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Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years, Part-time: Up to 6 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

112* (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code

Y002

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

Joint Honours

Start date

September

Location

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

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.

Course description

Top25for Education**The Guardian University Guide 2020

Combining Education Studies with another subject will help set you apart as a versatile, confident and forward-thinking graduate – with the broad-ranging skills and knowledge which appeal to potential employers. 

Education Studies is all about understanding how people develop and learn throughout their lives. It’s a fascinating and challenging subject which will open up multiple career directions for you.

Deepen your understanding

We encourage you to consider different aspects of education and where and how it happens – from early years, primary and secondary education to higher education and lifelong learning. You’ll look at educational processes, systems and approaches while exploring psychological, social, cultural, political and historical contexts.

Overall you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the aims of education and its role within society. The course examines how education theory relates to policies and practices, including Government policies. We also consider education from a student perspective, including motivation, learners’ differing needs and learner behaviour.

Expertise to inspire you

Our course is delivered by a supportive and committed teaching team. You’ll be inspired by highly skilled practitioners from a range of backgrounds including primary, secondary and further education teaching, social work, nursery management, health visiting, social services, law, tourism and ICT. It makes for a rich and varied programme offering wide-ranging knowledge and expertise.  

The team includes influential researchers and published authors whose work is shaping the debate about the future of education. They conduct research spanning everything from cultural diversity to online learning, inclusive practice to the role of pastoral care in education.

A vibrant learning experience

We pride ourselves on offering a friendly, welcoming learning environment where you will receive plenty of encouragement and guidance. Tutors are approachable, dedicated and passionate about their subjects.

Our Kirtley Building offers first-rate facilities for our Education students, including specially designed collaborative learning spaces and a large hall for practical activities and observing learning in action.

What you will study

Example modules are shown below, the modules available as a Joint Honours student will be dependent on the subject that you combine with. In your first year, modules will be defined for you, and will be dependent on your subject combination to ensure you have the best fit. In your second and third years, module availability and the number of modules you are required to take will depend on whether you choose this subject as a major, joint or minor.

Year 1Year 1Year 2Year 2Year 3Year 3

Code: 4ED501

Introduction to Comparative Education

This module offers an opportunity for you to become informed about educational practice in more than one country. This will involve analysing and comparing a specific feature of education provision in the UK with comparable provision in a European context.

In particular, students will consider education structures and provision in selected countries of Europe. We understand Europe to include New Europe, as well as the traditional countries.

This module provides students with information about the University’s exchange programme in Europe and encourages students to explore the possibility of undertaking an exchange visit in year two.

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20 Credits
core
Practical
Coursework

Code: 4ED513

Philosophy of Education

The module will serve as an introduction to philosophy generally, and as an introduction to the philosophy of education in particular. The aim of the module is to provide students of education with foundational knowledge and range of approaches that can be applied to their field.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4ED514

Another Brick in the Wall: An Introduction to the Sociology of Education

This module is an introduction to the sociology of education, focusing on key concepts such as class, gender, race, and religion. These concepts are located in the framework of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to provide a contemporary and global context for students’ understanding of the challenges of inequality within the education system. The module develops students’ ability to rigorously evaluate a range of sociological theories and understand how the application of theory can support understanding of inequality in education.

This module provides a general introduction to the sociological perspective in education, and homes specifically on issues of inequity. It places these within a global context using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, in order to locate educational inequality in a framework of global citizenship. Theoretical perspectives include functionalism, conflict theory, social interactionism, feminism, and critical race theory.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4ED515

Community Project

The module will allow students to explore the varied contexts in which education is delivered. Students will be encouraged to investigate education outside the traditional classroom, at local, national and international levels. Social pedagogy, the dynamic nature of theory and the importance of critical reflection will be emphasised in relation to the context of education in a challenging cultural, social, political and economic climate. The module has an innovative approach to assessment in that it offers students a choice of a theoretical or a practical assignment.

Students will explore the role of education in the community and the notion of civic engagement; taught sessions will cover themes such as social pedagogy, alternative provision, refugee education and global citizenship education. Each week students will contribute to a dynamic online outline of provision they have discovered locally. Students will have the opportunity to explore Derby as a City of Sanctuary and not only identify provision associated with this, but also become involved with a project in the community.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4ED516

Education Through the Ages

A quality introduction to the history of education will help students to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of the history of education in Britain and that of the wider world. The aim is to inspire students’ curiosity to know more about the past and to provide the foundations for studying history of education at level 5 and 6. The module will equip students to ask perceptive questions, to think critically and to start weighing evidence.

This module will provide students with the basic knowledge and chronological understanding of the history of education in Britain and that of the wider world where applicable. The module will encourage students to explore the rational for studying history of education and will invite students to gain an understanding of methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4ED517

Teaching, Thinking and Reasoning

This module will be concerned with the contribution of psychology on the field of thinking and reasoning in human development. It will explore psychological frameworks and scientific research to examine our current understanding and influences on the teaching and learning of thinking and reasoning.

The aim of this module will be to explore the relationship between different psychological traditions, and explain how thinking and reasoning occurs and develops. The impact of psychological theories and research (such as, from cognitive psychology, cognitive science, cognitive neuroscience; developmental, social, and clinical psychology; philosophy, artificial intelligence, linguistics, and education) on the teaching and learning of thinking and reasoning will be investigated.

This module discusses the purpose of education, and it extends its inquiry into how the brain learns and processes information. It profiles several theories that have affected educational practice, including Dewey, Montessori, Piaget, Vygotsky, Feuerstein, Costa, Gardner, Sternberg, Perkins, Diamond, Pinker, Goleman, and Coles.

 

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5ED502

Education in Context: a reflection

The placement (12 days/72 hours) aims to offer you an opportunity to develop an appreciation of an educational setting and the working practices of professionals who work in the education sector. You will also begin to reflect on your own professional identity and profile in context.

This module will allow you the prospect of reflecting on theories studied throughout your programme, the application of these theories and policies in a practical setting. You will have the chance to develop the transferable skills of professionalism, communication, time management, organisation, and interpersonal relations.

During this module you will have the opportunity to think critically about your placement context and to explore educational topics relating to that setting. These key questions will help you develop and refine your own philosophy of education and inform your own career pathway.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5ED532

Research Methods in Education

This module will provide you with the knowledge, skills and understanding to undertake your level 6 Educational Independent Study. Drawing on qualitative and quantitative approaches to educational research enquiry, this module will enable you to examine and critique the theoretical and practical process of educational research design from developing an understanding of both qualitative and quantitative research methodological approaches, to consideration of research ethics, access, sample and limitation.

Additionally, you will be introduced to a selection of research methods for data collection, and mechanisms for analysis of such data with an emphasis on qualitative research methods but also looking at quantitative and theoretical research.

The module will consider the elements required to construct and design a research project within the field of educational inquiry. The module will be informed by key educational research. 

Drawing on a range of research methodology literature, students will be invited to consider the value, purpose and rationale for research for educational studies, particularly what make educational research distinctive. Students will be encouraged to think about the philosophical position from which educational research is undertaken, considering quantitative and qualitative methodological approaches. 

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5ED503

Educational Alternatives

This module explores the influence of a range of historical and philosophical perspectives on education and considers ways in which the promulgation of alternative approaches to education has influenced curriculum options and choices. You will be introduced to different approaches to education drawing on the work of a range of philosophers.
20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 5ED510

Specific Learning Needs

The umbrella term Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) is used to cover a wide range of categorical terms which are applied to learners and which signal the diversity of the learner population.

This module will provide you with an opportunity to develop an informed understanding of, and insight into different perspectives on the specificity, origin, identification, consequences and educational response surrounding specific learning difficulties with specific reference to creating an inclusive classroom.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5ED516

An Introduction to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

This module is for students who are interested in developing an understanding of the practice of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

It will explore the basics of language acquisition theory and popular methodology while inviting students to practise the methods, procedures and techniques used in the language classroom. Students will also develop an awareness of the English language and aspects of grammar, lexis and phonology.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5ED529

Is it all just words? Language, Society and Education

This module focuses on key concepts surrounding language, society and education. Students will develop their understanding of concepts such as first language development, literacy, multilingualism, educational discourse, and classroom language. A range of sociological theories will be used to generate ideas around the power of language in education, and to analyse the effects of language on the outcomes of education.

This module begins with an introduction to language in education and the key skill of critical observation. A range of perspectives on language in education are then examined, including literacy inequalities, first language development, multilingualism and education language policy. Sociological theories such as Marxism, Black Radicalism and functionalism are employed to evaluate and analyse the impact of language in educational experience.

The second half of the module includes an introduction to sociolinguistics, drawing upon sociological theories such as post-structuralism, social interactionism and structuration theory. This provides the theoretical framework for an examination of issues such as how language is used in the classroom, in educational discourse, and in social constructions of identity.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5ED530

Lessons from History of Education

This module will explore lessons that can be drawn from the history of education. The module will focus on critical accounts relating to specific historical aspects and it will help students to understand the specific circumstances and agendas that shaped today’s education, the processes of change, the diversity of educational provisions and relationships between different stakeholders as well as their own educational experiences and challenges the education sector faces today.

The module will equip students to ask perceptive questions, to think critically, to weigh evidence, to sift arguments and to develop perspectives.

This module will explore particular aspects in the history of education to help students understand the specific circumstances and agendas that shaped today’s education. By exploring the complexity of human events, including the co-existence of continuities and changes, students will gain in-depth knowledge and understanding of the origins of the challenges the education sector faces today. Students will be encouraged to refer to the past to develop perspectives and judgement on present concerns in education.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5ED531

Motivation and Achievement

This module will explore a variety of contemporary theories relating to motivation and achievement such as expectancy value and attributional theory, with the goal of identifying strategies to make learning more rewarding and inclusive. The module will also convey the importance of considering internal and external influences such as, the personal attributes of learners, educational institutions/ organisations, and technology in motivating and engaging learners.

Implications of the different factors influencing motivation and achievement will be explored through understanding the needs of people in and outside the learning environment, and evaluating existing systems to ensure they serve the intended purpose. There will be a range of teaching and learning methods employed throughout the module including: lectures, seminar activities, case studies, individual and group work, tutorials and independent study.

 

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6ED538

Independent Study in Education

The Educational Independent Study module is a two-semester project in which students pursue independent research on a question or problem of their choice, engage with the scholarly debates in the relevant disciplines and, with the guidance of their supervisor, produce a substantial product of 10,000 words (or the equivalent) that reflects a deep understanding of the topic.

The ‘product’ or ‘project’ option of the Independent Study provides students with an opportunity to engage in community/practical work and to meet the learning outcomes of the module via a more practical and/or creative route. The module carries 40 credits.

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40 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6ED513

SEND in Context

This module aims to develop further the ideas raised in the module the Changing Role of the SEND Practitioner and to offer you the opportunity to develop your understanding of not only the role of the SEND specialist and support professionals in a specific setting, but also to examine how the setting supports children, young people or adults in relation to one of your optional modules.

You will be able to critically reflect on the challenges faced by SEND practitioners and how the specific needs of a heterogeneous group of individuals are met in a particular context such as Education, Health or Social Care. You will be supported to identify aspects to reflect upon in current and relevant developments in theory and practice.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6ED522

Diversity in Social Emotional and Behavioural Development

It is essential that professionals understand developmental diversities. Understanding the needs and the developmental processes of humans is the foundation to an awareness of how developmental diversity impacts upon the individual.

You will further examine how theories of development can be related to social, emotional and behavioural diversity and difficulties which might arise. The module further develops perspectives underpinning such diversity and their potential in understanding the nature of SEBD, its potential antecedents, and interventions to meet the needs of children, young people and adults.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6ED526

Linguistics for TESOL

Human language is a complex system of sounds and meanings which enables us to communicate with each other and express our thoughts and feelings.

This module is for students who are interested in developing their knowledge and understanding of the English language for effective teaching practice. It will explore the basics of linguistics while taking into consideration regional and social variations of the English language. Through the study of the language and by analysing spoken and written texts as well as semiotics, you will have a greater understanding of the needs of those learning English in a variety of contexts.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6ED527

Principles and Practices of TESOL 1

This module is for students who are interested in developing an understanding of the principles and practices of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. It will explore the politics of English today and consider the varieties of English that exist across the globe.

It is within this context that students will discover how both individuals and groups learn English through examining second language acquisition theory building on what they have learned in Stage 2. Students will also develop an understanding of what motivates individuals to learn English and how the teacher can encourage autonomous and independent learning in both young language learners and adults.

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20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 6ED528

Principles and Practices of TESOL 2

This module is for students who are interested in developing an understanding of the principles and practices of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). It will explore popular teaching methodology and approaches in TESOL today and consider the advantages and disadvantages of being a native speaker of English teaching English versus a non-native English teacher.

This module is designed to build upon what they have learned in Stage 2 and also in the module Principles and Practices of TESOL 1 enabling students to begin building their own philosophy of teaching and learning. Linked to this, students will also develop an understanding of the concept of professionalism in the field of TESOL.

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20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 6ED537

‘Entrepreneurial’ Education

The level 6 philosophy module returns to examining education in a wider context than schooling. This module introduces students to key educational philosophers who critique and challenge the structure of education, particularly around operations of power. This module uses philosophical ideas and approaches to think carefully and critically around forms of education and knowledge production and revisits the question ‘what is the purpose of education?’

Students will be encouraged to apply and critically discuss philosophical approaches and identify how current professional practice either maintains or develops the identified themes, and how these may be negated or emphasized. Students are offered the chance to shape the module for themselves in terms of its content, structure and assessment requirements.

The module asks whether the business of education is no longer concerned with asking if knowledge and knowledge production ‘is true’ and has shifted to asking, ‘what use it is?’, ‘is it efficient?’ and ‘is it sellable? Students are introduced to philosophical perspectives that discuss the rise of ‘improvement’ agendas, instrumentalism, performativity, governmentality and the role of students as consumers. In keeping with the spirit of the module, this module will be co-produced with the students who are offered the chance to shape the module for themselves in terms of its content, structure and assessment requirements.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6ED539

Left Behind and Left out: Social Exclusion and Education

This module focuses on the role of education in mediating social exclusion. Students will draw on theoretical explanations of social exclusion to develop their understanding of the underlying social processes that contribute to social exclusion. Students will critically examine how education policies and practices can perpetuate and exacerbate social exclusion either purposefully or indirectly, or whether such strategies can act to reduce and alleviate social exclusion.

This module builds upon knowledge of the sociology of education and introduces social policy, specifically the concept of social exclusion. In society, as in education, what constitutes a socially-excluded group shifts over time, and this flux in perception of who is included and excluded is critically evaluated using key theories. Of particular focus are the strategies, policy and practices enacted in relation to the groups in education, and to what extent they ameliorate or reinforce the exclusion. Through dialogue and discussion, a critical understanding is reached of the strategies, policies and practices. The module concludes by examining the specific effects of such interventions on the academic achievement of socially excluded groups.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6ED540

The Future of Education

This module will use history, the study of the past, to develop a vision for the future. After having studied the building blocks of modern British education at level 4 and 5 student will now be encouraged to examine current issues in education policy and practice through exploring the past to develop a vision for the future.

Students will be expected to use a range of evidence to formulate appropriate and justified ways forward and potential changes in practice. The module will equip students to ask perceptive questions, to think critically, to weigh evidence, to sift arguments and to develop perspectives and judgement.

This module will build on the knowledge, skills and understanding developed in previously studied modules in history of education. The module will be explore the role history can play in formulating educational ideas and policy agendas to transform practice. Students will be encouraged to refer to the past to develop perspectives and judgement on present concerns in education and to apply lessons learned to current policy and practice conversations.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6ED541

The Science of Learning and the Art of Teaching

This module will focus on scientific research to examine concepts of teaching and learning. Students will be asked to consider several questions such as, how does learning occur? How should educators design teaching to optimise learning opportunities and develop the skills that are crucial for young people to thrive in a changing world? Finally, the module will conclude with the question of, how can we translate an ambition to enhance teaching and learning on the ground and in classrooms?

Various activities will examine brain-based learning and brain-targeted teaching while exploring strategies for teaching, assessment, and learner engagement using a variety of artefacts.

This module focuses on the theory and science of learning, including Brain-Based Learning (BBL), Brain-Targeted Teaching (BTT), neuromyths, and the pedagogy of teaching. It begins by exploring the anatomy of the brain (structure and functions of the brain) and the impact of the environment and self-belief on it.

It explores different theories and research findings on brain activity to explore, classify, and explain humans learning processes. It considers the opportunities and challenges of adopting brain-based approaches to education. After that, it investigates various factors that could affect the brain’s development such as, brain injuries, exercising during school break time, information technology (smartphones and video recording), learning from television, learning handwriting at school, taking part in the Reading Acceleration Programme (RAP), mindfulness training, visually engaging versus watching physical activities, testing. Finally, the module concludes with a section on the future directions of neuroscience in education.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

You'll be taught in a range of ways, including lectures with interactive seminar activities and tutorials. These are aimed to support you in your assessments. During stage three, you'll have more opportunities to learn independently, while still having the support of the tutorials.

How you're assessed

There are no exams. You'll be assessed through essays, presentations, portfolios, reports, and case study analysis.

Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112* (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

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.

September 2021 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112*
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

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.

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Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

£1,155 per 20 credit module

International

£14,045 per year

N/A

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Careers

The benefits of a Joint Honours degree are that you can keep your options open, extend your career scope and build a flexible set of skills. It marks you out to potential employers as adaptable, versatile and well organised.

You can look forward to career opportunities in fields relating to education, social care, health care, careers and guidance, and the voluntary sector. You could also take your skills and knowledge to the next level with postgraduate study.

If you want to become a teacher when you’ve completed your course, you could apply to study our PGCE Primary. Alternatively you could choose our PGCE Post-14 (Education and Training)  if you’re interested in teaching in the lifelong learning sector.

 

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Additional information about your studies

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.

Teaching hours

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.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2020 - August 2021 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.

Included in your fees

Depending on our Joint Honours course combination, you will be entitled to approximately 50% of the following:

Mandatory costs not included in your fees

Optional costs not included in your fees

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.

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