Essential student skills

Working through the online essential student skills toolkit will prepare you well for your studies.  Topics include; Preparing for work; Learning with us; Using technologies; Becoming and effective learner; Core skills; and Assessment

Study Methods

When you are invited to attend your course you will be told what the study method is for your course.  During Semester 1 of 2020/21 this may be different to what normally happens for your course, if you are unsure remember to ask your PAT or any member of staff.

Fully online - access all of learning from home via Brightspace using a mixture of self directed study, webex video lectures and online discussion boards.

Mostly online - access most learning from home via Brightspace but attend one of our campus sites to carry out essential practical work or assessment (this might be once a week or when required - tutors will advise).

Mostly face to face - attend one of our campuses for most learning and assessment but access Brightspace to carry out some pieces of work from home (this might be once a week or when required - tutors will advise).

Fully face to face - attend one of our campuses for all learning and assessment, this will apply to very few students this year.

Work based - learning and assessment is carried out in the workplace and may be supplemented

Keeping up with your work

To pass your course, it is important that you keep up with your work and studies. The bad news is that you cannot “wing it”. Here are some tips to last the pace;

  • Be organised - come prepared to class with everything you need
  • Don't file all your work in one folder, you will get totally confused as to what goes where. Whether it's paper or electronic, keep each subject in a separate file and label it accurately
  • Meet deadlines for assessment coursework or homework tasks
  • Make sure that you understand what the lecturer is looking for
  • Make sure to complete any homework or learning tasks set by your tutor
  • If you get into difficulties with the organisation of your work, don’t just hope it will all work out, speak to your tutor who will help you plan your schedule
  • Make sure you submit re-drafted and corrected work on time
  • If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to ensure that you are meeting the course requirements, to catch up and ask for information you have missed