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The Suffolk Learning Experience

One of the great benefits of being a new university is that we can look at things with fresh eyes and change them for the better.

Most universities take the same approach to class-based learning: in the first year, you’re likely to be taught in large lecture classes; in subsequent years, your classes are likely to be smaller, but only because they’re more specialist – fewer students are taking the class. This 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 you need to develop into a confident and independent learner.

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

Year two is focused on ‘negotiated learning’. This is learning that helps you to become more self-directed and reflective. You’ll be focusing 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 according to your specialist interests, but you’ll be learning by undertaking personal projects and research, peer-group activities, and independent work.

Although you’ll be developing employability skills throughout your degree, your final year will focus on professional development and preparing 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) should not just test your progress, it should itself be part of the 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 through written feedback.

Our approach to learning, assessment and feedback will help you to change, evolve and succeed.

Find out more on our Learning and Teaching pages.

Learning Teaching and Assessment strategy