A new feature to the School of Science and Technology, University of Northampton is a bespoke 'flying start' programme for all MSc and final-year direct entry students, run by the Centre for Academic Practice.
The school has for the last few years being recommending, on certain courses, that first year students enrol on the Flying Start programme before joining their course. A specific masters version has been running in the Institute for Creative Leather Technologies (ICLT) for several years; this year the concept has been rolled out across the school.
The Flying Start programme consists of a mix of interactive-lectures, workshops, discussions supported by experienced academic tutors and looks at academic skills appropriate to the level of the students. In this case the emphasis is on what is expected of a masters student. This programme is not meant to replace the work course tutors do; but to complement and support what is done in the class.