What is Joint Honours?
A Joint Honours degree gives you the opportunity to study two subjects as one degree. This type of degree will broaden your skill set and enhance your career prospects.
You can combine any two subjects as long as they’re in different zones, find out what you can combine this subject with.
Please note this course is no longer accepting applications for 2018 entry.
- If you want to start studying again after some time away, this course may be ideal for you
- You'll have the chance to develop your study skills to prepare you for undergraduate study
- Our tutors are supportive and encouraging, and will help you achieve your career aspirations
- You'll be able to work on your Maths and English skills
- You can choose up to five subjects to study to prepare for your degree
During this course you'll explore a range of subjects and get back into the swing of studying again.
As well as improving your language and numeracy skills you'll develop your confidence in writing essays and reports, undertaking research, analysing numbers, doing presentations, managing your time and working as part of a team.
Throughout this course you'll be able to use the library, which has a large collection of books and journals, as well as different areas for group work and individual study. There is also plenty of IT equipment for use.
You'll study these subjects:
- Study skills
You'll then choose a total of three further subjects from:
- Biology (double module - counts as two)
- Environmental Studies
- Physics* (double module - counts as two)
*In order to study Physics or Maths at level 3 you MUST already hold GCSE Maths at C or above.
You'll be taught through lectures, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions.
How you will be assessed
You'll be assessed in a variety of ways, including presentations, reports, essays and case studies.
There are no formal entry requirements, however, you will need to demonstrate a commitment and ability to study at this level, and take a literacy test before we can offer you a place. GCSE Maths and English are preferred for entry to the course but level 2 English and Maths can be studied alongside your course. If you undertake L3 Physics or Maths as part of your course you are required to have achieved GCSE Maths Grade C or above prior to you starting your studies.
The course is not appropriate for students who wish to study at other universities, or who wish to progress onto specialist degrees such as Nursing, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Bachelor of Education (QTS) or programmes which use selection methods such as interviews, portfolios or assessment days.
You'll be able to move on to a Joint Honours degree once you've successfully completed the Foundation Programme or choose from many other degrees that the University offers.
† Additional information about your studies
1 year on the foundation programme, and a further 3 years on your chosen degree.
You will typically study your two subjects equally at stage one, before choosing whether you want to major in one subject at stages two and three.
Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.
Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.