Work based studies

Gain credits for experiential learning


An innovative way to gain a degree

Work based studies (WBS) is an innovative way to gain a degree at undergraduate and postgraduate level using the valuable learning you gain through work as the basis of your individual programme of study.

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Learning through work-based studies

For more information on work based studies:
T: 01642 342807
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The programme allows you to gain credits for your previous experiential learning and any certificated higher education level learning you have already achieved. For example, many of our students employed in such diverse roles as police officers, armed forces personnel, early years managers, office managers, fire service personnel, paramedics and bank managers have gained one third of the University credits necessary to achieve a full degree through their prior learning.

Key features of the programme:

  • recognition of skills and knowledge gained at work
  • recognition of prior University level (level 4 and above) certificated learning
  • Individual learning programme comprising taught and independent learning modules
  • individual tutor support for independent learning modules
  • flexible timescale for completion
  • learning experiences that enhance your professional development.

Assessments are work based, allowing practical application of theory to your work role. The programme provides you with learning experiences that will support your professional development and, enhance your skill set.


Awards are available at undergraduate and postgraduate level.




Tutors support you throughout your studies and coordinate and monitor your progress from your first enquiry to your successful graduation. You have access to our online virtual learning environment for communications, learning and teaching.

Start dates

Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses start once per year in October.

If you would like to find out more before applying for a place on the programme please contact Kevin Ions (Work Based Studies Programme Leader):
T: 01642 738310


Part-time undergraduate fees - are charged per module.
More about part-time fees and funding

Part-time postgraduate fees - postgraduate module fees can vary on different courses so you should confirm each module fee before you enrol.

What work based study students say

Find out what it's like from people who have already studied with us.
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