In a typical week you will have around 4 - 20 contact hours of teaching. The precise contact hours will depend on the modules you are studying. In the final year, you will normally have slightly less contact time in order to do more independent study. Contact sessions included interactive lectures, group seminars, small group discussions and practical work.
Typically, class contact time will be structured around:
- Synthesising academic and practical knowledge.
- Applying your knowledge to your professional work in areas of learning support.
- Supported learning and teaching through Virtual Learning Environments and the use of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL).
In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 16 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve directed study tasks, academic reading, reflection on module ideas, and applying knowledge to your professional role.
Work-based learning is an embedded element of the course. Modules are assessed through work related learning and it is a requirement that students are employed or volunteer in a learning support or similar role for the duration of the course. You are expected to undertake this work-based learning for a minimum of two days a week. This enables students to relate their studies to their own setting and context.
A range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources, supports independent learning.
You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with education experience. Teaching is based on research and consultancy; over seventy per cent of course lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows or Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.
The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or 'formative' assignments. Each module has one or more formal or 'summative' assessments, which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.
Assessment methods include:
- Written assignments
- Individual and group presentations
- Case studies
- Reflective portfolio entries
- Problem based learning
- Learning journals / reflective journals
- Independent Studies
- Workplace investigations
- Self-evaluation / needs analysis
- Evaluations of processes and resources
- Poster/leaflet presentations /Production of workplace resources
- Literature critiques
The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the modules studied, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:
- 2 Learning portfolios
- 2 evaluation and annotation of an educational resource
- 4 essays
- 1 critical evaluation
- 1 reflective commentary
- 1 group presentation
- 3 essays
- 1 ethics report
- 1 workplace study plan
- 1 professional enquiry
- 1 learning journal
- 1 group presentation
- 2 reflective commentaries
You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal coursework assessments. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback supports learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.
We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.