CREATE FAQ

Who can take part in the scheme?

Level 1 is open to academic staff. For staff who are not mandated to complete Level 1 or 2, you will need to seek Head of School or line manager approval before engaging in the scheme.

Level 2 is open primarily for those on Pathway 1 and 3. However, we can discuss if you have the scope of learning and teaching responsibilities necessary for Level 2 if you contact ASD. 

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How long will it take to complete?

Level 1 and 2 both take 8 months each.

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How much teaching do I need?

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What if I cannot attend all the Core sessions?

There are repeat offerings of the Core sessions through the year to allow you to timetable attending them. If you really cannot attend one of the sessions, you are able to take ONE as a self-directed learning task - typically a 2000-3000 word essay. 

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Can I do two levels at the same time?

No. The scheme has been designed to ensure that no one level is too onerous but also to give you space to review and develop your practice in a reasonable timeframe and considered manner appropriate to your professional practice.

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How will each level be assessed?

Level 1 and 2 are each assessed by the submission of a portfolio of evidence, including an opening and closing statement, two teaching observations and an assignment.

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Who are the HEA?

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) are the national body for enhancing learning and teaching in higher education (HE). They are committed to excellent learning and teaching, supporting UK HE organisations with an emphasis on improving the student experience.

They:

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How will the portfolios be assessed?

All the portfolios are considered by two independent Peer Assessors ahead of the Internal Assessment Panel (IAP) which makes recommendations on a portfolio. This is taken to the External Assessment Panel (EAP) that includes an External Examiner (who is at least a Fellow of the HEA and actively engaged in the provision of an accredited programme in another institution) where the final decision is made.  The EAP meets two or three times per year with further meetings subject to demand. Participants who are not successful on their first submission will have 3 months ('Refer Minor' outcome) and 6 months ('Refer' outcome) to resubmit their portfolio following feedback. Appeals against an outcome can be made by writing to the Lead Assessor.

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What happens if I start and want to withdraw?

You will need to contact ASD to discuss future time frames for re-engaging in the level. Your Head of School/line manager will also be notified for information.

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Do I have to do each level in order?

Yes, unless you have been exempted from all of Level 1.

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Why are the start dates when they are?

These timings correspond with University teaching blocks. This reflects the necessity of participants to be engaged in a minimum number of hours of teaching whilst undertaking each level as the HEA recognition is premised on staff reflecting on their current teaching practice and demonstrating how this informs future practice.

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Who do I contact if I have any questions about the scheme?

Academic Staff Development at create-asd@bristol.ac.uk

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Do I have to do Level 2 straight after Level 1?

No. You can take up to a 3 year break between level 1 and level 2.

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If I am planning to do Level 2 straight after Level 1 do I also get an AFHEA award?

No. For those on contracts where completion of Level 2 is a requirement we will be in contact to establish when you anticipate undertaking Level 2. If it is not a requirement of your role and you take a break in the scheme after Level 1 (or leave the institution) you will receive the AFHEA award.

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Is this qualification transferable?

Yes, the HEA accreditation is recognised across the UK higher education sector for learning and teaching and increasingly more globally.

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Can I carry forward attendance at sessions I have already done to the scheme?

Yes – if you have attended the same or an equivalent workshop session in the last 3 academic years and can continue to demonstrate how this session/course influences your current academic and professional practice in your portfolio. This will be need to be confirmed with the ASD team ahead of enrolment on a level.

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