Classes take place from Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. You will spend approximately 18 to 21 hours per week in taught classes. During this time, you will experience a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, classes and practicals (including in laboratories). The academic modules and lectures may have more than 100 students in them; the other modules will likely have class sizes between 14 and 16 students.
As well as your timetabled classes, you will be expected to complete at least a further 20 hours of study each week. As a fully matriculated student, you have access to the University’s libraries and study areas, but you will also work within the University's online learning environment (known as Moodle).
In Phase 2 of the Pathway to Medicine, which is known as the International Foundation programme for Medicine, students are introduced to simulated and real patients throughout the programme and are given opportunities to explore how to communicate effectively with people from diverse backgrounds with a variety of health conditions.
Students are also encouraged to volunteer with a local charity during the programme. The Castle Befriending project provides support and companionship for the elderly and vulnerable in the local area. Students who have participated in this project have enjoyed meeting local people and making a difference to their lives.
The University’s student services team can help students who have additional needs resulting from disabilities, long-term medical conditions or learning disabilities. More information can be found on the students with disabilities web page.
There are assessments as part of each module. These include:
- academic essays
- integrated skills exams (which include listening, reading and writing on a topic)
- leading and participating in seminars
- lab or field trip reports
- end of module examinations
- patient interviews.
The grade from each module contributes to the final grade. Each module is equally weighted.