Experiential Learning

Experiential Learning is quite simply learning through experience.

This teaching philosophy recognises that not all students succeed in a classroom environment. Instead, we take students outside of the classroom for a hands-on experience that challenges them and requires the use of practical problem-solving skills to extend their learning.

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Why Choose Experiential Learning?

The lessons we take from experiential learning activities can be applied more broadly to life in general.  They form the basis of key steps in personal and social growth. The growing body of research outlines the many benefits of experiential learning which include:

Experiential learning better engages the learner, maintaining focus and motivation.

Learners are encouraged to generate learning on their own, which builds confidence and sense of ownership of their learning.

Experiential education focuses on creating a positive emotional environment which results in happier, healthier learners.

Elements of Experiential Learning Activities

Experiential learning differs slightly in its approach from other teaching methods, and considers the following programme elements as being key to successful learning:

Student Focused

Experiential learning takes into consideration the needs of individuals

Direct experience

Students get to purposefully engage in a challenging experience from which they can draw meaning.


How a student feels and reflects on a subject is valued as much as their ability.

Focus on Process

How a student arrives at an answer is as important as the answer itself.


Guided reflection and analysis after the learning experience positively impacts their decision-making ability when it comes to real-life situations.


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