Accessibility statement

York Learning and Teaching Award (YLTA) 

YLTA is a taught course designed to support York-based Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) reflect on and develop your practice. It is also intended to help you plan for future employment. For this reason, YLTA challenges participants to look beyond the constraints of your current role as a GTA in order to understand the full range of responsibilities and expectations for academics who teach and support student learning across the UK Higher Education sector.

The course integrates online self-study materials with campus based workshops, peer-support systems, and supervisory support by an experienced academic. The course integrates reflection on your own experience of teaching as a GTA with relevant principles, policies, and pedagogical research.  The aim is to equip you to autonomously address teaching issues and enhancements relevant to your role proactively and constructively. Central to this objective is an emphasis on developing an inter-disciplinary, collaborative, and scholarly approach to teaching.

YLTA is designed to support continuous learning across the nine months through your ongoing development of a summatively assessed Portfolio grounded in your teaching practice as a GTA. 

In addition to the award of 20 Masters-level credits, YLTA is accredited by Advance HE to award Associate Fellow of the HEA (AFHEA) to those who successfully complete the course.

For experienced GTAs who would prefer not to undertake a taught course to achieve AFHEA, you might be interested in our York Professional and Academic Development (YPAD) scheme instead.

Apply for YLTA 2023/24 

Applications for 2023/24 entry are now open. Deadline: 27 April 2023

Please refer to the Application Guidance below for further information before completing the form. 


For more information on YLTA, contact