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The Level 4 Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) qualification helps teaching assistants advance into the next stage of their career. If you’re currently in a teaching assistant role, the HLTA qualification can enhance your skills, grant you new opportunities and responsibilities, and even increase your salary.

In this article, we explain everything you need to know about the Level 4 Higher Level Teaching Assistant qualification, including how it can help you in your career. 

What Can You Do With a HLTA Qualification?

What is the HLTA?

The Higher Level Teaching Assistant qualification is the most advanced teaching assistant qualification. It is designed to develop on the knowledge, understanding and skills that learners have already acquired from their existing teaching assistant role. 

What does the HLTA allow you to do?

The HLTA allows you to move into a higher level teaching assistant role. This role offers a higher salary and increased responsibilities. In addition to all your current responsibilities as a standard teaching assistant, you may also be required to:

  • Teach classes on your own
  • Cover planned absences
  • Manage other learning support staff

How do you become qualified?

The requirements to enrol on this course are as follows:

  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Have good literacy skills
  • Work in a school as a TA for at least 12 hours per week 
  • Have at least 50 hours of classroom experience 

This course offers a combination of online and in-person learning. To complete this course, you’ll be required to be observed by an expert witness in a real school setting.

How long does the course take?

The HLTA has approximately 360 hours of study time and learners have a maximum of 12 months to complete it. Most learners will complete the HLTA in 5-6 months, although you can finish it sooner or later depending on your schedule.

How does the course affect salary?

The Higher Level Teaching Assistant role increases your responsibilities, and therefore increases your salary, too. 

Starting salaries for full-time, permanent teaching assistants are typically around £17,364.

By becoming a higher level teaching assistant, your salary will typically increase in the range of £1000-£8000. The upper end of that range is usually reserved for those with additional specialisms or SEN responsibilities.

Become a higher level teaching assistant with CTC Training today. We offer the Level 4 HLTA among our wide range of distance learning courses. Enrol today and you’ll gain access to our 24/7 student portal, where you can view course content and upload assessments at your leisure.

Enrol on a course or contact our team for more information. 

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