You can study one, two or all three modules via our attendance or e-learning modes, which enable you to follow a scheduled timetable or set your own.

 

You may also move between modes, depending on your preferred NTDC entry date, as this course has been designed to offer maximum flexibility with you and your needs in mind.

 


 

Attendance mode (aNTSAC)

Lectures take place at our Richmond upon Thames facilities over a number of pre-scheduled weekends throughout the course. Starting on Friday evenings (from 6 to 8pm) and continuing throughout Saturday and Sunday (from 10am to 4.45pm).

In between lecture weekends tutors will engage with you via the course forums and core formative activities that support academic progress. All assessments are timetabled and pre-scheduled tutorials (in person or online) are built-in to further support your learning.

ION currently offers two entry dates for this mode:

  • October – June (teaching takes place every fourth weekend)
  • January – July (teaching takes place every third weekend)

  

eLearning mode (eNTSAC)

For those that are unable to study with us in person, our online course enables you study when and where you can, whilst providing the same level of student support and grounding in the necessary core science areas.

As with the attendance mode, tutors will engage with you via course forums and core formative activities. You will also be invited to attend pre-scheduled online tutorials, which provide you with an opportunity to connect with tutors and peers. All assessments are timetabled.

ION currently offers three entry dates for our e-learning mode:

  • October – June
  • January – July
  • May - December

 


 

In addition to the above, we also offer the following options:

eScience Flexi course

We understand that in certain instances following a set timetable may be problematic so we have developed the ultimate independent flexible option.

For those that are unable to commit to lecture weekends or to formal assessment dates, you can access our eScience Flexi option online whenever you want to start and set your assessments to suit your lifestyle.

As with all other modes, Tutors will communicate directly and set core formative activities to support progress and you set up online tutorials.

Should you select this mode, you will be given up to two years to complete the course.

eScience Refresh

If you already meet the entry requirements for our Diploma course (aNTDC or eNTDC) but feel you would benefit from revisiting or refreshing your scientific knowledge our eScience Refresh option provides online access to a wide range of interactive study materials, videos and exercises.

For those that want to brush up on core science subjects, this option provides an easy and engaging way to do so - much more fun than reading a textbook.