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Tutorial policy

Tutorials are an important part of university learning. A tutorial is a formal meeting between an individual student or small group of students, and a tutor. Courses provide structured timetabled opportunities for individual and group tutorials. Tutorials are part of the taught contact hours for your course.

Tutorials vary in purpose, but their function is to enable focused discussion to explore areas such as academic work, practicalities, understandings, progress, project supervision, assessment outcomes, direction, issues and plans.

Different courses have differing approaches to tutorial provision. You can find a statement summarising your own course’s approach to tutorials on your course Moodle site, under ‘Tutorials’.

UAL has a Tutorial Policy, which provides a framework and the principles for an integrated tutorial provision across the University’s taught courses, and a guideline as to how it should operate in practice.


To find out more download the full Tutorial Policy (PDF 355KB)

Staff Tutorial Resources

Effective tutorial provision is an important and rewarding part of the course experience. It is there to support the development of our students’ academic, personal and creative development.

All tutors should familiarise themselves with the University’s Tutorial Policy and their own Course Tutorial Plan, which sets out the course’s tutorial provision and includes a student-facing statement that describes the detailed course tutorial offer to students. The student-facing statement should be published on course Moodle sites and discussed in student inductions. All course teams are required to complete the Course Tutorial Plan annually before the start of each academic year.

Student Tutorial Guidance

Individual and group tutorials are a highly valued aspect of the student experience at UAL.

This guidance for students covers:

  • the purpose and nature of tutorials
  • how to make the most of tutorials
  • student and staff tutorial responsibilities
  • an overview of available UAL support services.


Course Tutorial Plan Template (Word 43KB)

Tutorial Record Sheet Template (Word 56KB)