Teaching methods include field trips, workshops, simulations and creative skills exercises. Teaching also takes place through lectures, problem-solving approaches and small group sessions for learning support. We have excellent library and virtual learning environment resources, and a specialist team to help you get the most out of them.
Assessment methods include essays, portfolios and presentations.
The number of learning hours for each module is determined by its credit weighting. For example, for a 30 credit module there would be 300 learning hours. This would be divided into contact hours (e.g. time spent with your core course team), placement hours and independent learning hours (including study, tutorials, clinical visits, skills practice, etc.)
Full details of modules and credit weighting can be found in the programme specification.
At Level 4 learning takes place primarily in the classroom or on field trips enabling you to develop a baseline in knowledge, values and skills. These core activities occupy ten hours every week. Additionally, you will have the option to attend academic writing classes, discussion groups such as Film Club and department seminars. Student support or tutorial time will occupy up to two hours per semester.
At Level 5 the first teaching block takes place primarily in the classroom with the addition of some field trips. This involves nine hours contact time per week with additional tutorial time. During the second teaching block, the focus is on practice experience. You will prepare for and debrief from placement with 16 hours teaching time. You will undertake a six week practice placement (3-5 days per week, as appropriate) which runs from early February till March and involves contact during the practice settings opening hours.
In the final year, you will undertake a second six week practice placement (3-5 days per week) running from the end of October until early December. Academic teaching takes place in blocks in the weeks both before and after practice placement and typically involves eight hours contact time per week with additional tutorial time.
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.
A programme specification is a summary of the main features of a programme and provides details of the intended learning outcomes for students. It details the teaching, learning and assessment methods, including the structure of the programme.