Introduction to Formal and Informal Learning EDUC1089

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course will provide students with the understanding of various types of learning, both formal and informal. It will explore academic skills, a skills analysis and knowledge of various academic conventions required for the successful completion of study within higher education. This course will provide an academic basis to the more in-depth study of popular education.


6 session of 4 hours

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Students will be required to:

1. Annotated Bibliography (50%)

2. Drawing on the skills audit a 1000word assignment on putting this into practice (50%)

Course Aims

This course aims to provide students with the knowledge and capacity to differentiate between formal and informal learning, to understand the academic skills required in higher education and support students to identify strategies to enhance their academic experience of learning, teaching and assessment.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

1 - Comprehend various learning theories relating to formal and informal education

2- Understand academic conventions e.g. referencing, spelling, grammar, punctuation.

3 - Identify and use relevant academic source material

4 - Access relevant support services at School, College and University level.

5 - Present work according to academic conventions

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

80% attendance

Each element of the course assessment must be passed