With a unique block system, in which students follow modules that span a compact six week block, the Bachelor programmes allow students to enter the programmes six times a year and graduate at six possible moments per year. This flexible entry and exit system has benefitted many students from the Netherlands and around the world to study at a time and a pace that suits them best.
The block system works by a methodology of balanced cohesion over a 12 month study period for each of the three years and a vertical cohesion, of theory and knowledge to planning and understanding to strategy and implementation. Students following the three year bachelor programme are required to complete 6 blocks in each of the three phases, totaling 80 credits per phase.
In a typical block, students will follow 2 or 3 modules, as well as languages, personal development plan (PDP) and tutoring - 3 elements that span the year.
The 6 week block consists of two lesson weeks, followed by a project week, followed by another two lesson weeks, followed by an examination and assessment week. Each module is taught over 24 lesson hours, normally with two 3 hour lessons per week.
Examinations are held in the exam week, and assignments and reports generally have the last day of the exam week as deadline for assessment submission.
In the middle of each block, there is a project week. the project week is a separate part of the curriculum - students must complete 6 Phase 1 projects and 6 Phase 2 projects, totalling 12 European credits ( 1 credit per project week). The project weeks use a similar format, and are generally based around a consultancy assignment given by a local or sometimes international company or organisation.
During Phase 3 core modules are offered twice a year to ensure that students can easily follow their 3 month work placement at either the start of the end of the year, catch up incomplete modules, and have as little chance as possible of a graduation delay!