You already know that studying by online distance learning is incredibly convenient, but you may still have some questions.

Below are some of our most frequently asked questions which you may find helpful.

If you still require further help or have additional questions, then call us on +44 (0) 1332 594000 or complete our online enquiry form on the Contact us page.

Our Career Development Loan registration number is 2869

From talking to online students, graduates and our online tutors, here’s what we think you need to succeed as an online student:

  • Self-discipline and motivation
  • Good organisational skills – so you can plan study timetables and get into a routine
  • A place where you can focus on your studies – whether it’s a spare room at home, your office at work, a coffee shop or the train – a place where you can concentrate is essential
  • A computer with internet connection
  • The ability to use a computer and the internet.
  • Experience of online forums and chat rooms is also beneficial.

Our ELCAS number is 1276

In some respects, it can be more difficult to study a programme online as you will need to be self-motivated, organised and committed to completing your studies.  Studying online gives you the flexibility to complete the course using your spare time, without the need to travel to campus or attend lectures at fixed times. 

When you take an online degree with us, you also get direct access to university-standard teaching, facilities and support. We don’t sell other people’s courses – we design and deliver our own online degrees, so you deal directly with us at all times. And because we’ve been an established educational institution since 1851, you can be confident in receiving the same high quality degree you would expect from any UK university.

If you wish to apply for RPL you will be required to complete an RPL form and return this with evidence of your experience.

For more information about RPL and how to apply please visit our credits for prior learning webpage.

If you are studying an online course, you can apply for exemptions from modules based on study you've completed at other institutions – see credits for prior learning. 

Some courses have automatic exemptions based on specific qualifications, for example: MBA Global, Accounting and Finance BA (Hons) Top-Up degree. You should check your individual online course page for details of automatic exemptions.

Yes, we have a number of payment plans. These are designed to be simple and straightforward, allowing you to spread the cost of your course. For further information, please visit our payment plans webpage. 

Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for government funded student loans or discounts. Visit our fees and finance section for more information.

Eligibility for undergraduate and postgraduate loans is dependent upon where you live. For further information, please visit the fees and finance page on our website. The Student Finance website is also a useful source of information.

Your award will be from The University of Derby and will state the name of the course that you studied – e.g. BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies. There is no reference to the mode of study on your certificate.

Please refer to the individual entry requirements for your chosen online course. If you are still unsure whether you are eligible, we strongly advise you to submit an application with all your supporting documents and a detailed CV so we can make an assessment.

Each 20 credit module is studied over a 10 week period (one trimester).

The standard rate of study is one 20 credit module per trimester and the minimum recommended number of hours of study is 20 hours a week.

Many of our programmes do offer the flexibility of being studied at an accelerated rate of two 20 credit modules per trimester with the minimum recommended number of hours of study of 40 hours a week.

We recommend however that in your first trimester of study with us that you study at a standard rate of one 20 credit module. This will enable you to get used to the online learning environment and study demands. We would also recommend that if you have a full-time job that you study at the standard rate of study.

Most of our courses are assessed by online coursework. There are some exceptions; some modules from the Health and Social Care and the Business and Management portfolio have online timed assessments. Psychology BSc (Hons) and Environmental Health MSc have a residential week on campus, which you will need to attend if you require a professionally accredited qualification. The residential week will form part of your assessment. The Advanced Materials and Additive Manufacturing MSc course is assessed through coursework with a range of methods such as design work, writing technical reports and exams.

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