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  • Parkgate Road Campus, Chester
5 years

Why Study Government (WBIS) with us?

The programme has been established for the development of public service professionals within the UK Civil Service and capable of adaptation to other public service contexts. After an initial induction, students are taught as distance learners using online materials.

Benefits of studying this course include: a recognised academic qualification that you can achieve through building on your workplace experience; the opportunity to develop relevant knowledge and skills, such as those required by Professional Skills for Government; plus a flexible mode of study that helps you adapt your learning to the demands of work and home.

Since 2004, the University of Chester has been pioneering the Foundation Degree in Government (FDiG), based on its established framework for work based learning and experience in supporting learning in the workplace.

FDiG is one of a number of occupationally-based pathways within the University's ground-breaking Work Based and Integrative Studies (WBIS) framework. Put simply, this is a flexible framework that allows the University to give academic reward for work-based and work-related learning.

The University of Chester is an innovator in work based learning and, with its foundation degree for the Civil Service, broke new ground in adapting its proven learning approach to a predominantly on-line mode of delivery. This has the advantage of making study more flexible around workplace and domestic demands, as well as offering a portal to a wealth of electronic learning resources through the University's Virtual Learning Environment, SharePoint.

Parkgate Road Campus, Chester

Our historic Parkgate Road Campus in Chester has offered a wide range of courses since opening in 1839. It’s situated only a short walk from the lively city centre, and provides a friendly, secure and supportive environment in which to live and study.

Our on-campus facilities include a Learning Resource Centre, modern lecture theatres, open-access computer facilities, state-of-the-art science/skills/language laboratories, a range of catering outlets, the £2 million Chester Students’ Union centre and CSU bar/club, bookshop, chapel and faith space, cashpoint and launderette.

Because university life is not just about getting a degree, social and leisure activities are an important and long-established part of life at our Chester sites. On-campus sports facilities include a fully equipped sports hall, gym, swimming pool, squash and tennis courts, sprint track, floodlit 3G multi-use pitch and floodlit astroturf pitch.

Most of our student accommodation is also on or near campus. The campus also boasts an abundance of green space, and beautifully kept gardens, which provide you with an exciting environment in which to live and study.


From its beginnings as a Roman fortress 2,000 years ago, Chester has managed to retain its unique character whilst offering everything that you would expect from a modern city today, as it becomes "a must-see European destination".

The City of Chester is a vibrant mix of cafes, shops and ancient walls, rows and architectural and archaeological features. The City is home to all-year-round arts festivals, events, exhibitions and street entertainment, including the famous Chester Races, the Rowing Regatta and the internationally acclaimed Chester Zoo.

Open Days 2017

Visit us at an undergraduate Open Day and find out what it’s really like to study at the University of Chester.

Open Days 2017

Visit us at an Open Day and find out what it’s really like to study at the University of Chester.

Chester Dates

  • Saturday 14th October
  • Saturday 28th October

Warrington Dates

  • Saturday 21st October

Shrewsbury Dates

  • Saturday 21st October
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