University of Worcester Worcester Research and Publications

Enhanced Induction into a Science Top-up Degree – Easing Transition from Further Education Institutions

Prankel, Susanne and Weaver, Lorraine (2015) Enhanced Induction into a Science Top-up Degree – Easing Transition from Further Education Institutions. Bioscience Education, 20 (1). pp. 92-100. ISSN Electronic: 1479-7860

Enhanced Induction into a Science Top up Degree Easing Transition from Further Education Institutions.pdf - Published Version

Download (367kB) | Preview


Induction for students entering university at level six is often less in-depth than that for students experiencing higher education (HE) for the first time. A week-long ‘Enhanced Induction’ was developed specifically tailored to the concerns of the staff and students involved in an Animal Science ‘Top-up’ at the University of Worcester. The concerns raised are examined and related to potential causes and remedies. The materials that were developed successfully broke down perceived or actual barriers and came in three categories: institution specific, subject specific and level specific and used relevant topical examples throughout. There was an emphasis on student-centred learning and dialogue that proved very successful. The success of the Enhanced Induction was assessed by comparing the module results, final awards and withdrawal rates of these students with those of the previous five cohorts who had not received such a structured induction. These indicated that the Enhanced Induction was successful in achieving its aims. The materials are easily adaptable to other institutions and are available for dissemination.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: FEI, HE, induction, barriers, top-up
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Science and the Environment
Related URLs:
Copyright Info: Open Access article, © 2006 G.Scott, Higher Education Academy
Depositing User: Susanne Prankel
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2021 16:45
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2021 16:45

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item
Worcester Research and Publications is powered by EPrints 3 which is developed by the School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton. More information and software credits.