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Course Overview

The course provides an introduction to theories of mindfulness and how mindfulness can be used in relation to, for example, stress and self-compassion. There are opportunities to learn various mindfulness practices and reflect on their effect: home practice of a minimum of 30 minutes a day is an integral part of this and a journal is to be kept reflecting on this as well as experiences in the group. Small group work gives students an opportunity to discuss and monitor their own learning

The course content has some flexibility in order to respond to any specific needs of the group.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Barbara Foad

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Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

1. Meditation practices: body scan, breathing meditation, sitting and walking meditation. 2. Theories of mindfulness, compassion and stress reduction.

Further Information & Notes

.See Course Prospectus for class days and times.  You must contact the Programme Co-ordinator , Barbara Foad to register for a place. 

This course may not be suitable for anyone who is currently receiving Counselling  or has faced a serious emotional issue in the last six months.
Class size is limited to 15. You must be able to attend the same class at the same time  over 10 weeks .There is a strict attendance requirement of at least 75% . If you miss more than two 3 Hr classes for any reason you cannot pass the course.

Your class may include part-time students of all ages.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Will be through continuous assessment: weekly learning log of 400 words (25%), oral assessment including presentation of review of learning (50%), Essay 2500 words (25%). Resit: A resit is not permitted for learning logs/journals or presentation of Review of their Learning. A pass is required of each element to achieve a credit. Essay one resit attempt only allowed.

Formative Assessment

Self reflection and assessment is integral to this course and tutors take a collaborative approach to summative oral assessment. Course members are encouraged to submit their learning log/journal for feedback at any time throught the course and are required to do so after week four in order to receive formative feedback. Formal summative assessment of the the learning logs/journals will then happen when learning log/journal are submitted at the end of the course.


Weekly: A reflective learning log: will be read by tutors on weekly submission and any necessary feedback or concerns communicated to students. At the end of the course10 logs will be graded linked to the CAS and weighted at 25% of the overall course mark. Oral participation: Tutors will give individual feedback as necessary during the course. Oral participation will be graded at 50% at the end of the course. This will include assessment of the presentation to the group of the 'Review of Learning'( week 9).

Course Learning Outcomes


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