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The University of Chester enjoys a positive national reputation for our provision of work based and work-related learning. Much of that provision is facilitated by the Centre for Work Related Studies, Professional Development which offers a range of learning opportunities designed for individuals and organisations alike.
In particular, the Centre for Work Related Studies, Professional Development (PD), operates the well-known Work Based & Integrative Studies (WBIS) framework. This is a flexible framework that can be used to confer academic reward for learning that relates to workplace endeavour. It is aimed principally at adults in the workplace and currently has over 1,000 undergraduate and postgraduate learners from a wide variety of organisations in the UK and abroad.
We realise that universities are not the only places in society where important knowledge and understanding exists. We understand that much knowledge capital resides in the workplace itself and have worked to help people and organisations gain recognition for this. In addition, we have a team of experienced academics who have considerable experience of vocational learning across a range of disciplines - from health and education to business and IT - and who can bring their own expertise to bear on workplace experiences and developments.
In addition, we offer a Postgraduate Certificate in Work Based Learning Facilitation which has been accredited by the Higher Education Academy and is the only course of its kind in the UK.
‘Learning through work allows you to set your own timescales and your own studying routine. You can also tailor your course around what you want to use it for, so it applies directly to your job. It isn't study for study's sake, it's study with a purpose. I didn't see the point of doing something that I couldn't then use.
The whole point of the exercise was to increase my skills - interpersonal, listening, communication and understanding skills. It's crystallized a lot of what I do and honed it. I've become far more analytical about evaluating what I'm learning and deciding what value it will have to my clients. To do it in your own time, in your own subject, at your own pace, with fantastic support is really valuable.'
‘I've been greatly impressed by the professionalism and enthusiasm of my tutors: their accessibility, practical helpfulness and willingness to read and comment on drafts at various stages of production. For me, APEL was a particular blessing, enabling me to submit a book I'd written for part of the assessment, which after rigorous scrutiny by my tutors, helped gain me credits amounting to half my final qualification'.
‘It is a wonderful concept that you get academic credit for critically reflecting on your daily practice and moving your practice on to reach professional standards'.