Programme level approach (PLA)

A holistic approach to programme design and delivery at the University of Sheffield.

What is PLA?

PLA is about approaching academic programmes from the student perspective. It means viewing the content, structure and assessment that make up a programme more holistically so that students get the most out of their learning.

The University is prioritising this work, with a view to all departments having adopted PLA for taught programmes by the end of the current learning and teaching strategy (2021).

PLA project site (staff only)

A holistic approach to programme design

In taking a holistic approach we give students opportunities to develop the deep knowledge, broad skills, and range of attributes they need to become assured and confident graduates.

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Better and broader assessment

PLA is a chance to rationalise our approach to assessment, ensuring it is relevant, efficient and aligns with the programme learning outcomes and the Sheffield Graduate Attributes.

Find out about the Sheffield Graduate Attributes 


PLA is a University wide initiative and a UEB priority that will be implemented at departmental level.

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