Filmmaking BA (Hons)

Why choose this course?

On this course you'll explore the medium of film, developing your own filmmaking practice while acquiring skills for working professionally.

You will engage with innovative, ambitious ideas, developing successful films in groups and individually, and gain a practical knowledge of filmmaking production. Your learning will be supported by technical inductions, workshops with industry professionals, guest lectures and field trips.

You'll produce films with high production value, through our moving image workshop and with specialist filming equipment. You will be able to experiment with digital and analogue formats, and shoot, process, telecine and edit on 8mm and 16mm gauges. You will also have access to our 3D workshops, photography darkrooms, printmaking and animation facilities.

You'll be taught by academics who are active practitioners in the film industry, working as directors, artists, editors and producers; they offer access to unique work experience opportunities. For example, a number of our students have participated in placements at Institute of Contemporary Arts, Film & Video Umbrella and Fly Film.

Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
3 years full time WP63 2021 (Clearing)
2022
Location Kingston School of Art, Knights Park

2021 entry

If you are planning to join this course in the academic year 2021/22 (i.e. between September 2021 and August 2022), please view the information about changes to courses for 2021/22 due to Covid-19.

 

Continuing students

Students who are continuing their studies with Kingston University in 2021/22 should refer to their Course Handbook for information about specific changes that have been, or may be, made to their course or modules being delivered in 2021/22. Course Handbooks are located within the Canvas course page.

Reasons to choose Kingston

  • You'll use our inspiring facilities, producing films in analogue and digital formats, from high-end 4K and high-speed cameras to super 8 film and professional filming studios.
  • An annual curated screening of work from all three years takes place at a London venue. Your final graduation film will be screened on campus and at a central London cinema.
  • This creative filmmaking course values diversity and a practical approach. It incorporates multiple approaches to filmmaking, critical thinking, research skills and technical experimentation.

What you will study

From conception, ideas and creative strategies of engagement, through pre-production and planning, to the innovative resolution of bespoke film projects, this course provides you with an assured understanding of filmmaking and the roles of its key professionals.

From Director to Editor, Sound Recordist to Art Director, these specialisms are analysed throughout the course.

You'll learn how to contextualise, engage in and critique the film industry through your own practice and projects, via taught modules and guest lectures. Upon graduation you'll be well equipped to enter film production employment with confidence and in a variety of guises.

Modules

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

In Year 1 students are given technical inductions and introduced through creative projects to film production. Projects briefs will give you the opportunity to develop ideas for films and undertake a range of production roles. You will learn about research enquiry, directing actors, studio and location work, running a set, interview technique, production and post-production, lighting and cinematography, sound recording and design.

Core modules

Filmmaking Practices 1

30 credits

The emphasis in this module is on developing a number of short film works in both production units and individually as an integral part of an introduction to the programme and its expectations. You will be introduced to a range of approaches to filmmaking, supported by inductions to the key areas of film resources. The module also provides support for the development of research enquiry.

Filmmaking Practices 2

30 credits

This module will provide you with an intensive technically driven introduction period. It will cover various techniques, film grammar and good working practice, involving a series of filmmaking tasks assessed in terms of their successful technical resolution and enhanced understand of production skills and methods. Inductions and tuition in studio production, working as a film unit and in post-production, are integrated into the module. The emphasis is subsequently towards the development and realisation of original short films, through which students learn about filmmaking practices. There is an integrated approach where skills are primarily taught as part of project work. The aim is to undertake and produce a short film.

Filmmaking Practices 3

30 credits

The emphasis is towards the development and realisation of original short films involving performers/actors/live presence, through which you will learn about directing actors, scripting, running a set and organising larger scale productions. There is an integrated approach where skills are primarily taught as part of project work. The aim is to undertake and produce a number of short films across the year group; with an opportunity for collaboration on more ambitious projects.

Contextualising Contemporary Practice: Film

30 credits

This module introduces the various contexts in which the contemporary practices of filmmaking, are defined, debated and displayed. The module is designed to support your first steps as practitioners within the wider field of the visual arts in the 21st century. Through lectures, discussions, screenings and exhibition visits you will be introduced to the historical framework of modernity and post-modernity in order to understand the development and contemporary situation of their discipline. The module is organised as discrete but related teaching blocks that progress from broader questions of cultural practice to the more specific debates that have framed the historical development film and its associated fields - for example artist's video and photography. In the first block, the emphasis is broad and focused on developing in students, an understanding of the notion of practice in filmmaking and the wider visual arts, by addressing the historical, theoretical, social and political factors that have affected our understanding of its function. In the second block, you will be encouraged to consider the key debates, theoretical questions and changing contexts that inform your discipline. Throughout there is an emphasis on the introduction of key analytical, critical and research skills, and through close engagement with visual sources, historical texts and contemporary critical writing, you will begin to develop the tools necessary to discuss, conceptualise and reflect on their own emerging practice.

In Year 2 you will undertake projects with the opportunity to shoot and process 8mm film, use archive, green screen, high-speed video and explore the intersection between live-action and animation. You will work in groups developing pitches for ambitious productions collaborating with professional actors, developing character and script, and shooting on location. Through the production of these films, you will be encouraged to identify your strengths and have the opportunity to explore specialist areas of interest.

Core modules

Filmmaking Practices 4

30 credits

The emphasis here is on thinking of the studio as a tool with which to create challenging, experimental content. However content is not restricted to studio-based production, but encompasses substantial work on location as well. You will be encouraged to experiment with styles and techniques, and to embrace both location and studio production as part of the creative toolkit available to you as innovative filmmakers and designers of the future.

Filmmaking Practices 5

30 credits

This module will provide you with an enhanced understanding of filmmaking practices, together with introducing a thorough grounding in related research and development methods and production skills. Each student will initiate and produce a film work, working in small production units to achieve this, or work in a role-oriented capacity on a group production.

Filmmaking Practices 6

30 credits

This module offers you specialised practical development along with supporting professional development studies. You will work on short films involving performers, scripts and dialogue.

Critical Issues in Filmmaking: Research and Practice

30 credits

Building on the thematic and historical context introduced at Level 4, this module enables you to create a theoretical framework within which to investigate and understand some of the critical issues affecting the practice and interpretation of contemporary filmmaking. With a close focus on analysis of key case studies, a series of lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, and group and individual screenings inform and support your own emerging research interests and the development of independent visual and academic research skills common to both the historical and theoretical study of film and practice of filmmaking. With reference to important concepts and primary texts that have informed the development of film theory, you will acquire the knowledge and analytical skills to build a framework within which to engage with the critical contexts in which filmmaking operates today. You will also develop research methods appropriate to the study and practice of your discipline, propose an area of research for development at Level 6, and begin to contextualise and make sense of the concerns emerging in your own practice.

In Year 3 you will undertake two large scale projects, culminating in the Graduation Film. You will work to your strengths and develop material for your graduation portfolio. The final Graduation Films are screened at shows on campus and at a central London cinema.

Core modules

Independent Film

30 credits

This module is informed by the Advanced Research and Development module and involves the realisation of Independent Films. The module enables you to develop films either individually or as production units. It encourages the development of films that are both ambitious and build on the learning, successes and strengths gained during your Level 5 work.

The Graduation Film

60 credits

This 60 credit capstone module is the culmination of study in filmmaking, incorporating research, process/development, film production and final degree show presentational elements. Working in various specialised production roles, you can distil  your accumulated knowledge into an ambitious film for presentation at both on-site and external graduation screenings. Students are also expected to undertake various co-ordination duties around the realisation of the final degree show presentations.

Dissertation: Research and Reflection

30 credits

Building on the links between research and practice embedded at Level 5, the Critical and Historical Studies (CHS) Dissertation: Research and Reflection module focuses on in-depth research, critical enquiry and reflection on questions and critical issues emerging in students' own practice, and pertinent to the practice of their own discipline.

Over the module, students will initiate and develop an individual research topic; identify and evaluate appropriate archives, bodies of critical literature, visual/material sources and research methods; manage their study time; engage with and respond to tutorial dialogue and peer feedback, and apply critical and analytical skills to produce a 7-8000 word written Dissertation, supported by a series of lectures, seminars and tutorials.

 

 

The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. The regulations governing this course are available on our website. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered.

Entry requirements

If you would like to join us through Clearing 2021, please call our Clearing hotline on 0800 0483 334 (or +44 020 8328 1149 if you are calling from outside the UK) and speak to our friendly and knowledgeable hotliners who will be able to provide information on available courses and will guide you through your options.

Please note the entry requirements listed below are for 2022 entry only.

Typical offer 2022

UCAS tariff points: 112-128

Level 3 qualifications, including art and design subjects (A-levels, BTEC Diploma, Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, Access Diploma, IB Diploma, etc.).

Typical offer 2021

UCAS tariff points: 112

Level 3 qualifications, including art and design subjects (A-levels, BTEC Diploma, Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, Access Diploma, IB Diploma, etc.).

Additional requirements

Entry onto this course will require submission of a digital portfolio as part of the application process. Further details about the portfolio will also be sent via email after submission of application.

See portfolio guidance below for more information about how to prepare your portfolio.

International

All non-UK applicants must meet our English Language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no element below 5.5.

Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements could be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from a recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

Portfolio guidance

Before applying, please watch previous films by students on the course.

Once we have received your application, you will be notified by email where you will be instructed how to upload your written statement and online portfolio. Your portfolio and application will then be reviewed by the Filmmaking BA (Hons) Admissions Tutors.

Written statement guidelines

Your personal statement is important and should include responses to the following prompts:

  • Why you want to study on the Filmmaking BA (Hons) course at Kingston School of Art.
  • What you think a filmmaking course based in an art school will teach you and why this is suitable for you.
  • Who your favourite filmmakers are (cinema directors or artist-filmmakers, not TV).
  • What experience you have had of group work and how it has gone.
  • An original idea for a 3-minute documentary-based film.

Please ensure you answer each question as we pay special attention to your responses.

Portfolio specific guidelines

Please carefully select and edit your work to produce an exciting, creative and representative portfolio which informs us about your filmmaking interests, skills and ambitions. Your portfolio should ideally consist of two elements:

An edited 3-minute video (page one)

A link to an edited 3-minute video that is made up of one or more clips from films you have made or worked on. Upload the clip to Vimeo or YouTube and provide a link to the uploaded clip (and password if applicable).

Please leave the original soundtrack on your clips. Do NOT replace the audio with a music track. Underneath the link on the document, please list your role on each film (i.e. individually made, cinematographer, editor, etc.).

A visual portfolio (remaining pages)

A visual portfolio in PDF format with up to 20 pages of your work (photographs, drawings, sculptures, collage, etc.).

Each page may include more than one image and should include short notes on each work - what you wanted to achieve, the process you undertook to make the work, and the themes the work explores.

Please do not include written scripts. If you have not made any films, please only submit your visual portfolio.

Digital portfolio format

You can only upload one compressed file, so your portfolio and statement must be saved in one folder. Please use ZIP to compress your file. Your compressed file must be under 50 MB.

Please check your portfolio is in an easily viewable format and complete, as once you have uploaded your file you will not be able to go back and re-submit or upload anything further.

Teaching and assessment

You'll be taught production and conceptual skills in an integrated manner, focusing progressively on aspects of the short film form: directing, editing, studio and location work, contextualisation and combining approaches to all of these.

You'll also work in groups as production crews and be assigned roles, alongside developing your own individual practice, giving you the opportunity to investigate a variety of methods and their relevance to each creative role

Guided independent study

When not attending timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This typically will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for final assignments. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and CANVAS, the online virtual learning platform.

Academic support

Our academic support team here at Kingston University provides help in a range of areas.

Dedicated personal tutor

When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor. This is the member of academic staff who will provide academic guidance, be a support throughout your time at Kingston and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer at Kingston University.

Your workload

  • Scheduled teaching and learning: approximately 2-3 days per week.
  • Guided independent study: approximately 2 days per week.

Contact hours may vary depending on your modules.

 

How you will be assessed

Assessment typically comprises exams (eg test or exam), practical (eg presentations, performance) and coursework (eg essays, reports, self-assessment, portfolios and dissertation). The approximate percentage for how you will be assessed on this course is as follows, though depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose:

Type of assessment

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 1
  • Practical / coursework: 100%
Year 2
  • Practical / coursework: 100%
Year 3
  • Practical / coursework: 100%

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 20 working days.

Your timetable

Your individualised timetable is normally available to students within 48 hours of enrolment. Whilst 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 9am and 6pm. 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.

Who teaches this course?

All Filmmaking staff are professionally active and academically qualified, bringing a high level of expertise and experience to their teaching.  

Their research active current practices, professional contacts, networks and enthusiasm ensure the course is at the forefront of new developments in the filmmaking sector.  

Staff specialisations range from documentary filmmaking production to directing experimental films and working on assigned roles within the industry.

Fees and funding

2022/23 fees for this course

The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a 'Home' (UK), 'Islands' or 'International' student. In 2022/23 the fees for this course are:

 Fee category Amount
Home (UK students) £9,250*
International Year 1 (2022/23): £16,200
Year 2 (2023/24): £16,500
Year 3 (2024/25): £16,800

For courses with a sandwich year, the fee for the placement year can be viewed on the undergraduate fees table. The placement fee published is for the relevant academic year stated in the table. This fee is subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body.

* For full time programmes of a duration of more than one academic year, the published fee is an annual fee, payable each year, for the duration of the programme. Your annual tuition fees cover your first attempt at all of the modules necessary to complete that academic year. A re-study of any modules will incur additional charges calculated by the number of credits. Home tuition fees may be subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body. Full time taught International fees are subject to an annual increase and are published in advance for the full duration of the programme.

Eligible UK students can apply to the Government for a tuition loan, which is paid direct to the University. This has a low interest rate which is charged from the time the first part of the loan is paid to the University until you have repaid it.

2021/22 fees for this course

The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a 'Home' (UK), 'Islands' or 'International' student. In 2021/22 the fees for this course are:

 Fee category Amount
Home (UK students) £9,250*
International Year 1 (2021/22): £15,900
Year 2 (2022/23): £16,200
Year 3 (2023/24): £16,500

For courses with a sandwich year, the fee for the placement year can be viewed on the undergraduate fees table. The placement fee published is for the relevant academic year stated in the table. This fee is subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body.

* For full time programmes of a duration of more than one academic year, the published fee is an annual fee, payable each year, for the duration of the programme. Your annual tuition fees cover your first attempt at all of the modules necessary to complete that academic year. A re-study of any modules will incur additional charges calculated by the number of credits. Home tuition fees may be subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body. Full time taught International fees are subject to an annual increase and are published in advance for the full duration of the programme.

Eligible UK students can apply to the Government for a tuition loan, which is paid direct to the University. This has a low interest rate which is charged from the time the first part of the loan is paid to the University until you have repaid it.

Additional costs

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees.

Text books

Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. You may prefer to, or be required to, buy your own copy of key textbooks.

Computer equipment

There are open-access networked computers available across the University, plus laptops available to loan. You may find it useful to have your own PC, laptop or tablet which you can use around campus and in halls of residence.

Free WiFi is available on each of the campuses.

Printing

In the majority of cases coursework can be submitted online. There may be instances when you will be required to submit work in a printed format. Printing and photocopying costs are not included in your tuition fees.

Travel

Travel costs are not included but we do have a free intersite bus service which links the campuses and halls of residence.

For this course you will be 

  • involved in processes of making, as means of exploration, experimentation, and understanding your practice, by using a diverse range of media and materials
  • required to purchase your own copy of books, for required reading
  • required to produce physical artefacts for assessment 
  • able to participate in optional study visits and/or field trips

However, over and above this you may incur extra costs associated with your studies, which you will need to plan for. 

In order to help you budget, the information below indicates what activities and materials are not covered by your tuition fees 

  • personal laptops and other personal devices 
  • personal copies of books 
  • optional study visits and field trips (and any associated visa costs)
  • printing costs
  • your own chosen materials and equipment
  • costs of participating at external events, exhibitions, performances etc.

The costs vary every year and with every student, according to the intentions for the type of work they wish to make. Attainment at assessment is not dependent upon the costs of materials chosen.

Note for EU students: UK withdrawal from the European Union

The Government has recently announced that new students from the European Union and Swiss Nationals starting their course after August 2021 will no longer be eligible for a student loan in England for Undergraduate or Postgraduate studies for 2021/22 academic year. This decision only applies to new EU students starting in 2021/22. If you are an existing/continuing EU student, you will continue to be funded until you graduate or withdraw from your course.

Need to know more?

Our undergraduate fees and funding section provides information and advice on money matters.

Additional costs

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs that are not covered by tuition fees which students will need to consider when planning their studies. Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, access to shared IT equipment and other support services. Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

Where a course has additional expenses, we make every effort to highlight them. These may include optional field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering), security checks such as DBS, uniforms, specialist clothing or professional memberships.

Textbooks

Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. You may prefer to buy your own copy of key textbooks, this can cost between £50-£250 per year.

Computer equipment

There are open-access networked computers available across the University, plus laptops available to loan. You may find it useful to have your own PC, laptop or tablet which you can use around campus and in halls of residences. Free Wi-Fi is available on each of the campuses. You may wish to purchase your own computer, which can cost £100-£3,000 depending on your course requirements.

Photocopying and printing

In the majority of cases written coursework can be submitted online. There may be instances when you will be required to submit work in a printed format. Printing, binding and photocopying costs are not included in your tuition fees, this may cost up to £100 per year.

Travel

Travel costs are not included in your tuition fees but we do have a free intersite bus service which links the campuses, Surbiton train station, Kingston-upon-Thames train station, Norbiton train station and halls of residence.

Facilities

You'll have access to the Moving Image workshop at Knights Park campus, in addition to many other studio spaces and workshops. Youll be encouraged to take advantage of our excellent analogue facilities - shooting on Super 8, 16mm and Super 16mm. We have related processing, editing, telecine and projection facilities, specific to Filmmaking students.

Facilities

What our students say

During my second year Kingston offered me the opportunity to take part in an internship with Film London's FLAMIN team.

This gave me a greater understanding of how artist moving image operates from pitching ideas to distribution.

Kathryn Attrill at Film London

I got a unique opportunity to thoroughly expand my passion for the analogue film during my work experience as film checker at LUX.

Ada Wesolowska at LUX

After you graduate

This course prepares you for a range of careers such as a film director, independent filmmaker, cinematographer, editor, artist, producer or sound recordist/designer. The course is also a platform for further study or vocational positions in commercial film.

After you graduate

How we work with industry partners

The BA(Hons) Filmmaking programme has strong links within the moving image sector, through:

  • active staff - all of whom are working within the industry in various capacities; and
  • work experience programmes - offering students a way into key organisations in moving image.

Student work experience placement

Students have recently enjoyed work placements and experience at a variety of organisations that are relevant to the course, including:

  • BFI Southbank
  • Film London
  • Film & Video Umbrella
  • Fly Film
  • PAs/runners on various productions
  • Suite TV post-production house; and
  • Various film festivals.

A few examples

  • Lina Rimkeviciute and Matthew Boardman completed work placements at Film London.
  • Kadar Kahie and Charlotte Davies completed work experience at Suite TV, a central London post-production facilities house.
  • Laura Flack completed work experience as a camera intern on feature 'Hurricane'. The placement was organised by Filmmaking alumni Ada Wesolowska who was 2nd Assistant Director on the film.
  • Dina Amin completed a work placement at London-based production company Fly Film and student.
  • Alice Denny completed a six-month paid work placement via Erasmus, at Apple Films in Wrocaw, Poland.

BFI Southbank

Our excellent links with BFI Southbank, the UK's premiere film organisation, have enabled many filmmaking students to participate in BFI Southbank's exciting activities, including:

  • the youth jury for the London Film Festival (LFF);
  • internships in key departments;
  • participation in the BFI's Future Film Festival;
  • participating in exhibitions, schemes and programmes; and
  • all students attend an introduction to key BFI resources.

Annual Kingston Filmmaking screening at BFI

Since 2015, Filmmaking students have been invited to submit their films for the annual curated Kingston screening at the British Film Institute.

In 2017, students from all three undergraduate years had their films screened in NFT3 at the BFI. The event included a drinks reception in the Blue Room, attended by tutors, students and film industry professionals.

BFI Future Film Festival internships

Our students benefit from a wide range of activities offered through the partnership between Kingston and BFI. This includes an internship programme at the BFI Future Film Festival, which Kingston's first and second year filmmaking students can apply for.

The three-month, two-day-a-week internship is offered to two students each year following a selection process. Selected students will support the programming and education team to deliver a weekend of films in February.

For more information on the festival please visit the BFI website.

Film festival and award successes

Film festival and award successes

Our Filmmaking students have an excellent history of screening their work at external festivals and events.

These include London Short Film Festival, Aesthetica Film Festival, Birds Eye Film Festival, the South London Gallery, Chicago Art House Film Festival, Lisbon Film Festival and the British Student Film Festival.

  • Current second year student Dylan Friese-Greene has been shortlisted for the prestigious Grierson Awards for his short documentary Sian: Portrait of a Photographer.
  • Chiemi Shimada's film Chiyo, screening at Open City Documentary Festival in September 2019, has been nominated for Best UK Short.
  • Naomi Wong's graduation film 'Naturally Lazy' screened at the BAFTA-qualifying London Short Film Festival 2018.
  • Chiemi Shimada's graduation film 'Fragments' screened at the BAFTA-qualifying Aesthetica Film Festival in York 2017.
  • Zhao Siyu won Best Film at the London Independent Film Festival in 2017.
  • Will Hooper's graduation film won Best Underground Film at Lisbon International Film Festival in 2016.
  • Jacob Hesmondhalgh and Marie Hobson won Best Documentary Short at Weyauwega International Film Festival in 2015.
  • Ed Chappell won the Young Greenhorn Film Award at Greenhorn Short Film Festival in 2014.

Changes to courses for 2021/22 due to Covid-19

Course information (changes for 2021/22 entry)

Composition of the course

The experience of delivering courses in 2020/21 under the various Covid-19 restrictions has enabled us to better prepare and plan the delivery of our courses in 2021/22. We are confident the course can be delivered as planned and, therefore, we do not anticipate having to make any further changes to the course, i.e. number of modules or credits in a year, in response to issues arising from the pandemic. However, if this becomes necessary, the changes will be highlighted to students via email before enrolment.

Unless government advice instructs otherwise, Study Abroad programmes will take place in 2021/22. The safety of all our students is paramount, therefore, as per normal practice, all Study Abroad activities must also be approved by the University's insurers to ensure that students are adequately protected during their period abroad. We will provide updates as the pandemic situation stabilises and/or further government advice is released.

Changes can be made to courses as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our courses up to date with current developments in that subject area and in response to feedback from students and other key stakeholders. Any such changes made to the composition of the course will be highlighted to students by email before enrolment.

Modules

The experience of delivering courses in 2020/21 under the various Covid-19 restrictions has enabled us to better prepare and plan the delivery of our courses in 2021/22. We are confident the course can be delivered as planned and, therefore, we do not anticipate having to make any further changes to module titles and summaries or to the availability of modules in response to issues arising from the pandemic.

Changes can be made to modules as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our courses up to date with current developments in that subject area and to provide a high quality student experience. Any such changes made to module titles, module summaries and/or availability of modules will be highlighted to students by email before enrolment.

Length of course

We expect to deliver the course within the planned timescales to enable successful students to progress through and graduate from the course without delay.

In exceptional circumstances the sequence of learning and teaching activities may be changed in 2021/22, e.g. moving those modules which can be delivered more effectively to the first teaching block and moving back those – such as practical modules and placements – which may be more difficult to deliver due to some ongoing restrictions.

In some cases, it may be necessary to delay placement modules which may then impact the length of the course. In these circumstances the University will guide students through the appropriate options available to ensure students are able to make informed choices.

Entry requirements (changes for 2021/22 entry)

We have not changed entry requirements as a direct result of the pandemic.

Entry requirements for international students

We have not changed entry requirements for international students as a direct result of the pandemic.

Teaching (changes for 2021/22 entry)

Changes to the way the course will be delivered

As we transition from the pandemic restrictions, we expect to steadily increase the proportion of on-campus teaching. We will continue to provide a proportion of online learning, as experience has shown that this enriches and supports the student learning experience.

If the pandemic affects teaching and learning activities in 2021/22 more than we currently anticipate, the proportion of online learning will increase. However, unless a lockdown is enforced, we will ensure that all courses provide a reasonable percentage of their teaching and learning activities on campus.

Should your circumstances prevent your attendance at on-campus sessions, you should still be able to engage with your course remotely in a way that allows you to progress. Where this is not possible, for example on courses with high practical content, your course team will be able to advise you on the options available to you.

Changes to teaching in the event of a further lockdown or adjustments in government advice

The University will continue to closely monitor government announcements and advice in relation to the pandemic and, where required, will take any necessary action in order to comply with such advice.

In the event that a further lockdown is enforced in 2021/22 the University will aim to deliver the course fully online once more. The majority of our courses are prepared to be delivered fully online if the situation requires it. Where the quality of the student experience may be compromised, or the course is unable to be delivered fully online, the University may need to suspend the delivery of that course until a time that it can be delivered. Students will be supported in these situations to ensure they are able to make the right choices for their particular circumstances.

Changes to the overall breakdown of scheduled teaching hours, placements and guided independent study hours for Year 1

Changes to the overall breakdown of scheduled learning and teaching hours, placements and guided independent study hours were not and will not be made as a direct result of the pandemic.

‘Scheduled learning and teaching' includes teaching delivered online, either live or recorded/on demand.

Timetable

Your individualised timetable for teaching block 1 (i.e. up to December 2021) should be available by the end of August. Timetables for teaching block 2 (i.e. from January 2022) will not be available until the autumn. We make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible.

In 2020/21 it was agreed that scheduled learning and teaching could take place on any day of the week between 9am and 9pm, to maximise the time available for teaching in order to accommodate smaller group sizes and social distancing. This meant we sometimes had to use Wednesday afternoons and enrichment week for additional teaching slots. If we need to accommodate smaller group sizes and social distancing in 2021/22 we expect to adopt a similar approach. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

Assessment (changes for 2021/22 entry)

The experience of delivering courses in 2020/21 under the various Covid-19 restrictions has enabled us to better prepare and plan the delivery of our courses in 2021/22. We are confident the course can be delivered as planned and, therefore, do not anticipate having to make any further changes to the course, i.e. to the overall methods of assessments, in response to issues arising from the pandemic. However, if this becomes necessary, the changes will be highlighted to students via email before enrolment.

Changes are made to modules, including how they are assessed, as part of normal enhancement processes to keep our modules up to date with current developments in that subject area and in response to feedback received from students and other key stakeholders. Any changes to the overall methods of assessment for Year 1 of the course will be highlighted to students by email before enrolment.

If social distancing or lockdown restrictions are in place in 2021/22, online alternative options to formal on-campus examinations, including practical examinations, will be made available to students where possible.

Staff (changes for 2021/22 entry)

No changes are expected to the general level of experience or status of staff involved in delivering the course.

Staff are engaged in Continuous Professional Development activities to develop their teaching expertise, as part of the normal enhancement processes, to ensure that course teams have the required breadth of expertise.

Fees, funding and additional costs (changes for 2021/22 entry)

Tuition fees

There will be no changes to published tuition fees for 2021/22.

Additional costs (e.g. field trips, materials, equipment, etc.)

As we transition from the pandemic restrictions, we expect to be able to increase student access to on-campus facilities. Students will therefore have access to University computers and library facilities.

If, due to an increase in social distancing requirements or the enforcing of a lockdown, it becomes necessary to significantly increase the proportion of teaching delivered online, students will need a personal laptop or computer and access to the internet to participate in online teaching and learning activities. Students who are able to travel will have access to computers on campus, however, it should be noted that access to on-campus facilities might be restricted if social distancing requirements are enforced.

The University is committed to supporting students who are unable to access suitable technology to ensure equity of access in a blended delivery mode.

Funding

There will be no changes to any existing University funding arrangements for 2021/22. Currently there are no indications from the UK government that there will be any changes to government funding arrangements.

Fees and funding for international students

There will be no changes to published tuition fees or funding arrangements specifically relating to international students for 2021/22.

Work placements and field trips (changes for 2021/22 entry)

We are anticipating that placements (including work and clinical placements) and field trips included as part of the course will go ahead in 2021/22. However, to ensure students gain maximum value from placement activities, it may be necessary to reschedule them to later in the year, when any impacts from the pandemic restrictions are minimised.

Any proposed changes to placements or field trips would go through the University's agreed processes where the impact of the change will be carefully considered.

In the interests of the health and wellbeing of our students, all placement arrangements must be approved by the University's insurers and the appropriate risk assessments made before students are sent on a placement.

Courses which require placements or field trips to be completed in order to pass relevant modules will have contingency plans in place in the event that a placement or field trip cannot be completed due to another lockdown or more stringent social distancing measures.

Award, qualification and accreditation (changes for 2021/22 entry)

Qualification

No changes will be made to the qualification awarded, e.g. BSc (Hons), MSc, etc., as a direct result of the pandemic.

Changes can be made to courses, including the qualification awarded (although very rare), as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our courses up to date with current developments in that subject area. Any changes made to the qualification awarded for the course will be highlighted to students by email before enrolment.

Accreditation

The experience of delivering courses in 2020/21 under the various Covid-19 restrictions has enabled us to better prepare and plan the delivery of our courses in 2021/22. We are confident the course can be delivered as planned and in accordance with any professional body requirements. We do not anticipate making any further changes to courses in response to any issues arising from the pandemic and which would put at risk any professional body accreditation status.

Additional (changes for 2021/22 entry)

International students should maintain awareness of the UK government's and their home country's government advice on possible travel restrictions. The University will closely monitor advice and guidance published by the UK government and assess its impact on our international students. Appropriate advice and guidance will be provided as and when required.

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