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.
Seize the initiative with this exciting new joint honours pathway where you can combine business enterprise and entrepreneurship skills with another subject.
- Business has been ranked in the Top 10 in The Guardian University Guide 2019
- Develop plans for a freelance career or for your own business as part of your degree
- Build enterprise skills and capabilities around a subject you feel passionate about
- Generate ideas and make them happen
- Gain practical experience through real-life assignments with real businesses
- Receive mentoring from successful entrepreneurs and business experts
- Benefit from our innovative assessment methods – with the added bonus of no exams.
Got an idea with commercial potential? Want to impress potential employers with your enterprising outlook? Think you want to develop your career as a freelance? You don’t need a dedicated business degree to get ahead: translate your vision into reality on our joint honours pathway in Business Enterprise.
Business-ready, with a twist
We’ve designed this course for ambitious go-getters from any discipline. It’s your chance to combine knowledge of a non-business subject with the entrepreneurial mindset that gives you the edge in any career, in any organisation.
You’ll gain the qualities that every employer values: creativity, flexibility, innovation and problem solving. And if you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, we can help you turn your business idea into a viable commercial proposition.
Ideas into action
We encourage you to cultivate an enterprising approach to your other Joint Honours subject so that it could form the basis of your future career.
Your focus will be on developing a freelance offering, a real-life business or a social enterprise. You’ll learn how to identify a customer need, create a product or service to satisfy that need and sell it to a target market.
We’ll introduce you to all the essentials – from marketing and finance through people organisation and strategy to developing ideas and taking action. You could even go on an optional year-long placement or an internship during the summer break to discover the realities of business life.
Learn from influential entrepreneurs
You’ll have access to mentoring support from over 50 successful local entrepreneurs who are keen to share their insights with you.
Thanks to our role at the heart of the regional business community, we have a thriving Network of Entrepreneurs. Regular networking events mean you’ll gain vital interpersonal skills while adding to your contacts book.
Real-world projects for real businesses
We have designed all our Business Enterprise modules with input from local business people, social enterprises and successful entrepreneurs. They contribute to the course in many ways – providing guest lectures, arranging industry visits and acting as sounding boards for our students’ ideas.
Some modules feature live projects set by entrepreneurs to take their business forward. You will help develop strategy, create innovations and sell products and services – all experiences which will help you shape and define your own enterprising approach.
An extra qualification for your CV
Alongside your studies, you’ll work towards an additional qualification: the Futures Award in Business Work Experience. You’ll gain credits for extra-curricular activities which strengthen your development as a business professional, including consultancy projects, volunteering, fundraising and networking. The Futures Award will add substance to your CV.
Joint Honours subject combinations
Our Joint Honours scheme gives you plenty of choice. By way of inspiration, subject combinations which might work well include:
What you will study
You can study Business Enterprise as either a joint or minor subject. This will determine how many modules you’ll study at each stage. Please check your other subject to ensure it is possible to create your chosen combination.
We aim for an inclusive learning and teaching style, with active student participation. You will learn through formal lectures, which may include guest speakers; tutor-led and student-led seminars; tutorials; work experience projects; and self-directed study.
How you are assessed
There are no exams. You’ll be assessed via coursework which can take various forms such as reports, presentations, portfolios, posters, videos, infographics and computer-based assessments.
Who you'll meet
You will be taught by an experienced and highly qualified team with outstanding contacts in the wider business community.
Programme leader is Vic Curtis has held a number of sales and marketing positions in industry before joining the University as Senior Lecturer in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship. As well as lecturing, Vic runs his own small business, so has a good appreciation of the current agenda and activity within the enterprise and small business sector.
September 2019 typical entry requirements
|UCAS points||120* (up to 16 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level|
No specific subject requirements
|Specific requirements at GCSE||GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification|
|Interview / Audition||N/A|
Alternative entry qualifications:
- BTEC - DDM
- Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at level 3 with a minimum of Dist: 15 Merit: 24 Pass: 6
For joint honours degree entry you will need to choose two subjects. The entry criteria here is for this subject only. Your offer will be based on the higher entry criteria from the two subjects you choose to do. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.
*The UCAS Points required for entry will depend on the subjects you choose to combine. The subject with the higher entry requirements will determine your offer.
Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.
Employers are looking for people who have great ideas – and can act under their own initiative. This course helps you see possibilities, think creatively, make sound business judgments and take decisive action. We’ll ensure you’re work-ready, with a can-do attitude which will take you far.
Your Business Enterprise qualification will mark you out as someone who can recognise, develop and expand business opportunities in any working environment, from start-up ventures and SMEs to multi-national companies.
If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, we also offer an exciting range of services – from incubation units to professional mentoring – to help you realise your business ambitions once you’ve graduated. Several of our former Business students have launched their own ventures which are now trading successfully.
If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.Contact us
† Additional information about your studies
Up to 8 years
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.
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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.