You will be taught through a blended learning approach using a combination of lectures, workshops, self-directed study, group discussions using case-based material including video, experiential work, role plays, seminars, small group work and peer learning. You will typically have round 6 contact hours per week.
Small class sizes will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures. In addition, you will be supported by your academic personal tutor.
All programmes are informed by Canterbury Christ Church University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2020
When not attending lectures or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-directed study. Typically, this involves reading recommended journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments, lectures, workshops and seminars.
Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class.
You will also be supported to undertake the required work based learning by an identified mentor in the workplace as well as your academic tutor.
Each 20 credit module will typically include 20 hours of college based learning, 30 hours of directed study and 170 hours of independent and work based learning.
Teaching will be provided in partnership between lecturers at West Kent and Ashford College and CCCU. In addition there will be some delivery from service users and carers in line with the active commitment to promoting service user and carer involvement in all aspects of the programme. Lecturers are drawn from a range of professional backgrounds including those registered as social workers and those with experience of working as practitioners in the field. Specialist lecturers may also teach on specific subject areas of expertise. Teaching staff are regularly involved in research and publish on a range of subjects as national or international experts in their field.
For your academic work the course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains opportunities for formative assessment or feedback to help you prepare for the module assignment. Formative assessment or feedback is developmental and will not count towards your module mark.
There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods may include a range of coursework assessments such as essays drawing on case study material, portfolios, or presentations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.
The work-based learning element will be structured and supported by a Work Place Evidence Tool (WPET). The competencies contained within it are unique to each module and help make connection between the classroom theory and the work-place allowing implementation of best practice.
The work-based elements of the programme are formatively assessed by mentors in the work-place, this allows for identification of progress and areas for development.
The WPET has clear activities to be completed at the formative stage giving structure to work-based learning.
Percentage of the course assessed by coursework
The first module is assessed 100% on written course work. Each subsequent module is then jointly assessed on the basis of a college based assignment (50%) and the WPET (50%).
You will receive feedback on all formal assessments undertaken by coursework. You are also expected to consider opportunities for feedback more broadly in terms of more verbal methods such as group discussions or exercises leading to verbal feedback. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.
We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in (formal coursework assessment).