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This course offers part-time, negotiable study that values workplace learning, recognising your expertise in your chosen field, and will allow you to be rewarded for prior experiential learning. It is usually possible to commence studies throughout the academic year.

Why study Work Based and Integrative Studies (WBIS) with us?

Our course will enable you to ‘learn while you earn’.

The first module will help you to undertake a self-audit and complete a claim for prior learning (if appropriate) where learning in the workplace can be rewarded academically. It also provides the opportunity for needs analysis and action planning, in order to enable you to successfully create an individual pathway of study and gain an award title that meets your learning needs. This award title will relate to your area of professional practice.

The course offers flexible and adaptable study for those seeking professional development opportunities, and for whom customised courses relating directly to the work setting are the most effective way of achieving their objectives.

What will I learn?

Areas of learning are negotiated, and this means you can negotiate a learning pathway and award title that meets your personal and professional development needs. You will be able to select from a range of modules in areas such as coaching, teaching and learning, negotiation, business, management, leadership, mentoring, and communication skills.

How will I be taught?

The course is a blended learning experience and can involve workshop-led modules, online tuition and experiential learning at work (such as work-based projects). It is flexible, and within certain agreed parameters you can work at your own pace.

There are 200 notional learning hours per 20 credits. For 20-credit modules (pro rata for bigger modules), direct contact time typically varies between three and 20 hours, depending on the module.

How will I be assessed?

There are no formal exams. You will be assessed through a variety of formats – for example, reflective assignments, portfolios, reports, presentations, and dialogue assessment.

Course Fees

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Visit the Work Based and Integrative Studies (WBIS) page on the University of Chester website for more details!

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