You will need to print and bind two copies. One copy will be returned to you the other will be kept by the college.
Title Page – Show the title of the dissertation and any sub title
The full name of the author should be in the centre of the page.
‘University Centre at Blackburn College’
‘School of Education”
Month and year of submission
The word count (of the text only, not appendices) should be typed at the bottom right hand side of the page.
Paper and Text
The dissertation must be printed or typed on A4 size paper, single sided.
The pages should be numbered consecutively at the bottom centre of the page.
The text should be in 1.5 or double line spaced in font size 12 inclusive either Ariel or Calibri.
Headings should be in same font no larger than size 14.
Quotations should be in single spacing.
Margins at the binding left hand side should be not less than 40mm. Top, bottom and side margins should be not less than 15mm.
A summary of not more than 300 words, which must fit on to one side of an A4 page, should be placed immediately after the title page. This can be typed in single spacing in a font size 12. Be concise and don’t reference or use quotes in this part.
Dedication and acknowledgements
These are at the discretion of the author.
Table of contents – An index of everything in the dissertation – it should not include the title and contents page
The table of contents must list in sequence, with page numbers: all chapters, sections and subsections; the list of references; the bibliography; list of abbreviations; and any appendices. The list of tables and illustrations (if used) must follow the table of contents, and should list, with page numbers, all the tables, photographs, coloured photocopies, diagrams, etc., in the order in which they appear in the text.
Use the following to check you have included everything in your dissertation
At the end of the whole work there should be a full bibliography. Any appendices should come after the full bibliography.
The longest chapters will be the Literature review and Methodology. The Introduction and Conclusion chapters will be short.
Chapter 1: Introduction
Establish the focus of your dissertation and why it is important to you.
Make sure that the readers of your work will be able to find the answers to these questions in Chapter 1:
If you wrote a good proposal you should be able to use this as a basis for Chapter 1.
Remember that this is the introduction to your dissertation, and not an introduction to the topic of your dissertation.
Chapter 2: Literature review
You will be rewarded for:
Chapter 3: Methodology
The Methodology chapter is used to justify the choice of methods employed during the research project.
You need to discuss the practical issues you need to resolve to ensure you are able to gather the data you require.
There is also a discussion of the theoretical nature of research itself. In other words why you chose the methods you chose to use.
General approach to your research (your research stance/philosophy)
Selection and description of methods you chose to use and why, perhaps making links to the questions you wish to answer.
Group these questions and discuss under the following headings.
Chapter 4: Results and discussion
You will be rewarded for:
Chapter 5: Conclusion
This should be a conclusion to the whole project (and not just the research findings). Check that your work answers the following questions:
Your bibliography should be set out following the appropriate format.
Appendices follow after the bibliography. These should be used for genuine purposes, for example to provide a copy of the research instrument. Appendices should not be used as a dumping ground for material that you have not managed to incorporate into the main text.
The heading should be:
• APPENDIX or Appendix, followed by a letter or number
e.g. APPENDIX A
It should be centred and in bold.
Each appendix must begin on a new page.
Appendices must be listed in the table of contents (if used).
The page number(s) of the appendix/ appendices will follow on from the body of the text.
Appendices may precede or follow the reference list.