You will encounter a wide variety of teaching methods on our courses and you will be taught by lecturers who are experts in their field.
Teaching is delivered through interactive weekly lectures and small-group seminars. Some modules include practical workshops and the dissertation module has masterclasses, conference days, and one-to-one supervision.
Lectures are taken by 20–200 students (depending on whether they are core or optional modules), and seminars are limited to no more than 25 students throughout your studies. In the second and third years, some tutorial groups are limited to just 12 students to reflect the increasing demands of study in these years.
You will be assessed through a combination of methods including exams, essays, project work and presentations, as well as a final-year dissertation. You will normally receive feedback within three weeks of submission to enable you to improve for next time.
At the end of each semester you will meet with your personal tutor to discuss all of the assessments and help you identify areas for improvement.
Studying social work
For social work students, modules are delivered through lectures, seminars, workshops and work-based learning opportunities.
We use a variety of teaching methods to help you develop the professional knowledge and practical skills required to become a qualified social worker, including the use of audiovisual technology, role-play and information communication technology.
During year one, you will shadow a social worker and observe their practice. In subsequent years, University-based learning during the first semester is followed by around three months of full-time work experience in a related setting.
Social work students are assessed against the professional standards for social work as well as academically.