Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials and directed independent learning (self study).
If you are a direct entrant student who has no previous experience of higher education (HE) in the UK then the style of the delivery and learning on this course may be rather alien to you. This will be especially so if the only learning you have completed since leaving school has been through vocational training courses. Those who have progressed from a Kingston University foundation degree will have had some experience of HE but the delivery style of the top-up and what is expected of you in terms of learning is quite different to what you will have experienced on the foundation degree; the foundation degree is actually delivered very much like a vocational training course.
In vocational training courses and the Kingston University foundation degree, the 'package' of training that is going to be provided/completed is normally very tightly defined. Course material covering every aspect of the expected learning is provided, all of the material is delivered by members of the course team, time is allocated for the demonstration and practice of practical elements of the course, and you will only be assessed on what is in the package. As a student on such a course, you do not expect to have to learn anything that is not included in the package (although you may have been expected to have completed specific learning prior to starting the course) and you certainly do not expect to be assessed on anything outside the package.
Study on an HE course, especially a degree, is significantly different to this. There is an expectation that you will be proactive in becoming independent learners from day one of your course. And, that by the time you complete your course you will be accomplished independent learners, capable of:
Of course there are also a lot of other personal and employability skills that we expect you to gain whilst on a degree course.
Assessment methods include assignments, reports, presentations and formal written examinations. The Aircraft Maintenance Operations module (which contains a significant group project element) and Individual Project module are assessed by coursework only.
Our courses are carefully constructed to allow you to build knowledge and skills progressively during your degree programme.
We constantly update our curriculum to ensure that it covers the latest developments in your subject area, including the research and professional experience that your tutors bring to the course.
Our course teams also draw on the wealth of experience provided by our professional contacts and highly successful alumni who feed into the design of our courses and provide masterclasses and workshops to enrich your learning.
Our courses take a progressive approach to help develop your academic skills through the modules you study.
Our Academic Skills Centres also provide one-to-one support and advice on the techniques you need to be a successful student including:
During your degree you will develop the independence, creativity and excellent communication skills that we know employers look for in successful graduates.
Assignments are designed not just to test what you know, but to help you develop your knowledge, skills and confidence.
Because we want you to reach your full potential in every assignment, we build in opportunities for practice and 'feed forward' on assessment tasks so that you will know what you need to do to perform at your best when you submit your work.
When we return your work, we give you clear feedback that will show you what you need to work on next time. You'll have the opportunity to discuss the comments on your work one-to-one with your lecturers and your personal tutor.
When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor – the member of academic staff who will keep a particular eye on your progress throughout your time at Kingston University (and after you graduate) and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer at Kingston University.
Your tutor will give you academic guidance and will make sure that you know how to access our other support services if you need them.