Gibraltar offers many different benefits. Apart from the improved climate, cost of living in Gibraltar is considerably cheaper than in London. For Gibraltar-based students, in addition to the benefits outlined above, it allows them to obtain a highly-regarded internationally recognized academic qualification, via a different route. This is especially relevant to students who may have commitments (such as family or work) which may make it difficult for them to be away for extended periods of time. Finally, the University of Gibraltar provides readily accessible, purpose-built learning facilities (including libraries) in which to work and engage with your peers.
The lecturers at the University of Gibraltar are subject to stringent internal checks on their qualifications and teaching standards. Students opting for these courses will also have opportunities to engage with the University of London via their Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
There is nothing to prevent you applying to a University of London program directly and studying on your own. However, there are significant benefits to enrolling in the course as provided by the University of Gibraltar. Students will attend lectures and have significant amount of one-to-one contact time with their tutors, as well as with other students which allows for informed discussion and evaluation rather than just rote learning. They will also benefit from targeted revision sessions, as well as be able to attend specialist workshops in their chosen subject areas.
The initial offering of the University of Gibraltar for the academic year 2015-16 will be part-time courses, but this will expand to include full-time programmes as from September 2016.
Not at all!
We envisage that classes will be no larger than 20-25 students, possibly even smaller.
You will need to contact the organizers of the particular scholarship scheme you are interested in to establish this.
The courses are split up into modules. You need to pass twelve of these to obtain your degree, and you can take no more than four in any year. For part-time students, this is reduced to one, two or three in the first year. As a general guide, two-hour long classes take place between September and March, with revision in April and the University of London examinations in May.
No, all examinations are set and marked in London by the relevant department of the University of London’s International Programme. Examination invigilation in Gibraltar is carried out by appointed invigilators from the Gibraltar Government’s Department of Education. However students will be set examination questions and practice these as part of the revision component of their course with the University of Gibraltar. It is important to note that the degree awarded will be from the University of London’s International Programme.
No, but students will have to make up lost ground on their own. Attending lectures consistently and on time is part of your responsibility. The University tutors will be available at specific times to cover specific aspects of the course and unless students can provide evidence of extenuating circumstances or illness (doctor’s certificate), missed lectures or tutorials cannot be provided again.