You must attend your course from the very first day. The first week is extremely important for new students as it provides you with a valuable opportunity to orientate yourself and to make new friends. During this time, you will be given information required for successful study with Aventis and University of Derby, there will be lectures, presentations and activities to help introduce you to your degree course and to each other.
During the first day of class, you will be given a Course Syllabus for each of your core modules. There will be detail information about the module including the teaching schedule and assessment details. It is useful to look at the assessment details early on so that you can plan your work in advance.
When you get your course timetable, you will notice that the vast majority of your time will not be spent in class sessions. Please remember that this is a part time course and that you are expected to do your own independent learning outside of class contact hours. It is expected that you will spend between 35 and 40 hours per week on your study for each module, of which at least 50 per cent will be independent study. Obviously, how you manage your time and organise your independent learning outside of contact hours is up to you but do not be tempted to omit the independent study.