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University of Derby 4.1 / 154 reviews
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3rd Year

As an a-level student that took biology, chemistry, and maths, the decision to do this degree was quite daunting, due to my lack of experience in the subject. However, it turned out to be the best decision I could have made, and I have thoroughly enjoyed the doing the foundation degree, so much so, I am doing the top up third year to gain a full degree in culinary arts.

The lecturers are all extremely knowledgeable, due to their industry experience, and I feel able to email or talk to them at any time, about any topic, and they are able to answer my questions. The class sizes are small, about 15 people, so all the lecturers know you by name and can really help you personally.

The modules are well thought out, and they actually take into account the feedback given at the end of the module in the review, to help improve the course for the next year.

The only negative part is the fact that the course is based at the Buxton campus, which, although a beautiful place to live, is quite small, and feels left behind the rest of the uni, with regards to societies and student union presence.

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The course is wonderful! You must have passion for helping people and you must be determined and open minded. The course is like any other course in terms of assignments and deadlines. However, there is one great thing, THERE IS ONLY ONE EXAM throughout the entire 3 years of the course!!!! How much better can it get? The tutors are very helpful and if you love helping people and being a part of their recovery, then this is definitely the course for you!

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Being able to study both courses at once wad important to me and so I'm very happy with Derby offering the joint honours pathway. Content for ECS is very engaging and relevant (types of abuse, language development, family dynamics) and the lecturers, I found, all had a genuine passion when teaching which helps to keep me focused on the topic. As psychology is my main subject, I cover many more topics there (sleep, schizophrenia, memory, developmental aspects). The lectures are very informative but rather fast paced and so it's hard to keep up sometimes. Structure is fab however with seminars straight after the lecture to reinforce what we just learnt. Workshops are great in helping us do the same although they're not as effective when less students attend. The assessment for both ECS and psychology is mostly coursework based. In my two years of studying I've only sat 3 exams. I was told there were no exams in psychology and yet I've found myself sitting two which was a let down- however, the lecturers ensued we were well prepared for them in each seminar and workshop leading up to it. Overall, I enjoy my course and both subjects but it would be even better if we had some trips out introduced.

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The degree was great for those who wanted to get a real insight into the world of broadcast journalism. It was heavily based in radio and TV (video), so, as someone who wants to work in magazine, it wasn't always applicable. However, it taught me skills I will need for the future, such as video and audio editing, and gathering multimedia journalistic material. These skills will be helpful as even magazines have a website and they publish some of their content online.

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Overall I have to say that I'm impressed with the content and structure of my course. We began our first year with a more structured project that allowed us to not only get to know our university, studio space and they way that the course works, but also allowed us to work closely both with our tutors and our classmates which is extremely important coming into your first year at any university. Our first semester prepared us for a more independent form of study in the second semester which I personally found extremely useful. Taking interviews at other universities allowed me to see that a lot of larger institutions don't have the same kind of guidence offered to us by Derby and students are required to be completely independent from the offset.

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It's a very practical course, and the department recognises that in order to get into the industry, experience counts, not academia. There is lots of new stuff to learn such as how to use industry standard cameras, and even coding websites. The lecturers allow you to have flexibility when deciding on the content of your projects, and there is a lot of group work. They have an equipment centre which you can book kit out of any time you like during the term. There are no exams and essays are usually kept to a minimum word count. In your final year you don't need to write a dissertation, but get the opportunity to make a project on anything you want that relates to the subject throughout the year. Various modules include television production, digital publishing (web and interface design), radio production and script writing. There are also various trips to places such as Media City UK, and BBC Broadcasting house.

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Course is good and strutted well in lectures and workshops. Feedback can be delayed at times and some comments not making sense however these can be solved and sorted easily though email and meetings set up through email. Communication is good and overall advice given and staff themselves are very happy to help

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1st Year

excellent university, great facilities! The course has a great content and lectures explain things excellently! The support we receive is great and the staff members are always on hand to answer questions or queries we may have.

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Studying in Film Production course is enjoyable. Almost every teacher know how to work and communicate with students helping to develop new skills. As a film production course, there is a lot of self studying and practical outside of the uni. Sometimes it is maybe too much, but as a students we all need to sacrifice something to graduate and get better every day, so it really just depends on us. As a International student I feel pretty comfortable around teachers and doing stuff that needs to be done. Overall, I'm satisfied with the choice and with my degree. We even go sometimes on film festivals so that is a great thing - Field trips are always important, to see new places, get to know people and breathe different air. And we have a long up and coming summer holidays, so that's a good thing too. As I said I'm pretty satisfied.

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The studying system is good and enjoyable with good content. The teachers are friendly and almost everyone knows how to teach students about specific things in their lessons. Overall, I'm pretty satisfied with my course.

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