Level 4
Level 5

Understanding the Higher level Teaching Assistant Role

Teacher and young people
Level 4
Level 5
Ongoing recruitment
London South Bank University, Croydon
Delivery Partners
Need to Succeed
Need to Succeed
Awarding Body


This unit will provide you with an understanding of the role that a Higher-Level Teaching Assistant in schools. The unit also introduces the principles and practices of being a Higher-Level Teaching Assistant and what is required to carry out the role.

We will also support your personal and professional development so that you can make an informed choice regarding your next career steps.


1. Understand the functions and requirements for being a HLTA

2. Understand the requirements for CPD specific to the role of the HLTA

3. Understand how to work as a team & share specific effective practice with colleagues

Career Progression

This unit is part of the Level 4 Higher Level Teaching Assistant Qualification and if you decide to progress on to the full qualification, you will not have to complete this unit again, it will count towards the achievement.

HLTAs are senior teaching assistants that have an increased level of responsibility. HLTAs will often plan, prepare, and deliver teaching activities with individuals, groups and whole classes. Under the guidance of a qualified teacher, they will often run their own intervention groups and will assess, record and report on pupils’ progress.

If you decide to progress on to the full qualification it will help you in Higher Level roles such as HLTA, Senior TA, SEN Coordinator or access the following study paths:

• Supporting Teaching and Learning Foundation Degree

• Early Years Education Foundation Degree

• Childhood Studies with SEN Foundation Degree

Aspire Eligibility

All programmes are open to Londoners who meet the following criteria:

  • UK resident and living in London
  • Aged 18+
  • Do not hold a level 4 (post-college/sixth form) qualification
  • Either employed (and earning less than London Living Wage) or unemployed/economically inactive

Course Eligibility

Level 2/GCSE (A* - C or Grade 1 - 4) in Maths and English

Level 2 or 3 in Supporting Teaching and Learning in School

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Frequently asked questions

What is expected of me?

- To be an active participant in the programme.

- To complete all of the workbooks funding paperwork and the accredited unit.

- To undertake a workbased project (will be supplied by us if you are currently not working)

- To participate in all the group online workshops and 1-2-1 coaching sessions.

How much does this cost?

Participation in this programme is completely free. It is fully funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Greater London Authority (GLA).

Additional support for travel to and from places of study and other expenses will vary depending on the provider and the support they are able to offer. These options will be discussed during your enrolment.

How long will it take?

The part time programme typically takes 8 - 12weeks to complete

Can I take more than one unit?

You cannot study more than one unit on the Aspire London Programme.  However, upon completion of your programme, you’ll get advice and guidance from your Aspire Careers Coach about how and where you can continue to study, if this is the next step for you and your career progression. This could include a full Level 5 qualification.