Higher Level Teaching Assistant status

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Higher Level Teaching Assistant status is achieved by undergoing a three-day preparation for assessment course delivered by an approved Provider of Preparation (e.g. Hampshire Teaching and Leadership College), followed by assessment by a Regional Provider of Assessment. The three-day course is coaching in preparation of material for assessment, it is not training for the HLTA role. There is an application process for places.


The cost of gaining HLTA status is £865:

  • £415 for the three-day course (£345 for schools with an HTLC subscription)
  • £450 for the assessment

The full amount will be charged to schools on completion of session 1.


Teaching Assistants must have specified qualifications in literacy and numeracy and be able to write about how they have worked during the past year one-to-one, with a group and with a whole class (the latter without a teacher present).


Applicants must have qualifications in numeracy and literacy. See Required Qualifications for details. Candidates without these qualifications can take access tests. These tests are to gain access to HLTA. They do not lead to a qualification and can be used for no other purpose. See the HNAP Level 2 Access tests for full information.


To apply for a place on the three-day course, you are kindly requested to submit the following completed documentation:

Important: Please DO NOT post applications. All the required documentation should be scanned and emailed to [email protected] by the application deadlines detailed in the table below.

Online training arrangements – important information

Our Autumn HLTA Preparation for Assessment course will be delivered virtually via Microsoft Teams, as below:

Day 1: 18 September 2023 - 9:15am to 3pm
Day 2: 25 September 2023 - 9:15am to 3pm
Day 3: 2 October 2023 - 9:15am to 3pm
Day 4: 6 November 2023 - 9am to 11am

Guidance documents

Dates for next intakes

Term Apply by Notify by Course day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Submit work Assessment window
Autumn 2023 6 September 2023 11 September 2023 Virtual training
18 September 2023
full day
Virtual training
25 September 2023
full day
Virtual training
2 October 2023
full day
Tutorial session
Date 6 November 2023
4 December 2023 11 December 2023 to 22 January 2024
Spring 2024 8 January 2024 15 January 2024 Virtual training 22 January 2024 Virtual training 29 January 2024
Virtual training 5 February 2024
Tutorial session
4 March 2024 
15 April 2024 22 April 2024 to 20 May 2024
Summer 2024 24 March 2024 1 April 2024 Virtual training 29 April 2024 Virtual training 6 May 2024 Virtual training 3 June 2024 Tutorial session 1 July 2024  9 September 2024 16 September 2024 to 14 October 2024