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Undertaking relevant work experience is not only vital in today’s competitive job market, but it also creates the opportunity for you to explore your career options, enhance your CV, develop key skills, and possibly network with individuals who may be able to support your professional journey.

Here at the University of Chester, almost all our undergraduate programmes offer you the opportunity to undertake a Work-Based Learning module in your second year of study.

What to Expect?

A dedicated team will help you to secure the most appropriate placement, and you will be supported by an academic member of staff throughout the module.

When Does it Take Place?

You will complete the seven-week Work Based Learning module towards the end of Year 2. This includes a placement of a minimum 150 hours over five weeks.

Where Will You Be Based?

Placements can be based anywhere in the world, in organisations large or small. Students have completed placements with a host of organisations including Chester’s Storyhouse, the Countess of Chester Hospital, the Citizen’s Advice Bureau, the National Trust and the RSPCA.

Our nationally renowned Work-Based Learning module brings a number of benefits, including the opportunity to:

  • Explore graduate employment options
  • Try out a future career
  • Gain experience and expertise in a particular role or occupation
  • Develop and apply key employability skills such as team-working, project management, decision-making, and communication in a professional industry setting.
  • Reflect on your experience. This is a crucial element, as it can help you gain more from the placement and better prepare yourself for the graduate job market.
  • Build your professional networks/contacts.

Please note: Work-Based Learning is only available to Undergraduate students.