The delivery and assessment of your course will vary by module, but all programmes allow time for you to learn on your own in private study which is essential for achievement in higher education. You will be given advice on how to develop your own techniques of self-directed learning and detailed training on a range of study skills to support your academic progress.
Most programmes include lectures discussions, seminars and tutorials, and in some areas, computer-based learning technology is extensively used. These learning and teaching methods contribute to the development of transferable skills such as the use of information technology and making presentations. We have extensive learning information on our virtual learning environment ABILearn which the College has developed to be easy to use and a valuable aid for improving student learning capabilities.
Computing & Software Development and Health & Social Care programmes incorporate substantial practical or placement-based activity. This is often based on group project work, developing the collaborative skills needed in work environments.
You may also participate in activities such as research projects with external agencies and companies or visits to and by professionals in your subject area.
In our post graduate courses you will complete a major project either individually or as part of a team. This is normally in the form of a detailed case study and provides valuable experience in applying academic analysis to real world problems.
The learning outcomes for each module (what you should know and be able to do when you have completed it) are given in detailed module outlines which are available on ABILearn. Most of our programmes are assessed by a combination of forms of continuous assessment (such as assignments, reports, practicals and presentations) and our HND courses do not have formal examinations.
Your progress will be monitored by the College student support team and advice given as necessary to enable you to achieve your academic potential.
Personal and practical skills
The academic content of your course provides only a part of your learning experience. You will acquire a range of practical and personal skills which will greatly improve your employability and give you additional confidence when it comes to obtaining a worthwhile job or running your own business.
Your student experience will include working with others, engaging in academic debate, developing critical thinking, giving presentations to groups and improving your computer literacy.