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  • Parkgate Road Campus, Chester
5 years

Why Study Management and Leadership or Business with us?

The University of Chester is very pleased to be working with the Royal Air Force and partner Higher Education institutions in designing and delivering two Foundation Degrees.

The two negotiated pathways are:

  • Foundation Degree in Business (Work Based and Integrative Studies)
  • Foundation Degree in Leadership and Management (Work Based and Integrative Studies)

These are employer-led higher education awards delivered at Levels 4 and 5. Learners will then have the opportunity to extend their studies to Level 6 to gain an undergraduate Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree.

The Foundation Degree programme will suit learners who: 

  • Wish to maximise rewards for prior learning
  • Wish to receive academic credit for their work based learning
  • Wish to improve their knowledge base and skills set through taking taught modules where relevant
  • Are happy learning with a mix of online support and periodic face-to-face input
  • Are happy to plan their own learning pathway - with support from Chester tutors
  • Are interested in building a range of optional topics into their pathway such as:- Conflict Transformation, Negotiation Skills, Stress Management and Mentoring.

The RAF Foundation Degrees are 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.

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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