About Electives

You will take 360 credits by the end of your 3 years of study.  In each year of study on your degree course you must take and pass modules totalling 120 credits.  All modules are worth 15 credits but whilst some of these modules will be CORE to the principal subject/s you have chosen to study others, called ELECTIVES modules, can be chosen flexibly by you.  This allows you to tailor your degree to reflect your interests and extend your employability skills.

The modules that are core to your course are either compulsory, in which case you will be registered upon these automatically before you arrive at Keele, or in some cases are optional core, in which case you will be asked to choose optional modules from a small list. 

Elective modules are either programme approved  for the principal subject/s you are studying or are free-standing

There are two types of elective module

Elective modules are either programme approved for the principal subject/s you are studying or are free-standing

Programme approved electives are subject-related and these modules will count towards the minimum number of subject related credits you need to be able to be awarded your named degree.  Free-standing electives are modules that count towards your degree but do not count toward the minimum number of subject related credits you need to be able to be awarded your named degree.

Each year you can choose programme approved electives, free-standing electives or a combination of the two.  The choice is yours.

You just need to remember that by the end of your 3 years of study you have to have reached the minimum credit threshold for us to give you your named degree award.

Dual Honours Degree

To obtain your dual honours degree you must take and pass a minimum of 120 subject related credits (eight 15-credit modules) in each principal subject over your three-year degree course At least 45 subject related credits must be obtained at level 5 in each principal subject and at least 45 subject related credits must be obtained at level 6 in each principal subject.

Subject related credits are made up from Compulsory Core modules and Optional Core modules you have to study and any Programme Approved Elective Modules you choose to do.

Single Honours Degree

To obtain your single honours degree, you must take and pass at least 255 subject related credits (seventeen 15-credit modules) in that subject  over your three-year degree course.

Subject related credits are made up from Compulsory Core modules and Optional Core modules you have to study and any Programme Approved Elective Modules you choose to do.

Major / Minor Degree

To obtain your Major/Minor degree over your three-year degree course you must pass a minimum of 225 subject related credits (fifteen 15-credit modules) in your Major subject and a minimum of 90 subject related credits (six 15-credit modules) in your Minor subject (at least 3 of these 6 modules must be taken at level 5).

Subject related credits are made up from Compulsory Core modules and Optional Core modules you have to study and any Programme Approved Elective Modules you choose to do.

You will be able to see the credits that you are accruing towards these credit thresholds at any time from the credit summary link in eVision.  It will also advise you whether or not you are on target to achieve your named award. 

eVision can be accessed from the student portal.  Once you have logged in, click on 'The Office' tab and this will take you to eVision.