At the University of Chester, we can offer you a choice of hundreds of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, foundation degrees and continuing professional development opportunities across our sites in Chester, Warrington and Thornton. With so many choices, it can be hard to select the right course for you – so here is a handy guide to what we offer:
We provide a wide range of undergraduate courses, which can increase your prospects of gaining a graduate-level job on completion. If you are already sure about which area you want to study and specialise in, then a Single Honours degree may be best for you. They involve three years of full-time study – or you can choose to study your course part time over a longer period, depending on your individual situation.
On the other hand, if you prefer to keep your options open by studying more than one subject, then a Combined Honours degree, with its range of subject combinations, may suit you better. A Combined Honours degree is a great way to learn about different subjects of interest to you – and potentially may make you more employable in a broader range of employment areas on graduation.
Our course pages give details of whether the course you are interested in is available as a Single Honours or a Combined Honours route.
You also have the option of studying a sandwich degree, where you’ll study for four years full time and have the opportunity to undertake a year’s paid professional placement at the end of your second year. This valuable placement will help develop your skills and knowledge by applying what you have learnt to a work environment.
Foundation Degrees are flexible employment-related degrees that combine traditional university study with learning that takes place at work. They are equivalent to the first two years of an honours degree and have been designed specifically to equip you with the skills required by today’s employers. Usually, a Foundation Degree will take two years to complete full time, and up to four or five years to complete part-time, and can be offered directly by the University, through our partner colleges of further education, or through particular arrangements with the employment sector. Once you have completed your Foundation Degree, you will also have the opportunity to ‘top up’ to an appropriate Honours Degree by adding a further one year of study.
Some Foundation Degrees are designed specifically for one particular profession, and these are usually delivered in the workplace between the University and the employer. Others are offered on a full-time or part-time basis by the University or by partner colleges of further education.
We offer a number of vocational courses, including Midwifery; Nursing; Social Work; and Teacher Education courses. These are an excellent choice if you wish to gain the appropriate qualification in your professional area and go straight into related employment on graduation. Additionally, some of our vocational courses will require you to partake in various placements throughout the duration of your course. This is an essential part of your course that will ensure you are fully prepared for your chosen profession on graduation.
Each one of our undergraduate courses includes work-based learning as part of the curriculum, which will help make sure you’re ready for the job market. Our innovative Work Based Learning (WBL) module will prepare you for employment by giving you the chance to spend five weeks working for a host organisation. Experiential Overseas Learning offers you a five-week project at a destination around the globe to experience a practical element to your learning. Most students have the opportunity to undertake either one of these options as an integral part of their undergraduate course.
You may choose to attend a placement anywhere within the UK, and we have links with a wide variety of large and small organisations that offer a broad range of interesting placement opportunities.
Studying abroad is an alternative to traditional UK-based study and is a great way of broadening your horizons and enhancing your academic experience. As a member of ISEP (the International Student Exchange Programme), we are able to offer you a range of exciting opportunities to study abroad. Through our bilateral partners, you can study abroad for a semester or a full academic year at institutions in either the USA or Australia.
With placements available around the globe, a study placement abroad won’t only look interesting on your CV but will also enable you to get involved with an overseas student experience.
As well as undergraduate courses, we also offer a wide and flexible range of postgraduate and post-experience courses, which will help you to stand out in the graduate recruitment market. Our postgraduate degrees are designed to meet your career needs – for example, our MBA courses are increasingly in demand throughout Europe by major organisations, and our Master’s course in Television Production, based at the North West Media Centre at our Warrington Campus, prepares students for a wide range of careers in the media industry.
In total, we offer 135 postgraduate degrees – so there is sure to be something of interest to you.
Want to also learn a new language in your spare time? We offer part-time evening classes in French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Arabic, Italian, Russian, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese and Welsh, at various levels of ability. All classes are energetic, engaging and enjoyable – and knowledge of an extra language could help you in your future career.
So, now you know more about what types of courses we offer, why not come along to one of our Open Days to find out for yourself what it would really be like to live and study here.
Open Days are the ideal way of seeing if Chester is right for you, and our next Open Days will take place in October 2015.