UCL Laws Undergraduate Programmes
Teaching Methods and Assessment
A variety of teaching methods are used, including
lectures, seminars, tutorials, role-playing exercises and teamwork.
In each subject, students usually have three hours of contact
with teachers each week.
A great deal of emphasis is laid on small-group classes or
tutorials, in which individual attention can be given to students. These tutorials
take place fortnightly, typically in groups of eight.
There is also substantial student participation and class
discussion in seminars on the basis of prepared work.
A developed system of Peer Assisted Learning also exists
as part of the UCL Transitions Scheme.
The degree programmes are organised on a course-unit system,
in which students take a number of individual courses, each assigned a course-unit
value depending on the amount of work involved. UCL has extended this
system to assign each course a European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) value.
ECTS allows students to gain recognition for academic achievement at participating
institutions across Europe, which can assist UCL students who wish to pursue
educational or career opportunities throughout Europe. One course-unit is equivalent
to 15 ECTS credits.
Each student is assigned a personal tutor who is a full-time
member of the academic staff and is available for advice throughout the
student's time in the Faculty. Great importance is attached to the personal
tutorial system. See the list of full time academics
A student may raise, in confidence, with his or her personal
tutor any matter, academic or personal, which is causing him or her concern.
The personal tutor will either be able to give advice or, if necessary, refer
the student to the College's many advice and welfare facilities.