Learning with APA

Learning together

The class learning environment is a collaborative one, whether in the classroom in person or via the Virtual Study Centre online. You will benefit from the experience of both your tutor and other learners who come from a variety of industries and organisations. You can adapt and implement the best practice processes you learn from the course material, from your tutors and from other students to benefit yourself and your own organisations.

You and your fellow students bring a wealth of working and life experience to our classroom sessions. A key part of our job is to help you apply that experience, learn from it and share it with others. This provides a very wide variety of contexts against which you can assess the theory that will be presented to you as part of your syllabus, and to understand how it can be applied in different settings.


Learning time

For CIPS courses, classes are weekly for approximately 3-4 hours. Tuition for each of the 5 modules at all levels consists of 6-7 class study sessions plus one final revision session at the end of the module to prepare you effectively for the exam. 

Each person is different, and the learning activity that best suits you and the number of hours of study required outside of class required for each module may vary significantly. As a general rule, we think that about the same time studying outside of class as learning inside it will leave you very well placed for exam success. This may depend on a range including previous educational experience, work experience and your personal leaning style.


Supporting your studies

  • Your tutors will support you in both inside and outside of in a number of different ways:The option of individual tutorials according to each student’s requirements

  • The setting of work to complete at home each week, based on material covered in the classroom during the last teaching session. This work will, generally, be discussed at the start of the following session, or be handed in for marking and comment

  • Class session notes/slides covering the the syllabus material, which can be usedin combination with the course study guides

  • Setting past examination questions, particularly in the final weeks of each module, with feedback provided to each student

  • The opportunity to contact your tutor at any mutually convenient time via phone, email or Skype to discuss any aspect of your studies

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