Due to the very practical nature of a science degree, our School will aim for the majority of your education to be delivered in person. Many of our modules require practical sessions, which will be taught in person in the STEM Centre Teaching Laboratory or in the field. You will need to attend campus from the outset in order to attend these sessions.
Some of the more theoretical or computational modules can be delivered via a blended learning approach, with a mixture of in person teaching, and online seminars and tutorials. We will deliver these online sessions via Zoom, and all sessions are supported by content on our virtual learning environment Moodle.
There will be opportunities for you to work with other students, which will be facilitated via both in-person group meetings, and online Zoom breakout room sessions. Individual support will be offered in person and via Zoom.
We have tailored our blended approach to meet the learning outcomes of your course, along with the requirements of your professional and regulatory bodies (e.g. Institute of Biomedical Science for Biomedical Sciences students). This approach also reflects how Life Sciences degree programmes are being delivered nationally at this time.
If there are further waves of infection in the UK that result in restrictions being imposed, as we have had in 2020-21, we will do all we can to make sure that your teaching and learning continues uninterrupted over the course of the year. Our approach ensures that if things need to change, we can move to online only teaching at any point.
Joining us on campus
While we expect you to return to campus next year, we do understand that COVID-19 restrictions may affect you. We will continue to offer a level of flexibility for those of you who are unable to arrive at our campuses for the start of term due to problems with international travel. We will let you know the latest date that you will need to arrive by.
Regardless of your location or method of accessing your learning, you will be able to register in the normal way at the start of the academic year through our online system. Our life sciences courses require on-campus presence due to the practical nature of the curriculum, and normal arrangements relating to late registration and arrival will apply.