If you have a place on the FDLT / BALT course starting in September 2017 you should browse the university website ‘new students’ area. You can find this here.
The ‘Before you Arrive’ section is good place to start. You can find this here and some of it is also copied below.
The checklist below includes all of the essential things you will need to do before you arrive on campus:
Read all the correspondence that we have sent to you
Check your course details
Find out about support for additional needs. If you have additional needs relating to a disability, medical condition, dyslexia or mental health difficulty please contact us on 01604 893430 or email ASSIST@northampton.ac.uk to discuss your needs
Remember that any communication from UCAS or from Admissions must be dealt with promptly. If you receive something that seems inapplicable to you contact Admissions email@example.com or the Admissions tutor firstname.lastname@example.org for clarification. An example of this is related to accommodation and Welcome Weekend: most, if not all of you, will not be living on campus so this communication is not relevant but you still may need to reply to decline this.
As a student of education there are many sources that you use to gather information to support your studies. As you begin your course you will be introduced to university resources to help you access academic books and journal articles that will be crucial to your study. before that though you can look around for other sources of information and research.
This evening, for example, there is a documentary on Channel 4 called ‘Excluded at Seven’.
Inclusion and the management of behaviour is an issuer of concern to everyone who works in education. If you watch this documentary try to take an objective view, rather than a subjective or emotive view. Ask yourself how the scenarios shown relate to your experience and also how they relate to your school policy and education legislation.
There is a link here to take you to the government’s School discipline and exclusions information page.
On the radio there are more opportunities to begin to think about areas relevant to your study. A series called ‘Bring Up Britain’ on Radio 4 explores issues such as nuturing critical thinking in children, raising happy children and summer learning loss in the summer holidays. There is a list of episodes here. You can browse this list and find a few that interest you to listen to.
As you watch and listen remember that these are sources made for an audience of the general public, not for students who are studying education. As a student of education you need to consider where the information that underlies these documentaries comes from and how reliable it is. In some of them, or in the supporting information about them, you will find reference to research and academic studies and it is these that you should find and read to more deeply into the subject.
Look out for other interesting opportunities to broaden your knowledge and understanding of the wider world of education on Tv and radio.
If you are starting the FDLT course in year 1 in September or currently in year 1 going into year 2 you can access this free online course here.
The course is designed to help you if you are about to study an undergraduate course with us or are in your first year and want to:
improve your study skills
develop your academic confidence
better understand what is expected of you in your degree
develop greater autonomy as a learner
achieve better grades in your assignments
In order to do this, the course focuses on improving your critical thinking, research, referencing, note taking and academic writing skills, to build your academic confidence.
The activities in this course are designed to engage you in specific learning. You will have opportunities to reflect on your learning and to engage with other students through discussion boards and blogs. This is a very interactive course and the more you engage with other learners, the more you will learn.
To participate in this course you must either be a current University of Northampton student enrolled on an undergraduate course or an applicant for an undergraduate course and have selected the University of Northampton as your firm choice institution.