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Business HND: Teaching, learning and assessment

Teaching and assessment for this course

Teaching methods vary from course to course, but most taught undergraduate programmes are delivered through lectures, seminars, tutorials, computer laboratories and library-based study.

Assessment methods include end-of-module exams and coursework, which could either be group-based or individual work.

Contact hours for this course

Each level is made up of four modules each worth 30 credit points. Typically a student must complete 120 credits at each level. All students will be provided with the University regulations during the induction period, and at each level of study full details of each module will be provided in module descriptors and student module guides.

Full details of modules and credit weighting can be found in the programme specification.

Students will have a tutor allocated to them at each level of study. Each student will have a series of individual tutorials to review and reflect on programme progress to-date and forthcoming milestones. All students will be encouraged to develop an Individual Learning Plan. Group tutorials are arranged as required to allow students to consolidate employability and core key skills and to ensure they are aware of progression options at all stages of their programme.

Workload for this course

At the heart of the programme lies the combination of theory, business practice and the development of skills those required in the immediate future for study and those subsequently required for employment. Lecturing staff with significant work experience expose students to current business developments, whilst industry guest speakers provide additional opportunities to relate these to practice. Furthermore, assignments typically require substantial primary and secondary research to be undertaken, thereby ensuring students progressively develop research skills at each level of the programme. Assessments are presented in a range of formats including formal reports, presentations and IT based formats such as website and thus develop a range of presentation skills.

Independent learning

When not attending timetabled teaching sessions (lectures, seminars, workshops, labs, studios etc.), you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study.

Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in one of the University's libraries, preparing coursework assignments or revising for examinations or tests.

Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including the libraries and the University's virtual learning environment, Canvas.

Return of marked work

Helpful feedback on your assessed work is hugely important in enabling you to perform your best. The University makes a commitment to all students that you will receive feedback on all your assessed work within 20 University days* of submission.  
* University days count as Monday to Friday – the following are not included:  Saturdays, Sundays, Public Bank Holidays, or when the University is closed during Christmas vacation.

Programme specification and guides

To help you choose the right course to study at Kingston University, you can read the programme specification and the module listings which make up each course, which can be found on the individual course page.

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.

Please note detailed course handbooks to guide you through each year of study are normally available at the start of term.

Availability of timetables

Kingston University provides each student with an individualised timetable. Timetables are normally available to students within 48 hours of enrolment.

While we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9.00am and 6.00pm.

For undergraduate students Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities, but there may be occasions when this is not possible. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.


This course is taught at Kingston College


This course is taught at Kingston College

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Kingston University wins 2017 Guardian University Award

Guardian University Award 2017

The award for teaching excellence included specific praise for the inclusivity and accessibility of the University's courses.

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