The teaching for the course is given through lectures, a tutorial, and field trips. Assessment is by the submission of essays examining in detail particular aspects of British life. The field trips change from year to year, and in past have included Stonehenge and Salisbury cathedral, Winchester cathedral, Bath, and the HMS Victory moored in Portsmouth.
The course is taught by specialists in each of SCIO’s major academic concentrations. Students may receive credit in one of 11 disciplines by submitting work in that discipline. Part of the objective of the course is to help you understand British people (dead and alive) through an appreciation of their past and present, and so better understand this country that you are living in while on the programme.