Foundations in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (FLTHE)

The FLTHE programme has been designed to support staff new to teaching and those with closely defined teaching responsibilities, such as visiting lecturers, professional services, clinician-educators, demonstrators, and postgraduate research students who teach, to gain Associate Fellowship of Advance HE. 

The programme aims to support HE teachers in the development of their teaching skills and ideas in the context of their current teaching role, and to increase their understanding and appreciation of alternative approaches and wider viewpoints of teaching and learning issues.

The programme is accredited by Advanced HE (formerly, the Higher Education Academy or HEA), the national body which champions teaching excellence. On successful completion of the programme, you will be entitled to become an Associate Fellow of the HEA, a national (and growingly international) recognition of your development within Higher Education learning & teaching.

Who is this programme suitable for?

This programme is suitable for:

  • early career researchers with some teaching responsibilities (e.g. PhD students, GTAs, contract researchers/post-doctoral researchers etc.)
  • new to teaching (including those with part-time academic responsibilities such as clinician-educators)
  • a member of staff who supports academic provision (e.g. learning technologists, learning developers and learning resource/library staff)
  • a member of staff who undertakes the role of demonstrator/ technician with some teaching-related responsibilities
  • an experienced staff member working in a relevant professional area who may be new to teaching and/or supporting learning.


In order to register to complete the FLTHE programme, you will need to have attended Stage 1 of the programme: Introduction to Supporting Student Learning

You are also required to have a confirmed and current teaching responsibility to engage in this programme in order to successfully achieve Associate Fellowship.

For further details, please view the FLTHE Handbook.

Teaching Requirement

To achieve Associate Fellowship status, participants must have a confirmed current teaching commitment within an HE context and have teaching appropriate to Descriptor 1 (please see the  Advance HE Fellowship category tool to see your suitability). This is a requirement to be able to fully participate in the programme and meet the intended learning outcomes.
Your teaching commitment can include demonstrating in practical classes, supporting student learning in placement/practice settings, leading seminars and tutorials, giving occasional lectures, marking and giving feedback on assessments, or supervising project students.

Register to participate

If you have already completed Stage 1 of FLTHE, and would like to register to complete the remainder of the FLTHE programme (Stage 2) and associated assessment as a route to Associate Fellowship of Advance HE, please apply here to Stage 2 of the FLTHE programme.

The opportunities for engaging with the programme centre around the below key dates:

FLTHE (stage 2) Programme Dates

Date Timings Programme 
FLTHE Stage 2 (HEA) Cohort 5 (2021-22)
4 August 2022 N/A C5 - Application deadline
9 August 2022 10-11am C5 - Welcome Webinar
22 September 2022 10am-12pm C5 - Core Workshop (Face-to-Face Workshop)
6 October 2022 10-11am C5 - Q&A Webinar
19 October 2022 N/A C5 - Portfolio deadline
FLTHE Stage 2 (HEA) Cohort 1 (2022-23)
26 September 2022 N/A Application Deadline
29 September 2022 10am-12pm Welcome Webinar
13 October 2022 N/A Submit Formative Task
20 October 2022 N/A Complete Peer Feedback
27 October 2022 9am-1pm Face to Face Core Workshop
10 November 2022 4-5pm Q&A Webinar
17 November 2022 N/A Submit Portfolio
FLTHE Stage 2 (HEA) Cohort 2 (2022-23)
10 November 2022 N/A Application Deadline
14 November 2022 1-3pm Welcome Webinar
28 November 2022 N/A Submit Formative Task
05 December 2022 N/A Complete Peer Feedback
12 December 2022 9am-1pm Face to Face Core Workshop
09 January 2023 1-2pm Q&A Webinar
16 January 2023 N/A Submit Portfolio
FLTHE Stage 2 (HEA) Cohort 3 (2022-23)
26 January 2023 N/A Application Deadline
31 January 2023 10am-12pm Welcome Webinar
14 February 2023 N/A Submit Formative Task
21 February 2023 N/A Complete Peer Feedback
28 February 2023 9am-1pm Face to Face Core Workshop
14 March 2023 10-11am Q&A Webinar
21 March 2023 N/A Submit Portfolio
FLTHE Stage 2 (HEA) Cohort 4 (2022-23)
17 March 2023 N/A Application Deadline
22 March 2023 10am-12pm Welcome Webinar
05 April 2023 N/A Submit Formative Task
12 April 2023 N/A Complete Peer Feedback
19 April 2023 9am-1pm Face to Face Core Workshop
03 May 2023 10-11am Q&A Webinar
10 May 2023 N/A Submit Portfolio