Each department is slightly different in how teaching is organised and you will experience a range of excellent teaching, including lectures, practicals and small-group seminars. Typically, you will have 10–15 hours of contact time per week. Your third year may have a stronger emphasis on individual research through a dissertation to deepen and consolidate previous learning in your specialism.
Lectures provide you with information, analysis and argument, on the basis of which you prepare for discussion or problem solving in your seminars. Seminars are much smaller groups, in which you deepen and further your learning through interactive group discussion, debates, and exchange of ideas. Your seminar tutor or lecturer will provide you with reading, instructions, notes or tasks, and set the format and guide the discussion or work, prompting debate and involving the whole group in the task at hand. You’ll be expected to prepare independently or in groups, and share your views and debate the issues and concepts with your classmates.
Lecturers and seminar tutors are available outside of class to give advice on essay writing and on other matters related to their module. They will also give you feedback on your essays to help you improve your writing and problem-solving techniques.
Research training, personal and professional development are all embedded into your EPP degree programme. Through modules, extracurricular activities, skills workshops, careers events and one-to-one advice sessions, you will be able to hone the skills that employers and further study programmes are looking for.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment is mainly via a mixture of coursework, tests, exams and group presentations. We also employ a range of innovative assessment methods, such as film assessment, performance based learning and reflective journals.
First Year results are qualifying and do not count towards your degree classification. The final degree classification is determined by your Second and Final Year marks and each year contributes 50%.
"I've enjoyed the balance and freedom the course offers, allowing me to choose optional
modules from various departments with assessment methods ranging from examination to essay based. This has made for a smoother
transition in my first year of university."
Diksha, EPP Second Year