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  • Parkgate Road Campus, Chester
1-7 years

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 Credit total Award
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.

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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