For courses which include placements, we’re working closely with our partner organisations to assess how these can be delivered. Where you’re required to undertake a placement, we need to ensure that your health, safety and wellbeing will be taken care of. Any student who needs to do a placement will be fully briefed and informed nearer the time.
What this means for your course
Our blended learning approach allows you to experience the same high-quality teaching, but with flexible modes of delivery.
What does blended learning mean? In short, you’ll experience the traditional university lecture in an online environment, mixed with some on-campus activities. Under the current National Lockdown only essential activity is taking place on campus, for courses where access to specilist facilities is required.
Your online teaching will be interactive, giving you the chance to engage and ask questions to academics. Depending on the latest Government advice, and where we feel it’s safe to do so, we’ll aim to conduct other teaching delivery on our campus. This may include smaller classes (seminars), practical activities, and wider teaching which requires specialist facilities or equipment.
You’ll also have the time and support for independent learning, which is your chance to reflect on teaching, further your reading and work on assignments. We’re looking at our methods of assessment, ranging from coursework, group work and exams. We aim to tailor these to support online learning, ensuring accessibility for all our students.
This flexible model of delivery will help keep you (and others) safe and ensure you'll experience the same high-quality teaching. And whether virtually or in-person, you’ll be supported by your tutor and wider support services from LSBU.
Changes to courses
For most courses, we do not expect a move to blended delivery to impact on any core elements, such as learning outcomes or modules delivered.
For a small number of courses, there may be changes to the sequencing of modules. For example, modules previously advertised as being taught in Semester 1 may now be switched with a module from Semester 2. Additionally, some courses may have a split of assessment methods (e.g. exams versus course work) re-balanced to accommodate online delivery.
What will happen with any placements for my course?
Will I still have access to specialist facilities/equipment for my course?
Where we ask you to come onto campus for any learning which requires access to specialist facilities/equipment, we will ensure that social distancing and other safety measures are in place. You’ll be updated on this via your timetable, so you'll have a clear idea of what on-campus activity is taking place.
Will there be any study space made available on campus?
We are in the process of reviewing our campus space to ensure essential on-site teaching can be delivered in a safe and socially distanced way. We aim, where possible, to create space for independent learning.
What is the plan for my induction?
All course inductions will take place online, with some face-to-face activities taking place where possible. This is your chance to meet your academic team and fellow students, as well as find out everything you need to know about studying and life at LSBU.
Can I defer my place to next year?
We hope that you’ll join us this year, but if you would like to request a deferral, please submit your enquiry. Remember to include your name and LSBU or UCAS reference number. Most courses start in September but we do offer January start dates for some courses - if this may be an alternative option for you, please enquire with our Admissions Team.