University of Chester
The University of Chester traces its origins to 1839 and was one of the pioneers of work-based learning - a growing apprenticeship portfolio continues this tradition. Our new Citizen Student Strategy prioritises: building social capital - opening doors while studying and beyond; a holistic culture of opportunity and self-development; and lifelong learning - inclusive of all ages and backgrounds.
Students are supported to access opportunities from pre-arrival, helping their transition to university (for example via our Centre for Foundation Studies) through to work-ready final-years and alumni. Work-based placements and inter-disciplinary research help develop flexibility in their career path, together with digital skills, data competencies and applying these the wider world.
For our new Gateway Certificate in Professional Education at Level 4, learners select 30 credits from a series of 10 credit modules, covering subjects such as confidence with technology, resilience, and effective communication skills, developing an agile and resilient culture and ethical and sustainable leadership. Crucially, they have the option to progress to a full degree closely aligned to their industry, and will be able to pick up/pause their study as needed.
This qualification has been designed with employers to enable lifelong learning and is particularly supportive of part-time, negotiable study, valuing workplace learning and existing expertise. This approach accommodates both learners’ employment aspirations and personal circumstances, and employers’ needs. We are uniting individuals from different industries and backgrounds, to share and enhance their understanding of key skills within the workplace, critical for economic growth, particularly in the North West.