The course has a modular structure, whereby students take a total of 12 course units at a rate of four per year. Some course units are compulsory while others are elective thereby offering versatility and choice.
Assessment is by a mixture of coursework and end-of-year examination in varying proportions, depending on the course units you choose to take.
In a typical week mathemetics students will attend 12 to 14 hours of formal teaching in lectures, tutorials, problem-solving workshop session, computer classes and practical sessions in statistics and computational mathematics. There is a strong focus on small group teaching. Outside these times students are expected to work on worksheets, revision, and preparation of projects.
Most course units are examined entirely by written papers in the summer term. Statistics and Computational courses may have project components, and the first year course units have a test which contributes 10 per cent of the final mark for these courses. In the first term of the second year all students work in small groups to prepare a report and an oral presentation on a mathematical topic of their choice which contributes to one of the core subject marks. There are two optional final year courses which are examined solely by a project and presentation.
Our French teaching combines a majority of seminars and small group work as well as role play and conversational activities, with some lectures. Private study and preparation are essential parts of every course, and you will have access to many online resources such as Powerpoint slideshows, copies of selected primary and secondary texts, audiovisual materials, class and seminar preparation aids, links to relevant external sites, quizzes and grammar and essay writing guidance, and the University’s comprehensive e-learning facility, Moodle. When you start with us, you are assigned a Personal Tutor to support you academically and personally and who holds regular surgery hours at least twice weekly.
Each course is assessed using a varied range of methods such as coursework and end of year examinations. Coursework includes essays, language exercises, translations and reports. Oral presentations and computer-based tests are used in some course units to assess grammar and comprehension skills. You can, to some extent, choose course units which suit your own assessment preferences.
You will also take a study skills course during your first year, designed to equip you with and enhance the writing skills you will need to be successful in your degree. This course does not count towards your final degree award but you are required to pass it to progress to your second year.