The majority of the course is held online and is made up of three academic trimesters per year.
Trimesters start in late January, late May/early June and late September, and run 13 to 15 weeks each. You will be expected to contribute between about 10 to 15 hours per week in academic study/activities.
At the beginning of the course you will take part in a 2-day orientation, at our Salomons Institute in Tunbridge Wells. You will undertake training on how to use the University’s virtual learning environment and will be encouraged to become part of a ‘learning community’ of students. Participation in this online community accounts for 20% of each module mark.
Your online learning will be supported by a variety of material, including pre-recorded lectures, podcasts, and multi-media. These are all designed to be in manageable segments, that you can take at your own pace.
Other material includes ‘foundational’ and ‘advanced’ reading from e-books, e-journals, and tutor approved web-based material.
You will be expected to contribute to and engage in discussion boards with other students. Tutors will set tasks, debates, questions and critiques etc.
There will be three live webinars per trimester, held during normal office hours. These will include discussions about the course and provide an opportunity for you to speak to tutors and other students.
In October you will return to the Salomons Institute for a week-long teaching block, this will include lectures, workshops, small group work and discussion-based teaching. This offers you another chance to meet other students on the course.