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Quality teaching

Our well qualified and experienced staff are committed to providing an educational experience that is of a high standard, student focused and which will prepare you for employment in your chosen field, as well as equipping you with skills for life. When you come to the University of Worcester you will become part of a thriving academic community. As one of our students, you will be an extremely important member of this community. We want you to develop to your full potential and we aim to achieve this by providing outstanding teaching, and inspirational learning opportunities.

Staff in the Institute of Health and Society are experts in learning, teaching and assessment. We also pride ourselves on our knowledge of cutting edge research and practice. During your studies with us, you will be taught by experienced specialists who are actively engaged in both research and professional practice. We integrate this research and practice into our teaching so that you benefit from our knowledge and experience.

Innovative learning, teaching and assessment methods

We pride ourselves on using innovative and inspiring learning, teaching and assessment strategies to enable you to realise your full potential.  Our aim is to support and encourage you on your journey to becoming an independent and self- reflective learner.  

Our tutors use a number of different teaching methods including lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, practical sessions and e-learning methods.  Some of your time will be spent in the classroom learning about up to date evidence in your chosen field of study; some of it will be spent applying that new knowledge in practical sessions.  You might be asked to solve real-life problems, debate ethical dilemmas and consider carefully chosen case studies as part of your learning. Many of our courses also have work-based learning placements integrated into them to provide students with experience in real work settings. By blending innovative technology together with traditional teaching methods, we can help you to succeed in your quest for academic excellence.

We also use a wide range of assessment methods. Alongside traditional essays and exams you will find e-portfolios, weblogs, poster presentations and wikis. These expertly designed assessments help you identify the academic skills and knowledge you are developing. In addition, many of our assessments are designed with the needs of employers in mind.  They will therefore enable you to recognise the employability assets that you have as a University of Worcester student: the advantage that can make you stand out from the crowd.

External recognition of excellence

As with other UK universities, teaching quality at the University of Worcester is assessed regularly by the national Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). In the latest audit of academic standards by the QAA we received an outstanding report, confirming the quality of the learning available to all our students. The audit team highlighted several aspects of good practice, including the student academic representative (StARs) initiative, the proactive support for disabled students, and the wide range of opportunities afforded to students to enhance their employability.

Many of our courses also accredited by respected professional bodies. As well as our courses which lead directly to a professional qualification, such as Nursing and Midwifery, we have a number of other externally accredited courses:

· Sports Therapy – The Society of Sports Therapists
· Psychology British Psychological Society  
· Psychological Therapies British Psychological Society

Academic Tutors

The Academic Tutoring system provides one of the ways in which we are able to support you during your studies. Your Academic Tutor will work with you from the moment you arrive to support your academic development and help you get the most out of your time at the University of Worcester. Throughout your studies your academic tutor will work with to help you succeed in your chosen degree, but also to become a confident, articulate and highly employable graduate.