The learning experience

We provide an education of the highest quality that will challenge and stimulate, equipping you to become an independent learner and future leader.

How will I be taught?

At Bristol the emphasis is on student-centred learning. We provide a framework within which you will gain the skills and knowledge to explore your subject through independent learning. We use a variety of teaching methods including:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • practicals 
  • e-learning resources. 

Your personal tutor

‌At the start of your course your academic school will allocate you a personal tutor who you will be able to contact on a regular basis. Your personal tutor will be able to advise you on any academic problems you may have. Alongside a senior tutor, they will also provide personal support and guide you towards the appropriate specialist support services within the University. 

Shape your studies

Our students are partners in the learning process and we will encourage you to become fully engaged with the development of education at the University. We use focus groups and questionnaires to gather feedback on lectures and practical classes.

Students contribute to the development of their own courses and new areas of study through student-staff liaison meetings and student representation on University committees. Feedback from the National Student Survey and other avenues are also integral to helping define and enhance the student experience at Bristol.

How will I be assessed?

Evaluation at Bristol takes various forms including:

  • written examinations
  • e-assessment
  • continuous assessment
  • essays 
  • dissertations.

We will use tutorials and seminars to monitor your progress and assess your level of competence, and we will provide meaningful feedback in time to influence your next activity or task.

Fact file

87% of our students who completed their degree gained a First or a 2:1 (2015/16)

There are more than 2,500 reading places and group study areas around the University.

The lecturers are amazing and you get to know them really well. The extensive choice of units available in the second and third years provides the opportunity to become specialised in subject matter that truly interests you.

Marco (Third year, BSc Politics and International Relations)
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