LTHE Assessment

LTHE Assessment

Formal assessment on the LTHE Programme is not mandatory: you can choose whether or not you would like to undertake the assessment, which leads to a formal accreditation.  Full details regarding the LTHE Assessment are in our LTHE Handbook & Assessment Guidance; this page summarises some of the main points.

There are two LTHE Assessment Routes—the ASPIRE/HEA Route and the NQF Level 7 (Masters) Route. Candidates are free to choose which route they wish to pursue.  Both routes require submission of an LTHE portfolio, but the Level 7 Route is more advanced, requiring all of the same sections as the ASPRIRE/HEA Route Portfolio, plus additional content.  A ‘Pass’ on the Level 7 Route grants the same awards as a ‘Pass’ on the ASPIRE/HEA route, but also leads to the award of Exeter’s Advanced Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. The requirements for each of the two LTHE assessment routes are as follows:

 LTHE ASPIRE/HEA RouteLTHE Level 7 Route
Portfolio comprising:
  • An ASPIRE/HEA Associate Fellowship application (3,000 words)
  • An ASPIRE/HEA Associate Fellowship application (3,000 words)
 
  • Two references supporting your ASPIRE/HEA application
  • Two references supporting your ASPIRE/HEA application
 
  • Two peer observations (one of you and one by you—combined total of 1,000 words)
  • Two peer observations (one of you and one by you—combined total of 1,000 words)
 
  • A record of your teaching experiences (minimum of 40 hours)
  • A record of your teaching experiences (minimum 50 hours)
   
  • A 2,500-word reflective essay
  Total word count: 4,000 (excluding the teaching record and references) Total word count: 6,500 (excluding the teaching record and references)
What will I achieve?

University of Exeter ASPIRE Associate Fellowship

University of Exeter ASPIRE Associate Fellowship

 

Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)

Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)

   

Certificate in Advanced Study: Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

   

30 credits at NQF Level 7

*30 credits at NQF Level 7 could count towards the University of Exeter's Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice or may contribute towards an equivalent qualification at another Higher Education institution. 

 

Deadlines

We offer two submission sessions per year; the deadlines usually fall in January and June.  Our deadlines for the 2018/19 academic year are:

  • Friday, 18 January 2019
  • Friday, 21 June 2019

We expect to offer broadly similar deadlines next academic year (i.e. in mid-January and mid-June).

You are eligible to complete the LTHE assessment as long as you meet all the following requirements:

  1. You are  either  a Postgraduate Researcher at the University of Exeter or an employee of the university, and your role at the university requires you to teach.  For further details, see LTHE Handbook & Assessment Guidance (PDF)
  2. You have completed Stage 2 within the last 28 months.*  We also stipulate that candidates wait at least six months after completing Stage 2 before submitting the assignment, so that they have time to acquire the necessary evidence and experience.  Your allowed submission dates are shown in the table below.
  3. You have attended an Assessment Tutorial following completion of Stage 2.

Note: You may ‘upgrade’ an existing ASPIRE/HEA Portfolio to a Level 7 Portfolio.  To do so, you must meet all Level 7 assessment requirements within 12 months of passing at ASPIRE/HEA-level.

*If your programme of study is interrupted, the time of the interruption does not form part of the 28-month submission period. Please contact the LTHE team when your interruption starts in order to extend your submission window.  In exceptional circumstances, the LTHE Programme Director may extend the submission date for other reasons. Any application for extension must be made prior to your expected final deadline, as shown in the table below.

Please see the LTHE Handbook & Assessment Guidance (PDF) further on eligibility to undertake the assessment.

 January 2019 deadlineJune 2019 deadlineJanuary 2020 deadlineJune 2020 deadline

January 2021 deadline

June 2021 deadline

Completed Stage 2 in Autumn 2016 Final opportunity to submit          
Completed Stage 2 in Spring 2017 3rd opportunity to submit Final opportunity to submit        
Completed Stage 2 in Autumn 2017 2nd opportunity to submit 3rd opportunity to submit Final opportunity to submit      
Completed Stage 2 in Spring 2018 1st opportunity to submit 2nd opportunity to submit 3rd opportunity to submit Final opportunity to submit    
Completed Stage 2 in Autumn 2018   1st opportunity to submit 2nd opportunity to submit 3rd opportunity to submit Final opportunity to submit  
Completed Stage 2 in Spring 2019     1st opportunity to submit 2nd opportunity to submit 3rd opportunity to submit Final opportunity to submit

For information on resubmitting portfolios which have been previously submitted but have been marked as 'Refer' (i.e. have not yet been marked as a Pass), and for information on upgrading a previously submitted and successful ASPIRE/HEA Portfolio to a Level 7 Portfolio, please see our LTHE Handbook & Assessment Guidance (PDF).

Assessment Tutorials

If you want to undertake the LTHE Assessment, you must first attend a two-hour group tutorial (not to be confused with the aforementioned final section of Stage 2, which also addresses the LTHE Assessment). You must have completed LTHE Stage 2 before attending a tutorial. You need only attend one tutorial.

In an Assessment Tutorial session, you will be guided in developing your Associate Fellowship portfolio and be given information about the Level 7 assignment. You will also have the opportunity to discuss your Portfolio with one of the LTHE tutors and your peers in order to address any questions you may have.

The tutorials to be held in advance of the January 2019 and June 2019 submission deadlines are:

TutorialTime & DateLocation

Streatham Autumn #1
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Wed, 28 Nov 2018, 2:00-4:00 pm

Streatham Campus
Old Library 134

Streatham Autumn #2
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Wed, 5 Dec 2018, 2:00-4:00 pm Streatham Campus
Old Library 134

Penryn Autumn
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Tues, 27 Nov 2018, 2:00-4:00 pm Penryn Campus
Room TBC

Streatham Spring #1
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Wed, 27 Mar 2019, 2:00-4:00 pm Streatham Campus
Queens LT7.2

Streatham Spring #2
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Wed, 24 Apr 2019, 2:00-4:00 pm Streatham Campus
Queens LT7.2

Penryn Spring
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Tues, 26 Mar 2019, 2:00-4:00 pm Penryn Campus
Room TBC

The booking process: To book a place on a Tutorial, please click on the relevant hyperlink in the above table (which will take you to the relevant booking page on My Career Zone).  Booking for each tutorial will close on the Sunday before the tutorial.  If you have problems booking, or questions about the LTHE Tutorial, please email LTHE@exeter.ac.uk

For LTHE Tutorials in the next academic year (2019/20): We anticipate these will be held in November/December 2019 and March/April 2020, but exact dates have not yet been decided.  To express your interest, please email LTHE@exeter.ac.uk.  We will then record your details with a view to contacting you as soon booking opens or whenever we release any pertinent information. 

 

Pre-Submission Forms

If you are considering submitting an LTHE Assignment, you should complete the relevant pre-submission form(s) and return these to us (at LTHE@exeter.ac.uk) as soon as possible, and at least 2 weeks before your intended submission deadline.  Doing so allows us to prepare to receive your assignment, thereby easing your submission.

 

References

Your Portfolio must be accompanied by two supporting references from people who are in a position to comment on your professional achievements in relation to teaching and/or supporting students’ learning in the Higher Education sector.  For full information regarding these references (including criteria to help you select eligible referees), please see the LTHE Handbook & Assessment Guidance (PDF).

The first reference would usually come from the person who observed you deliver a session. To facilitate this, the LTHE/ASPIRE Peer-Observation Form (available on our ELE page) contains a ‘Reference for ASPIRE/HEA Application for Associate Fellow Status’ section for your observer to complete, if they are willing also to be a reference.

For you second reference you should use the LTHE Reference Form in which your second referee is asked to write in support of your ASPIRE/HEA Associate Fellow application. Guidance for your referee is appended to this document.  You will need to provide your referee with a copy of the Reference form and your ASPIRE/HEA application; they would be expected to confirm in their reference that the information in your application is correct, and to comment on your practice against the UKPSF (also appended to the Reference Form document).  Your referee might also wish to give additional examples of your contributions to supporting learners in Higher Education.