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Block teaching

Teaching designed around you

At DMU, it’s our goal to help every student reach their goal, and you deserve a positive teaching and learning experience. With this in mind, the majority of our undergraduate and postgraduate students will get to enjoy an innovative approach to learning, known as ‘Education 2030’ using block teaching.* This allows you to focus on one subject at a time, instead of several at once, with more regular assessments and a better study‑life balance. DMU is one of the few universities in the country to offer the block teaching method.

With block teaching, not only will you have more time to learn your subject in depth, but you will also benefit from a simple timetable with space to enjoy all that university life has to offer such as sports, societies, meeting friends and discovering your new city.

*Of course, one size doesn’t fit all, and there will be variations based on the professional requirements of your undergraduate or postgraduate course. Rest assured you will still benefit from the same excellent experience, supportive environment, and friendships which last well beyond your time on campus – making university your new beginning.

 

92 Felt singular focus supported their work/life balance and lifestyle
93 Of surveyed students stated that they enjoy focusing on one module at a time*

*Source: Student Pulse Survey – November 2022

I have been able to build a stronger relationship with staff, it has helped me do better in my assessments and learn more.

 

Introduction to block teaching

Our students and lecturers talk about the benefits of block teaching - our innovative approach to teaching that鈥檚 designed around you.

 



What are the benefits of block learning and teaching?

Block learning and teaching benefits include:

Learn one thing at time: You will have the space to properly focus on and understand each module before moving on to the next. A simplified timetable makes it easier to attend all classes and scheduled learning.

Dedicated teacher contact time: Your tutors are able to be more responsive to your needs and can easily identify if you need additional support.

Regular assessment and faster feedback: You will have assessments, and receive your marks, following each block. This means that you don’t have to remember content from multiple modules for a big summer exam. This helps you to see how well you’re doing throughout your course and incorporate feedback from your tutors into every assessment, rather than waiting until the end of the year.

Build friendships and get to know your tutors: You’ll be with the same tutors and students for each block, so you'll really benefit from a sense of belonging. You will work closely with your tutors and get to know others on your course, helping you to build friendships and feel part of the learning community.

A better study-life balance and improved wellbeing: Block teaching allows you to fit in your learning around your other life commitments. You will have more time for work, a social life, caring responsibilities, sport, and everything else that’s important to you.

More opportunities to develop your skills: There will be more opportunities for you to develop wider skills including entrepreneurial, wellbeing and life skills. Our carefully designed courses are delivered by passionate and talented lecturers, who will help you develop the right skills to achieve your goals and get you started on your career path.

 



How the student-centred block model works

Most students using the standard block structure will study one block for seven consecutive weeks, totalling two blocks a semester and four blocks a year. All learning and assessment is completed before starting the next block.

 

Block learning on Performing Arts

Our new way of teaching enables students to study one module at a time instead of several at once. Our Performing Arts students and their programme leader explain why block learning works for them.

 

Embedding the skills employers are looking for

Glynis Wright, Chair of the Advisory Board for Business and Law at DMU, explains how the business community helped shape our Education2030 approach and how it embeds the skills employers are looking for.

 

Helping you prepare for the modern workplace

Jenny Cross, CEO at Cross Productions, discusses how Education 2030 meets the needs of students and helps prepare them for future employment.