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You are welcome to contact us if you have any questions about aspects of a particular course or College activity. If you have a question about our postgraduate courses, you can email the postgraduate administration team on postgradadmin@schumachercollege.org.uk. For questions about short courses, email shortcourseadmin@schumachercolleg.org.uk

If you have a question regarding our short courses, you can email shortcourseadmin@schumachercollege.org.uk. However, there may be an answer to your question in the list below so please double check before contacting us.

I’d like to be a volunteer helper at the College – what do I do?

The College hosts a small residential volunteer team with a twin focus of taking care of our learners and the learning environment while developing volunteers’ own enquiries relating to the values and aims of the College.  Volunteers work alongside Facilities and Kitchen staff to take care of participants through the provision of sound, clean accommodation and good food.

As the College increases the proportion of food grown on site, volunteers assist the Kitchen and Garden teams with food preservation and storage, growing, harvesting and pasteurising. We encourage volunteers to be active participants in the learning community and to take opportunities to attend course sessions, talks and other activities that are open to the learning community.

The voluntary role here at the College is highly valued. It is physically demanding. Gardening is involved as well as moving of heavy objects. If you feel you may have any issues in performing any tasks or wish to discuss this in confidence please email Elizabeth. Volunteer placements are for a minimum of one month and preference is given to people who are able to commit to 3 months. You will be rota-ed for 25 hours a week, inclusive of team meetings, in exchange for food and accommodation.

Please email sarah.gray@schumachercollege.org.uk 

 

Can I work for the College in exchange for fees?

We do not have a policy of trading extra work for course fees. Routine work is shared by staff, course participants and volunteers who have already attended at least one course at the College and shown that they have the appropriate skills for such a role. We do have a limited amount of bursary support for people who are genuinely unable to afford our full fees, and some scholarship awards for certain nationalities and professional groups. 

Can you recommend a local Bed and Breakfast?

Many of the local B&Bs, hotels, inns and campgrounds can be found online by visiting the Visit Totnes website. Additionally AirBnB also will have local listings.

How do I get postgraduate credits for a short course and where can I use them?

Students may be able to take between 1-3 Postgraduate electives offered between January-April each year for Level 7 credits. Those students interested in taking an elective for credits towards a current course of study should e-mail postgradadmin@schumachercollege.org.uk to discuss further and to be guided through the application process.

Can my family come and stay whilst I am at the College?

As a Higher Education provider, running both postgraduate programmes and short courses, our accommodation is very limited. The college is not able to accommodate family members in the college.  The nature of our short course programmes tend to be intensive and creative and we recommend that participants focus on their course in order to benefit as much as possible from their time here. Students entering the UK on a Tier 4 visa will not be able to bring dependents to the UK whilst studying at the College. Many of the local B&Bs, hotels, inns and campgrounds can be found online by visiting the Visit Totnes website. Additionally AirBnB also will have local listings.

Why do your courses cost what they do?

Course fees include simple, private accommodation, freshly prepared vegetarian meals, field trips, materials and all teaching sessions unless otherwise stated. As a small independent college, Schumacher has a challenge to meet the costs of the very special and unique learning experiences we offer. Whilst we want to be accessible to as many students as possibile, we must set fees that reflect these costs.

Our bursary and scholarship fund is designed to support a wide cross section of participation on our short courses and postgraduate programmes.  The college tries to ensure financial assistance goes to those most in need and is shared amongst as many applicants as possible. 

Can I extend my stay at Schumacher College, before or after a course?

If you are here for a short course it is not possible as your accommodation is only booked for the duration of the course, ie Monday to Friday lunchtime.  If you plan to arrive earlier or later than the course dates, we recommending looking for local B&Bs, hotels, inns and campgrounds by visiting the Visit Totnes website. Additionally AirBnB also will have local listings.

If you are here as part of a postgraduate programme college accomodation is available for the first two terms of your course.  Students wishing to stay on campus for a third term, during their dissertation period, will be able to do so only if accomodation is available.  There is plenty of accomodation available in the surrounding area.

 

 

 

How long has Schumacher College been around?

Our first course, on Gaia Theory, led by James Lovelock, started on 14th January 1991.

How can I keep in touch with events at Schumacher College?

The best way to find out about them is to join our monthly newsletter from the sign-up bar at the top of this page.

Can I hire the facilities at Schumacher College?

During times when the College knows in advance it will have unused rooms, it is possible for outside groups to hire part of our facilities. Visiting groups are able to use at least one of the College teaching spaces, have access to the library and AV facilities, and use of the grounds and gardens. We can also provide teachers and facilitators and arrange bespoke courses, events and conferences. Click here to find out more

I don’t have a BA/BSc. Am I still eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Programme?

Yes. We will consider applicants without an undergraduate qualification if you are able to demonstrate a level of professional practice experience and a capacity to study at postgraduate level. We interview all applicants and are looking for motivation and commitment to your study.

Can I get a student loan to study with you?

We have applied to register with the Office of Students and are awaiting the outcome of our application. Once we are registered, students based in England will be eligible to apply for student loans. See ‘Help with Fees’ on our website for other advice on funding.

I’m an international applicant (requiring a general Tier 4 visa). Can I study part-time?

We are unable to offer part-time study to international applicants at present, due to government regulations. We hope to be able to offer part-time study before too long and will post any change to our website.

How much will it cost me to study a postgraduate programme?

Our programme tuition fees on our website. A few of our programmes (MSc Holistic Science, MA Engaged Ecologies) have £500 additional programme specific fees.
You will need to budget for travel and accommodation costs. You can find details of timetabled taught periods at Dartington on our website. You can stay onsite, full board and participating in the learning community at Dartington for £299 per week during the taught periods for your course, or you can stay offsite, nearby and commute in and out. You will need to consider whether you will have any material costs for your course.

I’m an EU applicant. How might Brexit impact on me?

We are an international higher education provider, welcoming students from around the world to share ideas and practice, and encouraging our students to explore global opportunities and horizons. We want students and staff from the European Union and beyond to know that everyone is extremely welcome here.
We appreciate that there is on-going uncertainty as a result of Brexit and will endeavour to keep this information as up-to-date as possible. The information below is correct at the time of writing on the basis of current government policy, 3 February 2020.
Brexit refers to the act of the UK leaving the European Union (EU), which was decided in a public referendum on Thursday 23 June 2016. The UK left the EU at 11pm GMT on 31 January 2020, and is now in a transitionary period of withdrawal, currently in effect until December 2020.
If there is a withdrawal agreement, you will not need a visa if you are arriving before 1 January 2021. However, you should apply for settled or pre-settled status if you would like to stay in the UK beyond 31 December 2020 (including being able to complete your course of study).
If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you and your family will be able to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021. Settled status gives you the right to live and work in the UK and gives you access to public services including medical care under the National Health Service (NHS). The deadline to apply is 30 June 2021 if a withdrawal agreement is reached or 31 December 2020 is the UK exits the EU without a deal.
More information:
UK government Brexit information: https://www.gov.uk/brexit
Office for Students: https://www.officeforstudents.org.uk/forstudents/
brexit-advice-for-students/

Do you offer bursaries and scholarships for your postgraduate programmes?

Yes. See Help with Fees on our website. Please note that we only offer partial bursaries and scholarships, the application process is competitive and there are only a few bursaries available every year. We receive a number of international students as Chevening scholars each year. See their website for details.

Can postgraduate tuition fees and accommodation and board costs be paid in instalments?

We usually take payment for full tuition fees due at the start of each academic year and accommodation and board costs are invoiced at the beginning of each term. We can, exceptionally, discuss instalment payments with you.

What is the time commitment for part-time study?

Part-time study spreads your study time over two years. The programmes have differing delivery patterns and options for part-time students. Please discuss the delivery pattern with staff.

Do I need to live in or near Dartington to do the course?

You will need to stay at or near Dartington for the timetabled taught periods for your programme.

What are the teaching dates for the postgraduate courses?

The timetabled teaching dates at Dartington vary for each programme. Please look at the dates on the programme information on our website.

What does low residency mean?

We have designed all of our programmes so that you do not have to commit to being at Dartington year-round for 5 days a week but will combine intensive periods of face-to-face teaching with supported e-learning. The programmes have differing delivery patterns:

For Holistic Science and Engaged Ecology you will study at Dartington for the first two terms of your study period.
Dissertation/Final project modules for all programmes can be studied through face to face tutorials or through online tutorials.

Can I stay onsite at Dartington outside of the timetabled taught periods if I am on a low-residency programme?

If you are an international student (on a Tier 4 visa) on a low-residency programme you can stay onsite for the first two terms if you wish. If you are a Chevening scholar we will offer you onsite accommodation for the three terms of your study. If you are studying Holistic Science or Engaged Ecologies you can stay onsite (or nearby) for the first two terms. We can only offer accommodation to other students during their timetabled taught periods.

What are the differences between MA, PGDip and PGCert?

They are all postgraduate qualifications.
PGCert is 60 credits and consists of the two Term 1 modules.
PGDip is 120 credits and consists of the four Term 1 and Term 2 modules.
An MA/MSc is 180 credits and includes all four Term 1 and Term 2 modules and the dissertation/final project module.
PGCert is full-time only. PGDip and MA/MSc can be studied full-time or part-time. You can usually take a PGCert of PGDip as credits achieved if you want to later return to study here or at another institution in the UK to ‘top up’ to an MA/MSc.

What are your library resources?

We have a relatively small collection of books and journal onsite which can be accessed in one of our beautiful reading rooms. As a student at Dartington, you will also have access to University of Plymouth’s extensive library both for remote access and for borrowing.

Will I have a studio?

If you are an MA Ecological Design Thinking student you will have access to the EcoDesign Studio during your timetabled taught periods and can book access at other times, depending on availability.