On our distance-learning and blended-learning courses, the emphasis is very much on independent, self-directed learning and you will be expected to manage your own learning, with the support of your module tutors and various learning technologies.
Our Disability and Dyslexia Service can support you if you have additional learning needs resulting from a disability or from dyslexia.
Alongside this, you will also undertake assessment activities and independent learning outside of class.
Depending on the modules you take, you may also have additional scheduled academic activities, such as tutorials, dissertation supervision, practical classes, visits and fieldtrips.
In Year 2, you take a compulsory creative writing module that will develop your writing skills in longer-form fiction.
You also take a compulsory English literature module that will develop your ability to critically evaluate longer fiction.In your final year, you take a compulsory module that explores the boundary between creative and critical writing, and undertake a written project in English literature (a long essay) or an extended writing project in a genre of creative writing.All other modules are optional, chosen from a wide range offered across our BA English and our BA Creative Writing programmes.Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework.The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'.For full information, read our visa information for international students page.If you have studied at university previously, you may have accumulated credits through the modules you studied.Exams may be held at other times of the year as well.In most cases, exams are held during the day on a weekday - if you have daytime commitments, you will need to make arrangements for daytime attendance - but some exams are held in the evening. Find out more about assessment at Birkbeck, including guidance on assessment, feedback and our assessment offences policy.You will need to allow time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.Where a course has unseen written examinations, these may be held termly, but, on the majority of our courses, exams are usually taken in the Summer term, during May to June.