Course changes in 2021
While some elements of our course provision for the 2021/22 academic year may vary from those advertised due to changes in government guidance, we will continue to use a combination of virtual delivery and in-person teaching and learning where permitted to offer the best possible student experience within a COVID-secure environment.
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The programme is delivered using a variety of methods, primarily a blend of on-line and workplace learning together with study days based within the Science Centre at our Stoke-on-Trent campus. Weekly on-line learning materials, discussion boards and collaborative activities will be provided together with integrated work-based activities.
There are frequent online interactions between the tutor, teaching staff and fellow students supported by on-campus study days in which apprentices will undertake laboratory practicals, tutorials and collaborative sessions. There are nine study days per year for the first two years, dropping to six in year three and three during the final year.
A range of formative and summative assessment methods are used across the modules including portfolio course work, workplace competency assessments, assignments and exams.
Apprentices achieve the BSc (Hons) in Healthcare Science that includes an integrated End Point Assessment to complete the apprenticeship. In addition, apprentices work towards completing the Institute of Biomedical Science Registration Portfolio which confers eligibility to apply for registration as a Biomedical Scientist.
In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).
Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties. You will also have full access to our support services such as Student Guidance.
Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.