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Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) preparation courses

Leeds Trinity University has been providing Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) preparation courses for many years. We are one of the most established and highly regarded providers in the region and part of the HLTA National Assessment Partnership. We are also a key partner in the HLTA North​ Consortium, which provides assessment and information for existing and aspiring HLTAs.

Online HLTA programme

The Leeds Trinity online programme will consist of supported and self-directed study, access to online materials and guidance, and five mandatory webinars. Please click on the link below for further details and the application form.

National HLTA Standards

We use the National HLTA Standards during the assessment and to verify HLTA status.

Entry requirements

Applications are welcomed from Teaching Assista​nts in all types of schools. In order to meet the entry requirements, applicants must:

  • be employed in an education setting​
  • have GCSE grade C or above or the equivalent in English and Mathematics. (HLTA entry tests in English and Mathematics can be taken if you do not have GCSE grade C or above or an equivalent qualification)

Confirmation of application

Candidates who have received a letter confirming a place on​ a programme can download the Pre-Course Checklist.

Course locations 

We plan to run all future HLTA Preparation courses online. The HLTA Preparation online course will consist of a combination of supported and self-directed study, access to online materials and guidance, and five mandatory webinars.

  • Leeds applications for the face-to-face Leeds programme are operated by the local authority on our behalf. Please contact Jenny Davis on 0113 378 6747, or email jennifer.davis@leeds.gov.uk
  • Details of our partners who provide courses in Bradford, York, Sheffield, Liverpool and elsewhere across the north of England can be found on the HLTA North website.

Course dates

All start dates are to be confirmed, however, each intake will run in the following months:

Winter 2021 intake - January - March 2022

Spring 2022 intake - April - June 2022

Autumn 2022 intake - September - November 2022.

Contact Us

Whether you have a question or need more information on our HLTA programme, you can email us at hlta@leedstrinity.ac.uk