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Quality Distance-Learning Courses at all Levels

Maryvale Methodology

Quality Distance-Learning Courses at all levels.

Maryvale developed its learning method on that pioneered by the Open University, and its success as an educational Institute has blossomed as a result of this choice. Part-time distance learning means that students can follow stimulating and complex courses of study leading to publicly-recognised awards whilst maintaining their existing vocational, family and work commitments. In this way the Institute gives new possibilities of access to formation and to the immeasurable treasures to be discovered in the Christian Tradition and in contemporary Church teaching and thought.

Taking advantage of developments in online learning, Maryvale's teaching method harnesses various resources, both ancient and modern, to offer first class tuition from specialist staff. Comprehensive and constantly revised coursebooks are used as the main learning resource to guide students through each element of their area of study, while the residential schools and study days provide personal contact at lectures, seminars and discussion-periods. These schools give students opportunities to immerse themselves in their subject, to use the library and bookshop, to enjoy the tranquil gardens, and to pray in the beautifully-restored Chapel.

Home learning is based on specially written coursebooks which guide students through each module of their area of study. Through these students engage with Scripture, Catholic teaching and the work of scholars in their area of study. Support is always available by telephone and e-mail from Course Tutors and mentors.

Additionally, academic tutors and mentors are allocated to provide ample levels of support when working at home. Course Directors are available by telephone and e-mail to give help and advice on coursework, and audio- and video-conferencing facilities are especially useful for students who are further away.

The Maryvale Library is available for student use, and provides both PCs and wifi for students to use their own devices. The catalogue is available online and the Librarian will provide material on request (subject to copyright restrictions). Students have access to a number of online resources and databases through the Maryvale Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) enabling them to consult current research and opinion in a number of fields. The VLE also provides a number of useful links and IT guidance is offered at tutorials during the study residentials.

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