Combined Studies programme
List of Contents
1. The Combined Studies Programme: Introduction p.1
2. Students for whom the CSP is designed p. 1
3. Aims and Learning Outcomes p.1
3.1 The overall aims of the Combined Subject Programme
3.2 The overall learning outcomes of of the Combined Subject
4. Credit Accumulation p.4
4.1 Modules and credit
4.2 Accredited Prior Learning
4.3 Module types
5. Programme Structure of the CSP p.6
6. Named Awards p.6
7. Registering for the Award p.7
8. The Academic Timetable p.8
8.2 Published Timetables
8.3 Weekly Study Commitments
8.4 On-line Learning
9. Admissions p.9
10. Academic Advice on Programme p.10
10.1. Guidance at Programme level
10.2. Guidance at Subject level
10.3. Programme Advisory Service
11. Personal Advice and Welfare p.12
12. Personal Development Planning p.12
13. Assessment p.13
14. Facilities p.15
15. The Joint Honours Scheme Handbook p.16
16. Help! P.17
1. The Combined Studies Programme: Introduction
The Combined Studies Programme is the most flexible of all the taught degree programmes offered
by the University of Derby. It provides the opportunity for students to develop individually negotiated
programmes of study based on modules drawn from across the University provision leading to
Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts in Combined Studies (with the interim awards of
Certificate of HE in Combined Studies and Diploma of HE in Combined Studies). One of its main
aims is to maximise opportunities for students who may have difficulties, because of work or other
personal commitments, in following a more conventionally structured programme. In this respects it
is particularly suited to part-time students, but it is also available on a full-time basis.
As the name implies, it is open to students to select modules from different programmes/subjects in
ways that best meet their individual needs and interests. These modules in turn will lead to the
accumulation of credits required for an award. This gives individual students considerable
autonomy in putting together a programme of modules which make sense to them, and which
provides an opportunity to devise a course of study which transcends conventional disciplinary
This emphasis on flexibility and student choice is the starting point of the Combined Studies
Programme, but it is important to note that it is not a complete free-for-all. As part of your admission
to the programme you will be required to draw up a Learning Plan which justifies your intended
course of study in terms both of your academic background and your future career aspirations.
This plan has to be counter-signed by the CSP Programme Leader or a Senior Academic
Counsellor. A copy of the plan is included in Appendix A, along with the selection form you will need
to complete at each stage of enrolment. Moreover, choice will not be completely open because, of
necessity, it will be conditioned by student preparedness to take a specific module, and by the
advice offered by the subjects concerned.
The other students that you meet in the modules may be registered for the same award as yourself,
or they may be registered for the Joint Honours Scheme or perhaps a Single Honours Programme.
They may be part-time or full-time.
2. Students for whom the CSP is designed
2.1. Students who are seeking a programme of study that is highly flexible in terms of curricular
content, and through which they can receive a broad educational experience at degree
2.2. Students who are not ready to commit to a particular subject(s) at the outset and wish to
explore different disciplines before making a commitment (and transferring to the
2.3. Students who wish to study for a degree, in part, in the evenings or for other reasons, are
unable to access the range of modules necessary to achieve the specific credit
requirements of a named award. (Note: Because of limited module provision it is highly
unlikely that you will be able to fulfil CSP credit requirements by evening study only. Please
check with the Programme Leader).
2.4 Students who had previously embarked on a Single or Joint Honours Programme (at Derby
or elsewhere) but have found the programme/subject specific credit requirements too
restrictive, and are therefore seeking a transfer to a more open structure.
3. Aims and Learning Outcomes
3.1. Overall aims
The following generic aims apply to the Combined Studies Programme as a whole, regardless of
the individualized Learning Plans students are following:
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To provide the infrastructure through which credit bearing programmes can be designed
and approved in a timely manner to meet employers training and development needs
To enable the focus of curriculum application to shift balance from the supplier (programme
teams) to students and/or employers in the spirit of independent learning within the
university in accordance with University of Derby academic regulations
To enable students to negotiate a personal learning pathway that reflects individual needs,
circumstances and desired outcomes;
To ensure that all individual programmes contain, and require, a strong element of
To provide manageable flexibility in the pace and direction of study to accommodate
individual needs and circumstances, commensurate with efficiency, achievement and
progression expectations within the University.
3.2 Overall learning outcomes
The generic outcomes below apply to all Combined Subject Learning Plans irrespective of the area
of professional personal development or field of study. For the award of Bachelor the main focus of
study would generally be in the area of art and design, the arts and humanities and areas of social
or business studies Where the main focus of study falls within the subject areas of technology,
science or mathematics and their applications then the designation Bachelor of Science would
normally be used (see section Credit Framework For All Taught Programmes; Programmes) of the
Rights, Responsibilities and Regulations- http://www.derby.ac.uk/files/3rs_2011-12.pdf
It is recognised that for some students the focus of study may not neatly fit into the category of Art
or Science. In all cases the decision for the designation of a degree as being science or art is a
function of the Programme Approvals Group (PAG) who will base their decision on the presented
learning plan which must include a rationale for the proposed award designation.
Students on the Combined Studies Programme would normally achieve these overall learning
outcomes by following a programme of study by combining pre-validated modules available from
across the university provision.
3.2.1. Learning Outcomes Level 4
For the award of Certificate of Higher Education students must be able to:
Display knowledge and understanding of the key principles and concepts relevant to own
area of personal development or field of study
Utilise personal, professional or formal knowledge to develop a broad understanding of their
field of study or area of professional practice
Reflect on own skills and competencies within their field of study or area of professional
discipline to identify areas for personal and professional development
Demonstrate the ability to plan and manage their own learning
Solve problems by applying and adapting underlying theories and concepts to new or
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Present, evaluate and interpret qualitative and quantitative data in order to develop lines of
Express ideas in a coherent well structured manner and evaluate key theories and concepts
to present informed judgements
Select and evaluate information from a range of sources in order to support arguments and
to formulate own ideas
Plan and implement projects designed to develop an increased understanding of an area of
professional development or field of study
Display the ability to work effectively in teams and where appropriate collaborate with
3.2.2 Learning Outcomes Level 5
For the award of Diploma in Higher Education or a Foundation degree, students must be able
Display knowledge and critical understanding of the key principles and concepts relevant to
own area of professional development or field of study, and the way in which these
principles have developed
Apply underlying concept and principles outside the context in which they were first studied,
including, where appropriate, the application to work-place situations.
Utilise personal, professional or formal knowledge to develop a broad understanding of their
field of study or area of professional practice
Critically reflect on own skills and competencies within their field of study or area of
professional development to identify areas for personal and/or professional development
Analyse and evaluate information, from a variety of sources and identify relationships and
patterns to make informed judgements
Clearly communicate arguments, ideas and theoretical concepts in a form that is relevant to
the intended audience
Critically evaluate current body of knowledge, and understand its limits and interpret both
qualitative and quantitative data
Utilise ICT to support learning and professional development
3.2.3 Learning Outcomes Level 6
For the award of the Bachelor’s degree with honours student must be able to:
Display a systematic understanding of key aspects of their field of study or are of
professional development including the acquisition of coherent and detailed knowledge, at
least some of which is at or informed by, the forefront of a defined area of professional
practice or field of study
Utilise personal, professional or formal knowledge to develop an in-depth understanding of
their field of study or area of professional practice
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Critically reflect on own skills and competencies within their field of study or area of
professional development and negotiate a learning pathway that meets personal and/or
professional development needs
Work autonomously and accept accountability for determining and achieving personal
and/or group outcomes
Design and implement methodologically sound investigative procedures to gather
information about an area of professional practice or academic discipline
Use evaluative skills to develop theoretical models and practical solutions in situations
where there are contradictions in theories or gaps in knowledge
Gather evidence from an appropriate range of sources, and the ability to critically evaluate
4 Credit Accumulation
4.1. Modules and credits
Individual course units are known as modules because they are interchangeable. This
characteristic gives flexibility in the design of individual programmes taken by students. When you
complete a module successfully, you earn academic credit which is always specified in terms of
the number of credits and the level of the credits. The number of credits reflects the magnitude of
the module in terms of the notional learning hours; the level of the credits denotes the relative
academic demand or rigour placed upon you by the module.
The number and level of credits associated with individual modules define the credit value of the
module. Each credit awarded reflects 10 hours of successful learning. The majority of modules are
standard modules which involve 200 learning hours and carry twenty credits. The credits earned
are accumulated until you have sufficient to qualify for an award. Once the credits have been
earned they cannot be taken away. The pace at which you take your programme and therefore,
earn your credits, is up to you.
4.2. Accredited Prior Learning ( APL)
The University has a well-developed procedure for recognising prior learning, whether it be
certificated (APL) or experiential (APEL). Accreditation of this learning may allow you to partially
fulfil the CSP credit requirements outlined in 4.1. If you have previous qualifications, or significant
work experience which you think may be convertible into academic credit, please make sure you
discuss them with the relevant adviser on point of entry to the CSP, so that they can be
incorporated into your Learning Plan and your Module Selection Form.
The Lifelong Learning Scheme operates fully within the University’s policies and procedures for the
recognition of prior learning. Claims for APL will not be permitted to exceed 50% [one-half] of the
credit required for successful completion of each stage leading to a University undergraduate
award. APL claims exceeding the stated maximum for each stage (excluding the final stage) are
permitted but with the proviso that students will not be eligible for the stage award. For example, a
student enrolled on the Combined Studies degree who is awarded 80 credits at level 4 via an APL
claim would not be eligible for an exit award of CertHE as the maximum 60 credits has been
Guidance will be given on the process for claiming APL which will include an outline of the
administrative procedures, the sources of guidance available to students, the evidence required for
the award of credit, along with the criteria for assessment and mechanism for feedback of the
outcomes of claims to students.
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4.3. Module types
In terms of which modules you choose as part of your programme it is important to be aware of pre-
requisites and co-requisites.
Pre-requisite designation is the means by which students are guided through the themes or lines of
progression within a programme. The term can be used to offer guidance that can range from
advice on the sensible sequence in which modules should be taken, to the situation where it would
be impossible to succeed in a module without having previously acquired the knowledge or
competencies developed in the pre-requisite. For this reason, in some circumstances, pre-
requisites may be designated mandatory.
A pre-requisite module provides background information or some other form of specific
preparation for the study of another named module.
The purpose served by a pre-requisite will be explained in the descriptor of the module
itself, and its pre-requisite, to alert you to its significance.
All students are expected to take the pre-requisite prior to engaging with the module that
has named it as a requirement, and the level of preparation provided by the pre-
requisite will be assumed.
Mandatory pre-requisite guidelines:
A mandatory pre-requisite develops an understanding, skill or competence that is
indispensable for the study of another named module.
If a pre-requisite is made mandatory, it indicates that it would be impossible to succeed
in the other named module, without having the understanding, skill or competence
developed in the pre-requisite.
You must, therefore have achieved the learning outcomes in a mandatory pre-requisite
before attempting the module which demands that level of preparation.
Co-requisite modules are modules which should be taken together i.e. normally in the same stage
of the programme.
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5. Programme Structure
The programme leading to the Honours Degree award is divided into three stages.
The stages, credit values and awards (Table 1):
Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3
Certificate of Higher Diploma of Higher B.A./B.Sc. Honours
Education Education degree
Credit level Level 4 mainly Level 5 mainly Level 6
Number of 120, at Level 4 and 240 credits at Level 4 & 360 credits at Levels 4,
credits above 5 (at least 100 credits 5, & 6 (at least 100
must be at level 5 or credits must be at
above). Level 5 and at least
100 credits must be at
Level 6). NB: 100 level
6 credits must be in
modules graded D- or
Certificate of Higher Diploma of Higher BA/BSc Honours
Award Education Education Degree
As you can see from Table 1, you normally take a programme leading to the award of 120 credits in
each stage. This amounts to six standard modules or the equivalent. The precise credit
requirements are specified in the assessment regulations which you will find in the Joint Honours
Scheme Handbook or at Rights, Responsibilities and Regulations-
6. Named Awards
Awards achieved through the Combined Studies Programme are conferred in recognition of
attainment of the University General Credit requirements for an award. The titles are not linked to
any particular programme or subject.
Certificate of Higher Education in Combined Studies
Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Studies
Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Combined Studies
Bachelor of Arts with Honours or Bachelor of Science with Honours in Combined Studies
For the award of Bachelor of Arts the main focus of study would generally be in the area of art and
design, the arts and humanities and areas of social or business studies Where
the main focus of study falls within the subject areas of technology, science or mathematics and
their applications then the designation Bachelor of Science would normally be
used (see section Credit Framework For All Taught Programmes; Programmes in Rights,
Responsibilities and Regulations- http://www.derby.ac.uk/files/3rs_2011-12.pdf)
It is recognised that for some students the focus of study may not neatly fit into the category of Art
or Science, this being particularly so for negotiated work –based learning, which is often
transdisciplinary in nature. In all cases the decision for the designation of a degree as being
science or art is a function of the Programme Approvals Group (PAG) who will base their decision
on the presented learning plan which must include a rationale for the proposed award designation.
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7. Registering for the Award
All students are required to enrol for the CSP prior to the commencement of study ( but see
Associate Student status in 8.4. below) on either a part-time or full-time basis.
7.1.1 Part-time students are normally expected to accumulate at least 40 credits in an academic
year. The maximum number of credits which a part-time student can accumulate in an
academic year is 80.
7.2.2 Full-time students must enrol for a programme of study that enables them to complete the
Stage for which they are registering in an academic year. Their programme of study must
normally be made up of 120 credits.
7.2. Length of time to complete an honours programme
This depends on the number of modules that you take in each semester. Full-time students
normally take three modules (60 credits) in each semester and complete the three stages leading
to honours in three years. Part-time can take up to two modules (40 credits) in each semester. If,
as a part-time student, you take two modules (40 credits) in each main semester, then you will
complete the three stages in 9 semesters ( four and a half years). It is important to discuss the pace
of study with the Programme Leader or an Academic Counsellor, but the choice is largely yours.
7.3. Time limit for the period of registration
There is a time limit for the period of registration. However, the period of registration is
negotiable.The Registration Period is defined as the normal duration of the programme plus two
years. The normal period of registration for full-time students is three years, and for part-time
students six years. It is only possible to obtain an extension, if there are exceptional personal
circumstances which apply in your case.
7.4. Associate Student Status
If you decide to enrol for a programme of modules, but not to register for an award, then you can
become an Associate Student of the University. A wide range of individual modules from across the
University's provision are available as Short Courses, which you may wish to use either to fulfil a
specific interest or acquire a specific skill. Associate Students are free to enrol for one or more
modules in each semester and they can choose whether or not they wish to take the assessment. If
an Associate Student elects to take module assessment, then (s)he is given academic credit on
successful completion of the modules. This credit can then be transferred to the CSP if, at a later
date, you decide to register for a CSP award.
However, if there is a possibility of registration, it is strongly advisable to obtain academic advice at
the outset and to register before the accumulated credit exceeds 60 credits. This is to help you plan
your programme of study most effectively, and to assist in drawing up the Learning Plan, which you
will need to complete before transferring to CSP. You will also need to ensure that you take any
pre-requisite modules which may be necessary for modules you aim to take at the next level.
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8. The Academic Timetable
Semesters are the time periods in which standard modules are delivered. There are two main
semesters for undergraduate programmes: the Autumn Semester and the Spring Semester. The
Autumn Semester starts in mid-September and finishes in mid-January; the Spring Semester starts
in late January and finishes in early June. Standard modules are usually taken in a single semester.
Usually they involve a regular class each week, but there are a few modules which include field
study involving a short block period of up to one week. This is usually made clear in the module
Following enrolment in the first week of a semester there are 12 weeks for the module classes,
some time for revision and finally two weeks for examinations. There are, therefore, about 16
weeks in each semester. The examinations for the Autumn Semester modules are held in early
January, and for Spring Semester modules in May/early June.
8. 2 Published Academic Timetables
The timetable slots for all modules taught as part of the Joint Honours Programme, (and therefore
available to CSP students) and are regularly updated. The latest editions are always available from
the Programme Advisory Service and on the Joint Honours paperwork page at
8.3 Weekly Study Commitments
This, of course, is partly dependent on the number of modules that you choose to take in each
semester. As a guide, each standard module equates to approximately 200 learning hours
including both time spent in class and private study time. Over a 12 week series of classes this
works out at about 10 hours per week. Typically the module will involve one class each week,
perhaps 2 to 3 hours. This might comprise a lecture and a tutorial, or a seminar. In addition to the
classes, you will probably be asked to prepare materials for coursework assignments. In a few
modules, for example the modern languages, the class contact may be greater - involving two
sessions each week.
The non-class learning time will be quite variable in character. It may involve researching literature
in the library, reading texts in preparation for a tutorial, preparing a presentation for a seminar,
writing a critique or an essay. In summary, about one quarter to one third of the learning time is
spent in class. The remaining time is undertaken in the Learning Centre or at home.
8.4 On-line Learning
An increasing number of modules are available through on-line delivery. While they operate to the
same standards as conventionally taught modules in terms of assessment and learning outcomes,
they add still more flexibility in terms of module choice. Some can, for instance, be taken at times
other than the regular Autumn and Spring teaching periods, e.g. the Summer vacation. They are
also helpful for students who are in full-time work, and have difficulty in attending regular classes.
The JHS Academic Timetable identifies modules available on-line at www.derby.ac.uk/jhsinfo . You
should also check at UDo, University of Derby on-line at http://www.derby.ac.uk/udo/
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Normally all students who seek to transfer to the CSP from a Single or Joint Honours Programme
will be permitted to do so.
Normally, all applicants who wish to study part-time will be accepted if there is a reasonable
expectation that they can achieve the learning outcomes in the range of modules they are likely to
undertake in the first stage of the programme. Formal entry qualifications may not be sought. All will
All students who are attracted by the open structure, and intend to study full-time, will be
interviewed. Formal entry requirements will normally be required and will broadly correspond with
those which apply to Joint Honours Scheme applicants.
An essential part of the admissions process is the development of your own individual Learning
Plan which will justify your intended course of study in terms both of your academic background
and your future career aspirations. It should be completed in conjunction with the CSP Programme
Leader and be formally agreed before you commence your programme of study. (For a copy of
the Plan, see back of booklet)
9.1 Choosing a Programme of Study
If you are uncertain whether the Combined Subject Programme will best suit your needs, it would
be advisable to discuss your position with the CSP Programme Leader, or another academic
counsellor. You can make an appointment for a meeting through the Programme Advisory Service
at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01332 591153.
Choosing your programme and deciding on the pace of study are two critically important tasks.
Academic study can be very challenging and take a great deal of your time. You need to feel
confident that the right decisions have been taken at the outset. We will try to provide all the
guidance that you need, and we have put into place mechanisms which enable you to make some
adjustments if, despite having given much consideration to selection, you decide that there are
better choices which you could make.
Factors which you may wish to consider in developing your Learning Plan and choosing your
The primary reason for taking the course. Is it for career entry or advancement? Or are you
taking the course mainly because of intrinsic interest.
Which specific disciplines/modules do you want to include?
How important is it that the programme should feel coherent? Do you have one general
area of interest, or do you have several which can be accommodated in a broad
Which skills do you wish to build? Do you, for example, feel that you would benefit from a
Level 4 module which focuses on academic writing skills? If you are joining the programme
with advanced standing do you need support with research methods to help prepare you for
What pace of study do you feel that you can cope with? This may depend whether you have
any time during the day in which you can undertake follow-up study, or complete
assignments. If you are in full-time work, you may only have evenings and week-ends. On
most programmes, you can adjust the pace of study as you proceed to accommodate
anticipated changes in personal circumstances.
Do you have any Prior Certificated Learning, or Prior Experiential Learning you wish to
discuss, to enable you to progress more rapidly through the programme? (see page 5)
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Materials which you will need in order to select your programme are:
A CSP Selection Form. This should be used by prospective students intending to register
for an Award. Associate Students who do not intend to register for an Award in the first
instance should use the Associate Student selection form.
The Joint Honours Scheme Handbook which contains synopses of many of the modules
available. A new edition is produced annually in August, and is available at
A timetable of the modules which is also available at http://www.derby.ac.uk/jhsinfo
All of the above are available from Student Support and Information Services at either the
Kedleston Road, Britannia Mill or Markeaton St. sites.
9.2. Making adjustments later:
At the beginning of the semester in which you commence your studies you will be invited to an
academic counselling and enrolment session. If you wish to make some adjustments, we will try to
accommodate you. It will mainly depend upon there being vacancies in the module(s) which you
wish to change to. We also permit changes of modules in the first two teaching weeks of each
semester. This facility is designed to ensure that you do not feel trapped if a mistake has been
made. After the two weeks have elapsed, it is not possible to start a new module in that semester.
All changes must be made on a Module Change Form, (available from PAS) or via UDo.
10. Academic Advice on Programme
Students are advised that, in return for the advantages that accrue from the flexibility offered by the
Combined Subject Programme, they must accept responsibility for managing their own
programmes of study, and ensuring that they fit in with their agreed Learning Plans. In order to help
you accept that responsibility and make informed decisions about the development of your
programme of study there is a system of academic guidance which operates at three levels:
Programme Level; Subject Level; and Module Level.
10.1 Guidance at Programme Level
10.1.1. Combined Studies Programme Leader
The Programme Leader for the Combined Studies Programme is Carlton McDonald. He is
Room E515, East Tower, Kedleston Road.,
Tel: 01332-591708 (external), 1708 (internal);
If you have any queries to do with your programme, or any problems which are affecting
your studies, you should try to contact Carlton McDonald in the first instance. There is an
appointments schedule on his door for every week of the academic year, but you should
also feel free to contact him outside of those times. You can also make an appointment to
see him via the Programme Advisory Service at email@example.com or on 01332 591153
In addition, it is expected that you meet with him more formally on two occasions in the
academic year to discuss your progress on the programme. These meetings should take
place either at the end of a semester, or just before the start of the next one. They will
provide an opportunity to discuss future study plans, feedback on your academic
performance and any other matters relevant to the programme, including the development
of your Learning Plan.
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10.1.2. Academic Counsellors
Academic Counsellors will also be able to provide you with guidance about many different
aspects of your studies including:
the overall shape of your programme
the way in which the modular structure works in terms of issues like assessment and
advice on changing modules
facilitating transfers in or out of the Combined Studies Programme
seeking solutions to individual student problems by liaising with Subject or Module
counselling students who are experiencing problems that are affecting their ability to
You can make an appointment to see an Academic Counsellor via the Programme Advisory
Telephone: 01332 591153
10.2. Guidance at subject level
Guidance at subject level is provided by Subject Leaders, Subject Tutors and Module Leaders.
Subject Leaders are responsible for advising students on the scope, content, and opportunities
offered by their subject at the times when students make programme selections.
Subject Tutors are appointed by the Subject Leader. Their responsibilities vary a little from subject
to subject, and may include, for instance, admissions; guidance for students studying at a specific
level; or guidance for Independent studies. Their availability and roles will in any case be published
on subject notice boards.
Module Leaders have responsibility for guidance at module level, and you should turn to them in
the first instance if there are any internal issues to do with any specific module you are taking.
10.3. Programme Advisory Service (PAS)
The Programme Advisory Service (http://www.derby.ac.uk/pas/derby) is based in the Student
Support and Information Services in B Block, Kedleston Road. It aims to provide you with up to
date and accurate advice about every aspect of the CSP, including such matters as:
changing a module
checking your Statement of Achievement
checking your module selection form
making an appointment with an Academic Counsellor
helping you with queries about results
You will find the Programme Advisory Team to be an invaluable source of support and advice
throughout your degree. They are very friendly and accessible and will do everything they can to
help you. One of the first things you should do this semester is make sure you know where they are
located. Their contact details are:
Telephone: 01332 591153
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11. Personal Advice and Welfare
All students who enrol, full-time, to begin their studies at degree level on the CSP will be allocated a
personal tutor from amongst the Academic Counsellors, whose responsibility it will be to provide
individual support and monitor progress as appropriate.
The university also offers the following services to all CSP students:
Student Health and Counselling
Support and Advisory Service
Student Employment Agency
Full details of all the above are available on the Help and Support pages of our website, at
http://www.derby.ac.uk/current-students/student-wellbeing and published annually in the Joint
Honours Scheme Handbook
12. Personal Development Planning
Personal Development Planning (PDP) provides a structured opportunity for you to reflect, on a
regular basis, on your academic and personal ambitions, and the skills you need to achieve them,
through the creation of your own Progress File. For all CSP students, the Learning Contract,
agreed at the beginning of the programme, will provide an essential starting point for PDP. At the
same time, you will be expected to include at least one PDP-related module in your choices for
each stage of your programme. Designated PDP modules may be found in the Joint Honours PDP
Booklet. The Progress File, which you will be able to put together during your time at the University,
will allow you to create a full record of your progress and achievements at Derby, as well as help
you plan for the future. It provides an opportunity for you to:
reflect on the distinctive nature of your degree
reflect on the key stages of decision-making through your degree programme
audit transferable and academic skills
provide a record of career development skills for CV development
provide a reflective record of placement or exchange experience
audit and reflect on extra-curricula activities and work experience
prepare for employment or further study through the creation of an effective CV by the end
of your course
As this suggests PDP is a process of reflection and action planning that goes right through the
degree programme, with key points or ‘milestones’, linked to the following questions:
At the start of the course:
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What do I want to get out of my time at Derby?
What skills do I need to develop?
What are my long-term career goals?
End of Stage 1/start of Stage2:
What have I achieved so far in academic terms? Are there specific weaknesses or
omissions in my portfolio of skills?
What is my action plan for the future in terms of work experience or career development?
How do my extra-curricula interests connect to my academic and personal development?
End of Stage 2/ start of Stage 3:
How am I doing in relation to my action plan?
Do I need to revise it?
What are my plans for my final stage of study?
During Stage 3:
How will the skills needed for successful completion of my Level 6 work link to Personal
What have I achieved on my degree, and how can this be presented in an effective CV?
On completion of Stage 3
Completion of the exit review showing you have met the overall learning outcomes at Level
The Progress File is for your own individual use, to enable you to get the most from your
degree studies in a way that prepares you for employment or further study / training. It is
not separately assessed, but you will be expected to create your file as an integrated aspect
of your progress on the programme. Developing an effective Progress File will allow you to
demonstrate your personal and academic strengths so as to provide a platform for your life
Detailed guidance on building up the file is available online through the dedicated Joint
Honours Scheme Personal Development Planner at http://www.derby.ac.uk/udo/. Further
advice on PDP is also available at http://www.derby.ac.uk/pas/derby/jointhonours/jhs-
Support for PDP will also be provided in a range of other formats. PDP will be explicitly
linked to CSP academic counselling and enrolment for both subjects and modules. Subject
and module booklets will also indicate how PDP links to the academic curriculum, and to the
development of specific skills.
If you need further guidance on Personal Development Planning, please see an Academic
Counsellor in the first instance. Another key area of support is the Career Development
Centre (http://www.derby.ac.uk/careers) whose staff are experts in advising students how to
link their academic studies to PDP. Students will also be able to receive advice from Subject
Leaders, Year Tutors within subjects, and Module Tutors.
The assessment of individual modules is conducted in accordance with the University’s Academic
Regulations for undergraduate degree programmes.
The University has a policy of recognising learning outcomes. These are statements which set out
what students should expect to achieve on completion of programmes or individual modules. All
modules have a number of specified learning outcomes. This means that you will know at the
beginning of a module what you can expect to accomplish and the assessment which will enable
you to demonstrate this.
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Each learning outcome is linked to a specific mode of assessment, e.g. course-work or formal
examination. Academic credit is awarded for being able to demonstrate that you have
accomplished all the learning outcomes associated with a module.
If you have decided that you wish to study only for reasons of intrinsic interest and you have no
wish to gain a qualification, then you will know from Section 7 that you can enrol as an Associate
Student. Associate Students can choose whether or not they wish to take assessments. If, as an
Associate Student, you are unsure whether you will want to register for an Award in the future, it is
probably wise to attempt the assessments. Even if you do not want the formal academic credit, you
are entitled to feedback on your academic work.
13. 1 Course-work
13.1.1 Setting course-work
Module Leaders will outline the course-work to be used, at the beginning of modules. You
should have advanced notice of when the assignments will be set, the general nature of the
assignment(s), and the dates of the deadlines for the submission of the assignments. This
is to enable you to plan your work for the semester.
When the assignment is set, you should receive clear instructions in terms of the aims and
purpose of the assignment, the learning outcomes being tested, the assessment criteria,
and the mode of presentation which is sought. In the case of a written assignment you
should be given some guide on length. In the case of seminars you should have some
guide on the duration of your presentation and, in the event of group work, you should have
some guide on the extent to which you are expected to collaborate with other members of
13.1.2 Undertaking assignments
Everyone wants to do their very best in assignments because, after all, this is the evidence
will be used to decide on the classification of the Award. At the same time one has to be
realistic about one's efforts. It is probably best to initiate the background work to an
assignment as soon after the work is set as possible. This will help to give you confidence
that you can access the materials which you need. The actual time which you devote to an
assignment depends to a large extent on the other demands on your time. It is very
important to remember that you will gain more credit for submitting two satisfactory pieces of
work than submitting one excellent piece of work and failing to submit the second piece of
work which is due.
13.1.3 Submitting assignments
Every piece of coursework has a deadline for submission. It is critically important that all
assignments are submitted before the stipulated deadline. If the work is submitted late, the
penalty is severe (see the Joint Honours Scheme Handbook for details). From September
2013 all assignments must be submitted electronically via UDo.
13.1.4 Marking assignments
Assessors have to form a view as to whether the work which you have submitted satisfies
the objectives of the assignment and they have judge the overall quality of the work. The
University has a grading system based on percentages. If work is not submitted, the grade
NS (Non Submission) applies. There is no entitlement to referral if no work has been
submitted. In addition to awarding you a grade for your work, the assessor normally makes
some additional comments which will be available electronically. These comments should
draw attention to points of merit as well as suggesting improvements which could be made
on a future occasion. All grades are published twice a year on UDo, after the assessment
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13.1.5 Returning assessments
Feedback, with grades, on your coursework will normally be available electronically within 3
weeks. If you have any queries about either the grade awarded or the feedback then you
should see the member of staff responsible for marking the assignment. The grade cannot
be disputed but you can request further feedback if you don't feel that you have sufficient
13.1.6 Moderation of assessments
All assessment grades are awarded subject to moderation both internally and by the
External Examiners for the Subject. External Examiners are appointed by the University to
check the appropriateness of the grades awarded and to ensure that the assessment is
The dates of all examinations can be found on UDo.
13.3 Extenuating Circumstances
The University recognises that illness, or other circumstances beyond your control and ability to
foresee, may sometimes affect your assessment. If you find yourself in this position and are unable
to complete an assessment or are faced with circumstances beyond your control, you'll need to
submit a claim for exceptional extenuating circumstances (EEC). Full details of the EEC
process may be found at http://www.derby.ac.uk/eec
As a University Student or as an Associate Student, you are entitled to use the facilities at any time
that they are available.
Student Support Centres are open as follows:
Monday – Thursday: 8.45am – 6.30pm (Assignment Deadline for Full Time Students 5.00pm)
Friday: 8.45am – 4.30pm (Assignment Deadline for all Students 4.00pm)
Monday – Thursday: 8.30am – 5.00pm**
Friday: 8.30am – 4.30pm**
Monday – Thursday: 8.45am – 5.15pm**
Friday: 8.45am – 4.30pm**
** Assignment deadlines vary – check with module leader
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The Library at Kedleston Road is open during term time as follows:
Monday – Thursday 8.30am - 10.30pm (Enquiry desk, IT Help and Loan Service 8.45am – 9.00pm)
Fridays 8.30am - 7.00pm (Enquiry desk, IT Help and Loan Service 8.45am – 5.00pm)
Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm (No enquiry desk service 1.00pm – 5.00pm)
Sunday 1.00pm – 5.00pm (No enquiry desk service)
The Library at Britannia Mill is open during term time as follows:
Monday – Thursday: 8.30am – 9.00pm
Friday: 8.30am – 6.00pm
Saturday: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Sunday: 1.00pm – 5.00pm
Catering at Kedleston Road
Food is available at Kedleston Road from:
Monday – Friday: 8.00am – 7.00pm (Hot Food until 6.15pm)
Monday – Friday: 8.00am – 7.45pm
There are also vending machines which can serve hot and cold drinks and light refreshments.
15. The Joint Honours Scheme Handbook
All students who register on the CSP should receive a copy of the Joint Honours Handbook. It
contains the assessment regulations, module descriptions, and a lot of other information to help
you get the most out of your time at the University of Derby. This information can be found online at
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From time to time you are certain to want to resolve a problem which has occurred. The
question is ....... who is the right person to see? Hopefully this page will give you the answer.
I need to discuss my application.......
Contact Carlton McDonald, Programme Leader, Combined Studies Programme
Telephone 01332 591708
I need to discuss my programme.......
See the Programme Leader: Carlton McDonald,
Telephone: 01332 5917066
or contact the Programme Advisory Service for an appointment with a Joint Honours Scheme
Telephone: 01332 591153
The programme leader is not available........
Contact the Programme Advisory Service, Student Support Centre at Kedleston Road and arrange
to leave a message for the Programme Leader. Leave a telephone number and/or address for a
Telephone: 01332 591153
The assignment is not going to be ready on time........
See the Module Leader or the person who is teaching the module. If there extenuating
circumstances you can make a claim using the EEC Form. If the problem is one of time
management, the module leader may be able to reassure and recommend an acceptable solution.
The grade for an assignment was far lower than expected......
If the written feedback is not sufficient, see the member of staff concerned. You should obtain clear
advice about how the grade might be higher on the next occasion.
There are some financial problems.....
If you need general advice on managing financial matters you may wish to make an appointment to
see one of the Student Advisors in Specialist Support (http://www.derby.ac.uk/current-
students/student-wellbeing): 01332 591311, B Block at Kedleston Road
Problems in relation to a disability.....
Make an appointment to see one of the Student Advisors in Specialist Support
(http://www.derby.ac.uk/studentatozHE/disability-advice): 01332 591311, B Block at Kedleston
Road. Note: it is important to notify the University of any disability which you feel is significant.
Guidance is needed with regard to future career.....
Make an appointment to see a Career Adviser in the Career Development Centre
(http://www.derby.ac.uk/careers ): 01332 591316. You can find the Careers Guidance Centre in the
Basement of the Learning Centre at Kedleston Road.
Have a problem and not sure where to go……
Richard Tarplee, Joint Honours Scheme Student Liaison Officer
(http://www.derby.ac.uk/connected/the-university-files/cdc) is there to help you solve any problems
you may be experiencing and can direct you to the right help and information if you are unsure
where to turn.
Telephone: 01332 591659
Some serious personal problems have occurred......
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It is helpful to the Programme Leader if you are able to indicate something of the problem.
However, if you would prefer, you can make an appointment to see a Counsellor at the Support and
Advisory Service 01332 591311. All counselling is conducted on a strictly confidential basis.
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Lifelong Learning Scheme: Combined Studies
Intended Start Date…………………………………………………………………………
As part of your admission to the programme you will be expected to draw up a Learning Plan which
justifies your intended course of study in terms both of your academic background and your future
career aspirations. It should be completed in conjunction with the Combined Studies Programme
Leader and be formally agreed before you commence your programme of study, and updated at each
subsequent enrolment point. It should also be accompanied by a completed Selection Form which you
will need for enrolment. Once the learning plan has been formally approved it becomes a Learning
Contract agreed between you and the University. You may make revisions to the Learning Contract by
formally resubmitting a revised contract for approval.
1. Qualifications and Credits
2. Work-related experience
Do you have any work-related experience which may enhance your formal qualifications?
What do you want to achieve through your programme as a whole? How is it relevant to your work
and career objectives?
4. Learning Aims
Which subjects/ modules will be most helpful to enable you to meet your aims? Do you need
specific study/research skills?
1. Rationale for Designation of the Award i.e. BSc or BA (Final Year Only)
Please note that the Combined Subject Programme is not delivered by distance learning. In
signing this Learning Plan you are agreeing to the University’s Participation Policy as detailed in
Rights, Responsibilities and Regulations. In particular, you are giving an undertaking to participate
fully in those activities which are described in each module as essential and that you will inform the
Module Leader if circumstances oblige you to miss any of these activities. Failure to participate
adequately in these essential activities may lead to termination of your enrolment in the module(s)
concerned or your programme of study.
Signed by student Date
Signed by Combined Studies Date
Signed by Chair of PAG Date
COMBINED STUDIES PROGRAMME SELECTION FORM Y003
Please use BLOCK CAPITALS throughout
Stage: 1 2 3 Academic Year:
Mode of Study: Full-time Part-time UCAS course code Y003
Please indicate in this section the modules for which you would like to enrol in the current academic
year. To make your selection you need to refer to the relevant timetable and to the guidance notes
Number of Level Pre-requisite Time Slot
Module Code Module Title Credits satisfied
Notes: Each standard module carries 20 credits; double modules carry 40 credits. Under time slot indicate the
semester and slot(s) for each module (e.g. A6)
Signed by Student: Date;
Signed by Programme Adviser: Date:
1. Have you sought APL/APEL/Credit Transfer? YES NO
If YES, please list module codes
Or block credit:
Level 4 Level 5 Level 6
2. Modules taken on programme so far, planned for the future please indicate relevant academic year in
Stage 1: Certificate of HE
Stage 2: Diploma of HE
Stage 3: Bachelor’s Degree with Honours
3. Completing the Selection Form
a. You may be able to change modules within the first two weeks of each semester, providing you have received
academic guidance and permission to change.
b. Full-time students should check that their programme is reasonably balanced between the two semesters,
ideally three in each semester.
c. Check that the timetable slots do not clash (except where it is stated to be permissible).
d. In planning your current selection, look ahead to what you might want to take in the future, so as to ensure you
have the necessary pre-requisites. If in any doubt, please check with an academic counsellor, or the
subjectleader concerned. Use the table above to help you plan your programme .