Learning and teaching
The course is delivered through blended learning. Most teaching is delivered through our virtual learning environment, Blackboard. Online teaching gives apprentices the flexibility to study from any location without the need to frequently travel to the Aston University campus.
Apprentices will attend a two-day session on campus once per term in the middle of each module. The study session typically involves:
- An information session about the upcoming assessments
- Lectures/seminars for the current module
- Personal and professional development workshop
- A one-to-one session with their degree apprenticeship tutor
- Portfolio contribution workshops
For the professional and personal development module and portfolio, apprentices will be supported by their degree apprenticeship tutor. They can expect a monthly one-to-one session (either face-to-face, over the phone or Skype) plus a workplace visit every six months.
There are no exams for this apprenticeship, instead, learners will be assessed throughout by two pieces of coursework per module. The first assignment is due halfway through each module and the second is due at the end of the module. Assessment dates are published at the start of the degree apprenticeship apprentices plan their work and personal commitments around studying.
In the final year, apprentices will complete a large work-based project requiring them to use all the theory and skills gained throughout the apprenticeship. Throughout the programme, apprentices will also complete a business portfolio that showcases the skills they have learned and how they have actioned them in the workplace.
The apprenticeship also includes an end point assessment, which consists of a review of the apprentice's final project and portfolio, followed by an interview with representatives from Aston University, your organisation, and an independent assessor. After the interview, based both on the apprentice's performance and complete portfolio, the assessors consider what grade should be awarded for the apprenticeship – fail, pass, merit or distinction.