Why Study Work Based and Integrative Studies with us?
Our programme is ideal for those who recognise the potential of learning through work and who are prepared to assume a high level of responsibility for their own learning.
Learners can access taught elements at workshops or online and at distance but it is possible that programmes could primarily (and almost exclusively) entail work based projects, if so desired.
Benefits to learners include: learning tailored to needs of employment and/or personal interests; opportunity to develop skills; gain credit for prior learning; academic support throughout the programme; and programme can be accessed via distance-learning.
WBIS is a flexible framework for the accreditation of work based and work related learning. The framework offers a range of awards from undergraduate Level 4 up to - and including - Master's level.
Typically, it allows participants to negotiate their own pathway of learning related to their area(s) of working practice, and to choose a relevant award title.
Some students on WBIS undertake a programme that has been in large part negotiated in advance with their employer. These are cohort negotiated programmes such as the WBIS ‘Foundation Degree in Government' (FDiG) Civil Service programme, or the WBIS Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies taught to employees of Liverpool City Council.
There is an undergraduate modular programme with the following structure:
|Level Four||120 credits (6 modules at Chester)||Certificate of Higher Education|
|Level Five||240 credits (12 modules at Chester)||Diploma of Higher Education/Foundation Degree|
|Level Six||360 credits (18 modules at Chester)||BA/BSc degree|
Professional qualifications are also available for the accumulation of 60 undergraduate credits at the various levels.
There is also a postgraduate modular programme, structured as follows:
|Credit Total for Master's Level||Award|
|60 postgraduate credit points (3 modules at Chester)||Postgraduate Certificate|
|120 postgraduate credit points (6 modules at Chester)||Postgraduate Diploma|
|180 postgraduate credit points (9 modules at Chester)||MA/MSc Master's degree|
We are in the process of developing the award of a Professional Doctorate, which is 180 M Level credits and 360 D Level credits.
Open Days 2017
Visit us at an Open Day and find out what it’s really like to study at the University of Chester.
- Saturday 14th October
- Saturday 28th October
- Saturday 21st October
- Saturday 21st October