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Your Guide to Writing Good Learning Outcomes

LFY is a unique scheme – we want everyone who participates to make the most of their learning and ask all applicants to consider learning outcomes for any personal development, career development or wellbeing activity they wish to embark upon. 

What is a learning outcome?

Learning outcomes are statements which describe what your learning is intended to achieve for you.

They are sometimes called learning objectives and are usually expressed in terms of what you are expected to know, understand and be able to do on completion of your learning. They might include a change in your knowledge, skill-level, attitudes, behaviours or even your values and ethics!

When completing your LFY application make sure your learning outcomes are personalised and are:

Appropriate. To your current personal goals and future plans.

Attainable.    You will mostly meet it, (with due effort of course!)

Assessable. We can see if it has been achieved.

Remember: A good learning outcome will tell the Learn for You Committee the purpose of your course/programme and what the funding is intended to achieve for you.

Some examples of Learning Outcomes:

Personal Development Learning Outcomes

Beginners Violin

By the end of my learning, I will be able to:

  • Manage the violin and bow.
  • Tune my violin.
  • Know the sound and structure of major scales.
  • Read and improvise simple tunes and rhythms.

French for beginners

By the end of my learning, I will be able to:

  • Construct sentences about myself, my job and family in French.
  • Order food and drinks, ask for directions, book accommodation in a hotel and ask for travel details.
  • Describe the current weather.

Career Development Learning Outcomes

Write a Blog

By the end of this course, I will be able to:

  • To set up an account for use throughout the course as a practice blog
  • Write my first weblog entry
  • Design my own blog using the e-blogger.
  • Upload pictures into my new log.
  • Publicise my new blog.
  • Maintain and monitor my new blog.

Introduction to Photoshop

By the end of this course, I will be able to:

  • Repair, resize, crop and retouch images.
  • Paint images using the Paintbrush, Pencil or Paint Bucket.
  • Create and manipulate multiple layers.
  • Apply blending and layer effects to create realistic composites.

Wellbeing outcomes

Positive Pscychology and Happiness

By the end of my learning, I will be able to:

  • Describe current research on what it happiness means for 21st century living.
  • Describe at least three interventions designed to enhance happiness.
  • State the tools which will help me manage my mindset
  • Reflect on the interventions that may be most appropriate to enhancing my own happiness.

Dance Classes 

By the end of my learning, I will be able to:

  • Plan a safe and effective dance routine.
  • Increase my overall levels of fitness and vitality healthily and successfully.

And now it's over to you. By the end of your learning, what will you be able to do?

  • Could you have a working knowledge of a new subject?
  • Will you have been introduced to a new concept or idea?
  • Will you have practiced a new skill which you weren't able to do before?
  • Will you have changed your attitude or feel differently about a certain subject?
  • Could you know, understand, be familiar with, appreciate, be aware of something completely new as a result of your learning?

HR will ask you to complete a Learn for You Progress Report 6 months after completing your learning where you will be asked to review your achievement of your learning outcomes. This is simply to help you reflect on how the learning has helped you in your personal or career development.

Good luck and we hope you enjoy your learning.