We use a range of teaching methods, from lectures, to small group seminars or tutorials.

For most modules at Levels 1 and 2 you will attend two lectures and one tutorial in each week. This may vary at Levels 3 and 4 where you may have one lecture and more small working groups or seminars per week.

For the philosophy lectures you will be introduced to the major themes and topics of a philosopher or philosophical problem. For the tutorials you will question and develop your own world views, construct arguments to defend them, and put together projects in small groups to illustrate them.

You will also engage in independent reading and research, with specially designed worksheets and assignments to help you to do this most effectively.

The language modules at Levels 1 and 2 have four hours of tutorials each week. At Levels 3 and 4 this changes to two hours of language tutorial each week, plus 10 hours of lectures/seminars on European film, culture and society across each year.


Assessments are carried out by coursework and exams, varying in type and weighting from module to module.

Assessments for philosophy modules include:

  • essays
  • tutorial performance
  • exams
  • online journals and discussions

Assessments for the language modules can consist of:

  • oral presentations and exams
  • written assessments and exams
  • grammar tests
  • listening tests
  • projects

At Level 4 you can apply the skills you have learned by writing a dissertation on a topic of your own choice.

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