanks. Jade Loftus.
Beside reading the course materials I also had to do lots of searching online, books. Well, I would say this was very helpful. I was very pleased with all tutors, they were very helpful in answering my questions and giving feedback after each assignment. Than you and will be back soon.
“Definitely the right course for me”
I knew from my first feedback comments that I was doing the right course - thanks to the tutor's confidence in me. I am thoroughly enjoying working in a special needs school where I am being very well valued by teachers. I would consider doing a course on counselling children.0
“Really enjoyed the course”
I did really enjoy NCC Home Learning Course as I did one before, I would do another one if I need to. Thank you very much for all of your help.
“A very enjoyable course”
I found this course very easy to access, the materials were very useful, tutor and student support was very good. I would recommend NCC Home Learning to people who are looking to further their career, and experience. Thank you for a very enjoyable course.
“Very useful course”
Very useful course for anyone who has any experience working in a non-teaching role in a school. Although anyone can do the course, it is much easier to complete if you are or have worked in either a primary o secondary school. The learning materials are easy to follow and relate closely to the tasks in the assignment and the tutor feedback was very positive, The accreditation and standards both match up to industry requirements. Enjoyable and highly recommended course.
I found this course really interesting, through this course I not only learned about the role of HLTA in detail but also learned that how I can develop myself professionally. I liked the situation based questions, it helped me to think in more detail and helped me to understand how I can deal with different situations in my work place.
Thank you for helping me and guiding me throughout my course, I really enjoyed this course and in near future will intend to take more courses because it is flexible and I can complete the course according to my schedule. I will definitely recommend NCC Home Learning to my friends and colleagues as there are a variety of courses and anybody can choose the courses according to their interest and needs.
“Great tutor support”
I would like to thank my tutor for her quick responses to any email I sent her and her positive comments on each module.
“Really enjoyed it”
Really enjoyed this way of learning found it easy to fit around work. Thankyou.
Thoroughly enjoying the course and the confidence it has given me to change direction in my career. The tutor system works well and I find my tutor very motivating.
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