About your course

The main difference between studying at higher education and studying at school or college is that you will be expected to take more responsibility for your own learning. One of the aims of higher education is to develop your skills as a lifelong learner so that you can face new challenges later in life and know how to deal with these successfully (see the ‘Learning and Teaching’ section).


Taking responsibility for your own learning means that you will have to organise your own time in order to ensure that you can engage with your studies. Engagement will include, for example: attendance at timetabled sessions (eg. lectures, seminars, etc.); completion of work required for a timetabled session (eg. viewing and reading material available on Canvas, the University’s virtual learning environment); additional reading of books and journals to enhance your knowledge of a subject; accessing additional resources, such as study skills workshops; and completion of assessment tasks.
Some timetabled sessions will require a register of attendance to be taken, particularly if this is a requirement for a national body that recognises your course for additional accreditation.


When you enrol on a course you will be able to access the Course Guide
The Course Guide is an important document which contains essential information that you should refer to throughout your period of study. Download it from 


Your course will consist of a set of modules, which are blocks of teaching and learning based around a particular theme or topic relating to the subject that you are studying.
Each module is given a number of academic credits. The number of credits relates to the amount of study time that you will need to do in order to complete the module. As a general rule, 1 credit = 10 hours of study – so, for a 20 credit module you would expect to study for 200 hours. This time includes:
• all contact time with members of staff
• preparation for study
• independent learning
• preparing and completing assessment activities
You will collect academic credits every time you pass a module. These credits accumulate towards the total number of credits required for the qualification that you are studying.
The University’s Academic Regulations detail how many credits you will need to achieve  for the qualification that you are studying,  and how many of these credits you should be achieving in each academic year.
By accepting the offer of a place on your chosen course, you have entered into a formal contract with the University of Wolverhampton for the provision of education and other services. 
As a student, you have accepted and agreed to abide by the terms and conditions, Bye-Laws, Academic Regulations, Rules and Codes of Conduct of the University of Wolverhampton. 
Details are provided at: wlv.ac.uk/policies 
See also: wlv.ac.uk/rights
The course you are studying will relate to one or more credit levels. In the UK, there are eight credit levels. Levels 4-8 refer to higher education qualifications:
These levels relate to the national Framework  for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ).  The qualification you will achieve is equivalent to  all other awards at that level across the country. 
Course learning outcomes are written to show  what you will have achieved having successfully completed your course. For example, the course learning outcomes for a Bachelor’s Degree will  be written at Level 6, demonstrating what you will  have achieved by completing a degree, and will  have learning outcomes outlining what you have achieved by completing Levels 4 and 5.