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If you are working it is highly likely that you’ve already spent time studying to gain recognised qualifications for your job such as accounting or HRM.

As well as helping in your day job, did you know that the short course that you took to help you demonstrate your skills to employers may also count towards a degree or masters level award? 

Chester’s Work Based and Integrated Studies degrees allow you to build on the professional development, learning experiences and qualifications that you already have such as:

  • The Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM)
  • Pearson / EdExcel
  • Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
  • Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
  • Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS)

As Dr David Perrin, Deputy Head of Centre for Professional & Economic Development explains,

“People often undertake such courses without always realising the potential they may have as a means of getting recognition towards highly valued qualifications such as degrees and Master’s degrees.

“The University has a mechanism for allowing this to happen. It takes the form of a flexible accreditation framework that has been used by thousands of students over two decades and more  – it is called our Work Based & Integrative Studies (WBIS) framework.

“There are further awards and credit that we can recognise too, including from other universities and potentially across a range of areas of professional practice”.

Learn while you Earn

Our flexible degrees allow you to customise your degree course to your work setting. They are ideal for part-time learners who want to learn in and through their workplace, with support from tutors who can help them to develop their professional practice.

They allow you to:

  • Negotiate your own individual, bespoke, pathway of learning towards an award that reflects your area of professional practice
  • Claim credit for your ‘handson’ experiential learning at work
  • Potentially incorporate credit from a range of qualifications and awarding bodies that the University recognises.

Study is flexible, with regular start dates, and can be supported entirely at distance if so desired.

What Level of Degree?

You can study to achieve part of a degree, or a full degree from Level 4 up to Master's level. For more information visit our undergraduate or postgraduate course pages.

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