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The Suffolk Learning Experience

A journey of self-discovery

Your studies enable you to explore a subject that you are passionate about, developing an in-depth understanding in areas of particular interest to you. You will discover your own strengths and qualities that equip you to make long-term career and personal choices and ultimately, realise your goals and ambitions.  

Our diverse student body will also give you the opportunity to learn more about different cultures and beliefs and philosophies. By becoming involved in clubs and societies, you will find others who share your passions, whether they are sporting, educational or social.  

One of the great benefits of being a younger university is that we can look at things with fresh eyes and change them for the better. Traditionally, most universities take the same approach to class-based learning; in the first year you’re likely to be taught in large classes; in subsequent years they are likely to be smaller, but only because they become more specialist with fewer students taking the class. This approach suits universities more than it suits students. Our approach to learning is different. We’re here to help you succeed, so we work closely with you from the very beginning of your first year, giving you the time and attention to help you develop into a confident and independent learner.  

At Suffolk, we talk about ‘guided learning’ in year one, characterised by learning in smaller groups, allowing you to build a solid foundation of academic skills.  

Year two is about ‘negotiated learning’. This is learning that helps you to become more self-directed and reflective. You will focus on problem-based learning and various forms of collaborative work. 

By year three, you’ll be equipped for ‘independent learning’. You’ll have access to expert support relating to your specialist interests, and you will learn by undertaking personal projects and research, peer-group activities and independent work.  

Throughout your degree, you will develop employability skills with an emphasis on professional development in your final year to prepare you for life after university.  

Your learning experience is supported by our very simple philosophy of assessment: every assessment (whether it’s an exam, an essay, or something much less traditional) does not just test your progress, it is part of your learning process.  

Key to your progress is the quality of   the feedback we give you. We make sure our feedback is regular and timely, whether this is face-to-face or written.  

Our approach to learning, assessment and feedback will provide you with the tools to change, evolve, succeed and change again.  

Find out more on our Learning and Teaching pages.

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