In a typical week you will have around 16 contact hours of teaching and in the final year you will have slightly less contact time in order to do more independent study.
The nature of your contact time will vary from module to module but for a 15-credit module it will typically be structured around:
8 hours of interactive workshops
12 hours of large group lectures
10 hours of seminars in groups of around 10 students
18 hours of supervised lab practicals simulations or visits and shadowing opportunities.
In addition to the contact time you are expected to undertake around 8 - 9 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.
Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.
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, professional practitioners with clinical experience, demonstrators and technical laboratory officers.
Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Teaching is informed by research and consultancy, and 56 per cent of University lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.
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 examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, laboratory reports, portfolios, presentations and a final year independent study project.
The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:
3 formal examinations of 2 hours and 3 formal examinations of 1.5 hours duration
1 practical test of 2 hours duration
6 x practical files/reports
2 x individual or group presentations
3 x formal examinations of 2 hours and 4 formal examinations of 1.5 hours duration
4 practical reports
2 individual or group presentations
1 research proposal
Major independent study project of 7000 - 9000 words
1 formal examinations of 2.5 hours and 4 formal examinations of 1.5 hours duration
2 practical examinations of 1.5 hours
You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support 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.