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Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)

Key Facts

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

    2 terms part time

  • Starting:

    Optional

  • Location:

    Venues throughout East Midlands

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

TEF Gold. Teaching Excellence Framework.

Overview


This course is designed to support teaching assistants and other school support staff to progress to the role of Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA), recognising your experience and the specialist support you offer to your workplace.

We cover the East Midlands, Peterborough, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk regions. We have various groups running each term, please contact us for further information.We cover the East Midlands, Peterborough, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk regions. We have various groups running each term, please contact us for further information.

Updated 23/11/2020

Highlights


  • Online facilitated learning (or Preparation for Assessment) within the University approved interactive platform.
  • Status approved by HLTA national Assessment Partnership (HNAP)
  • Excellent ongoing tutor support
  • Experienced assessors who receive up to date HNAP feedback
  • Competitive adjusted fee structure
  • Gain recognised HLTA status for your ability to work at a higher level.
  • Earn credits that can be used towards our FdA Learning and Teaching degree.
  • Venues throughout East Midlands (Northampton, Leicester, Lincoln, Derby and Nottingham)

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Course Content


  • HLTAs work under the guidance of a teacher within clearly defined roles and responsibilities relevant to their own educational settings. They are experienced practitioners who offer specialist support for learning. A HLTA in a primary school, for example, might give support across the curriculum but with particular expertise to support progress in numeracy, literacy, music or art and design.

    HLTAs are highly skilled and have good knowledge of specific aspects of the curriculum. You will be able to undertake whole class teaching activities under the guidance of a teacher, with teachers remaining the leaders and experts in the classroom. The particular responsibilities of an individual HLTA is decided by the school management.

    The three preparation days are designed for candidates that already meet the 33 standards and to support candidates in preparing for assessment. This will include completion of tasks, gathering of supporting evidence and an assessor visit to your setting. These three preparation days are designed to address all the HLTA standards in relation to your work in your own educational settings.

  • To be eligible for this course you must:

    • have the endorsement of your headteacher who knows that you must have opportunities to take whole classes and that they and a teacher in the school will be interviewed by an assessor about how you meet the HLTA standards in the normal course of your work
    • be able to prove that you have advanced the learning of pupils when working with whole classes without the presence of an assigned teacher, in addition to individuals and small groups
    • have achieved a nationally recognised qualification at level 2 or above in English/literacy and mathematics/numeracy in accordance with Standard 11 of the HLTA Standards

    The application process for this course is direct to the University and not via the Student Self Service pages. For questions regarding the application process, or to request an application pack, please email hlta@northampton.ac.uk or telephone on (01604) 893527.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • Minimum standard – IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent)
      for study at undergraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

    How to apply

    The application process for this course is direct to the University and not via the Student Self Service pages. For questions regarding the application process, or to request an application pack, please email hlta@northampton.ac.uk or call 01604 893527.

  • 21/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • Preparation and assessment – £795
    • Preparation for assessment – £345
    20/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Due to current restrictions in place for the COVID-19 pandemic we are offering HLTA preparation and assessment via online webinars and online tools and therefore there is a temporarily discounted price for this period, whilst we are unable to offer face-to-face sessions.

    • Preparation and assessment – £785
    • Preparation for assessment – £335

    The cost for preparation and assessment is a total of £785. The preparation for assessment fee is £335. The assessment fee, in line with the HLTA National Assessment Partnership, is £450. Please be aware that payment of the programme fee does not guarantee achievement of the HLTA status.

    For more information on fees please contact hlta@northampton.ac.uk or call 01604 893527.

  • We are recognised as one of the leading national providers of Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) programmes and are the sole Regional Provider of Assessment (RPA) of HLTA Candidates in the East Midlands region. We work closely with the three other regional RPAs within the HLTA National Assessment Partnership (HNAP) to maintain the quality, consistency and continuity of the programme.

    Candidates can also benefit from:

    • interactions with colleagues across the East Midlands area (Northampton, Leicester, Lincoln, Derby and Nottingham) and Peterborough, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk.
    • being awarded National Assessment Partnership HLTA Status

    For more information visit the HLTA National Assessment Partnership website.

  • How will I be assessed?

    Due to Covid-19 we are now assessing candidates online. The University has great expertise and an excellent success rate. The feedback has been exceptional.

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Careers


HLTA status is recognition of your ability to work at a higher level with increased responsibility.  Working towards this goal can be regarded as a natural progression for able and experienced support staff within education.

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