Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Teaching methods

The delivery and assessment of your course will vary by study assessment or modular block, but all blocks allow time for you to learn on your own in private study or collectively in groups.

Most study/modular blocks include lectures, discussions, seminars and tutorials, and in some areas, computer-based learning technology is extensively used. These learning and teaching methods contribute to the development of transferable skills such as the use of information technology and making presentations.

Applied sciences, health and engineering degrees incorporate substantial practical or laboratory-based activity. This is often based on group project work, developing the collaborative skills needed in work environments.

You may also participate in activities such as research projects with external agencies and companies or visits to and by professionals in your subject area.

In your final year, you will complete a major project either individually or as part of a team. The project may be of an experimental, applied or theoretical nature, or a combination of the three. If you are taking a sandwich course, your project may be connected with work undertaken during your placement(s).


The learning outcomes for your course (what you should know and be able to do when you have completed it) is set out in the programme specification. Details of the assessments are found in the assessment/modular block outlines.

Many courses are assessed by a combination of continuous assessment (such as essays, reports, practicals and presentations) and end of year examinations. Performance on sandwich placements or professional practice is also assessed, if applicable. To progress from one level of a programme to the next, you will need to fulfil the necessary requirements for that level.

Final degree classification is usually determined by the results gained at Levels 2 and 3 (and Level 5 for MEng and MMath), including performance in your final year project.

Personal and practical skills

The academic modules you take are only part of your learning process - practical and personal skills are also essential to finding a good job when you graduate.

Work experience will be integral to your degree if you are taking a four-year sandwich course, but if you are taking a three-year programme you may still be able to gain experience during term-time or vacations.

You will also practise skills such as teamworking, use of information technology and making presentations as part of your academic work.

Page last updated: Tuesday 01 March 2016