Improved student learning experience at Lancaster University International Study Centre

Maria Lancaster

82% of Lancaster University International Study Centre students who successfully completed their programme in 2017 were offered a place to study at Lancaster University. Following on from this success, the International Study Centre has announced changes to its programme delivery, assessment and student support for the 2017-2018 academic year. The plans hope to enhance both the student learning experience and the opportunity for students to progress to their chosen undergraduate programme:
Changes to curriculum, module delivery and assessment have been made to allow students increased time for learning, research, and skill development, including:

  • Combining and reducing the number of formal assessments in subject modules – this applies to at least two subject modules in each subject pathway.
  • A new English module, entitled Academic English Skills, replacing the previous English module and providing greater opportunity for informal assessment and feedback to students. This will reduce the number of formal assessments, which are now scheduled in the latter stages of the programme.
  • The personal tutorial system for students has also been enhanced to provide greater focus on a review of students’ academic progress at key stages of the academic year, action planning for and monitoring of improvement in performance and discussion of progression options relevant to the achievements and progress demonstrated at each stage.

These changes will provide an even better student learning experience throughout the full International Foundation Year. Students will continue to live on campus, being fully immersed in the Lancaster student experience from day one. All this serves to maximise the opportunity for students to complete the programme and progress to one of the leading UK universities.

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