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How we will deliver your course in 2021: Education (undergraduate)

Programmes this information applies to: 

BA Education

1. Content of the course 

 

New students 

Placements:  

Students are expected to complete a placement of a minimum of 72 hours during each year of their studies. Under current circumstances it might be more difficult for students to complete these hours. (Although, it is worth noting that no academic credits are attached to the placement hours themselves). To address the potential challenges of finding and completing placement, students will be able to complete this component of the programme in a variety of potential ways: 

  1. A minimum of 72 hours of placement as has previously been the case; 
  2. A minimum of 72 hours of engagement with alternative sources of information regarding educational practices or workplaces: e.g. online classes (video tutorials, etc.), education documentaries, video recorded lessons,  journalism/tv news regarding educational workplaces and practices, other teaching experiences (e.g. teaching a family member cookery or a skill, etc.)
  3. A combination of the above. 

Students will need to keep a detailed record of what they have engaged with and how. These experiences will be used as the basis for final assessments related to placement. 

Field trips:  

We normally offer a compulsory field trip at level 5 (the Big Day Out) during term 1 with visits to sites on London’s South Bank (e.g. National Theatre, Koestler Exhibition at the Festival Hall and the British Film Institute). Depending on access to these venues, this field trip will be offered during the academic year in situ or online. The aims of the field trip can be covered whether in situ or online. There are no academic credits attached to this fieldtrip.  

Optional trips to other cultural and educational institutions will be offered if government and university guidance permit. 

Returning students 

Placements:  

Students are expected to complete a placement of a minimum of 72 hours during each year of their studies. Under current circumstances it might be more difficult for students to complete these hours. (Although, it is worth noting that no academic credits are attached to the placement hours themselves). To address the potential challenges of finding and completing placement, students will be able to complete this component of the programme in a variety of potential ways: 

  1. A minimum of 72 hours of placement as has previously been the case; 
  2. A minimum of 72 hours of engagement with alternative sources of information regarding educational practices or workplaces: e.g. online classes (video tutorials, etc.), education documentaries, video recorded lessons,  journalism/tv news regarding educational workplaces and practices, other teaching experiences (e.g. teaching a family member cookery or a skill, etc.)
  3. A combination of the above. 

Students will need to keep a detailed record of what they have engaged with and how. These experiences will be used as the basis for final assessments related to placement. 

Field trips:  

We normally offer a compulsory field trip at level 5 (the Big Day Out) during term 1 with visits to sites on London’s South Bank (e.g. National Theatre, Koestler Exhibition at the Festival Hall and the British Film Institute). Depending on access to these venues, this field trip will be offered during the academic year in situ or online. The aims of the field trip can be covered whether in situ or online. There are no academic credits attached to this fieldtrip.  

Optional trips to other cultural and educational institutions will be offered if government and university guidance permit. 

2. Length of the course 

There are no planned changes to the length of the course.

3. How your course will be delivered 


New students 

We will offer a flexible curriculum delivery, taking account of changing government and university guidelines and in consultation with our students, to ensure a safe, quality experience for our students.

Study blocks will be delivered primarily in-person on campus with Panopto recordings available after taught sessions. The teaching hours and balance between lecture and seminar input will remain consistent with previous years. One term study blocks are comprised of 10 weeks, x 3 hours per week of taught input. Two term study blocks are comprised of 20 weeks x 1.5 hours per week of taught input. All of this teaching is planned for in-person on campus.

All study block and assessment block leaders will have online and/or in-person on-campus availability for students to book, as required. Staff will be flexible and will meet students according to their preference – i.e. online, in person on campus or a mixture of both.  

Assessments:

We assess students using a mixture of approaches including, for example, essays, reports, presentations and blog writing. Where student placement hours cannot be completed due to COVID-19 restrictions or challenges, an alternative assessment is available.  There is no change to assessments.

Support/resources:

Support Group/Individual tutorials are scheduled within the taught Study Block contact time to help students engage with the content, provide support and address related queries.

Personal tutors, as part of Tutoring@Brunel, assist students in their development as reflective practitioners, learners and support them through the period of their study. Guidance/support is also provided by the Programme Lead, through termly tutorials, communications, and support for the whole cohort. Furthermore, support/guidance is offered by colleagues from Academic Skills Services (ASK), and the Brunel Language Centre who work closely with the BA team in supporting students throughout the programme, and includes contribution on Study blocks, individual/group appointments/ additional writing workshops, practice sessions.

The ASK provision is embedded within the curriculum and the Academic English programme will support the programme in terms of 1-1 support, presentation feedback for the related assessment blocks, and question and answer sessions for dissertations.

Tutorials:

Tutoring@brunel will continue with group tutorials offered on campus during terms 1 and 2. One-to-one tutorials will be offered online or on campus.  

Returning students 

Study blocks will be delivered in-person on campus with recordings available after taught sessions. The teaching hours and balance between lecture and seminar input will remain consistent with previous years.  

All study block and assessment block leaders will have online and/or on-campus availability for students to book, as required.   

Tutorials:

Tutoring@brunel will continue with group tutorials offered on campus during terms 1 and 2. One-to-one tutorials will be offered online or on campus.  

Assessments:

No change to assessments. Where student placement hours cannot be completed due to COVID-19 restrictions or challenges, an alternative assessment is available.   

4. Cost of the course 

There are no changes to the cost of the course.

Access to a laptop or desktop PC is required for joining online activities, completing coursework and digital exams, and a minimum specification can be found here.
If you have any concerns about accessing a suitable device, please complete and return this form to enquire about the University’s loan laptop scheme.

5. Award

There are no planned changes to the qualification that is being awarded.

6. Feedback and consultation

We provide set times where you can talk to your lecturers and module leaders about academic matters relating to your course. You can also use these opportunities to obtain and discuss feedback on an assessment. You can find these hours on Blackboard Learn and in your module booklets.  

You can book your slot by emailing your lecturer. We will be holding these virtually until it is safe to hold these appointments on campus.

7. Personal tutoring

Your personal tutor is responsible for monitoring and supporting your academic and personal development both in your transition to university and between years. It is someone you can discuss, in confidence, your academic progress with or any special requirements you may need. 

If you are a first year student, these sessions will be included in your timetable every other week. 

If you are a second year, final year, or postgraduate student you can request to have a session at a time that is convenient for you.  

You can attend our virtual ‘drop-in’ sessions which are advertised on Blackboard Learn, or request a session by emailing your personal tutor.

8. Departmental communications and events

You can keep up with subject and module updates through Blackboard Learn. We will also send important updates to your student email account, including a newsletter once a term, so please keep an eye on your emails. 

We host department assemblies where you will receive department updates and get to hear from lecturers and your peers. These take place at least once a term and you’ll receive an email invitation. 

Our programmes feature a range of opportunities including trips and visits, once it is safe to do so we will resume these.

9. Student-led academic representation

Student Reps are elected to represent the views of their course, department or college to improve the academic experience at Brunel. They gather views and opinions from students on things such as lectures, exams, assessment and feedback and then take a collective view to the University and Union in order to develop the student experience at Brunel.

We welcome feedback from our student community on matters relating to your experience through your Student Representatives or through your Programme Leaders. 

Find out who your course rep is here. You’ll also receive an email from your programme leader who will confirm your contact.

10. Peer-to-peer opportunities

You can join our student societies, we have one for each subject area including Politics, History, Sociology, and Anthropology. You can join these societies through the Union of Brunel Students or contact your course rep to find out more. We have Facebook groups for these societies too.

Our department also has a Postgraduate Research society, if you would like to join this please contact your PGR Director.

You can join our social media groups to keep in touch with your peers and exchange knowledge.  Find out how to do this by contacting your course rep.

Contact us 

If you have any specific questions about the above information, please email: CBASS-TPO-GASK@brunel.ac.uk

 

Disclaimer: We have used our best endeavours to plan for the coming academic year and to ensure the information on this page is correct at the time of publication. The information provided here is intended for the general guidance of students studying the University’s degree programmes listed above in the academic year 2021/22. The University will deliver the course of study as described unless there are changes outside of our control related to COVID-19. In such circumstances, the University will adjust the delivery of the course accordingly, and use its best endeavours to ensure equivalence.

Date of publication: 16.07.21