What is a Work-Based Degree?

Work-based degrees are an effective way of upskilling employees and developing their skillset. Employees can work towards a qualification, while studying primarily in a workplace and earning a wage. Assessments are linked to real projects within their workplace, so employees can make an impact in their job role.

Employers can benefit from staff retention and investing in their workforce, improving the confidence and skills of their staff. Our courses are designed in partnership with industry to ensure that they fit the needs of both the students and their employers.

We offer a range of work-based degrees, degree apprenticeships, and standalone modules for continuing professional development.  We are also able to design and deliver new courses in partnership with employers specific to their requirements. 

For full details of our courses, take a look at our Aston Professional Engineering Centre

Why choose a Work-Based Degree?

If you’re thinking about doing a work-based course, there are so many reasons why you should. With a variety of options that can be flexible, our courses will enable you to get a useful and relevant qualification while developing important new skills and learning knowledge you can apply in your workplace. As well as specialist expertise, you’ll develop key skills such as communication, team working and problem-solving to give you even more experience.

The abilities you acquire can help you to progress in your career and field. Learning while you’re earning is also a convenient way to get a qualification without losing out on money or employment opportunities. Work-based courses are also a great opportunity to meet new people, and share and learn knowledge from other colleagues within your field.

Top reasons to choose a work-based degree:

  1. Gain a qualification while earning a wage.
  2. Improve your skills and career prospects.
  3. Study a degree that is varied, flexible and accessible.
  4. Work on real-world projects, getting valuable experience while helping your employer.
  5. Develop the academic and vocational skills you need for career progression.

Information for Employers

Help your company get ahead by filling any skills gaps your company may have. Work-based courses are a great opportunity for both you and your workforce. By taking part in one of our programmes, they’ll have increased confidence at applying skills and knowledge, helping your organisation to flourish with an upskilled workforce, particularly if they cascade their new knowledge to other colleagues. Not only that, they’ll also be more motivated and committed to your company knowing that you’ve invested in them, leading to better staff retention and morale.

Your employees will also study primarily in your workplace, so they won’t be spending much time away from work. They’ll also be working on projects linked to real-world business issues, so that they can make an impact in your company before they’ve even completed their degree. As well as specialist knowledge, they’ll develop their communication, team working and problem-solving skills, so they’ll be a better rounded employee within your organisation. 

Create your own programme

You can either send staff onto one of our existing work-based courses, or you may be able work with us to design and deliver a new work-based degree programme if you have specific requirements. 

Excellent links with industry

At Aston we’re known for having excellent relationships with industry. We’ve delivered, and also developed programmes for a whole range of employers from different sectors, and SMEs. We’ve worked with:

  • National Grid
  • BMW
  • CapGemini
  • JLR
  • Scottish and Southern Energy
  • Rolls Royce
  • Babcock
  • Majestic

What our students say

“”There is no doubt that I have significantly change for the better as a result of my studies. My management of projects has become more efficient, as a result of developing more efficient time management during my studies.” Staff Sergeant Kurt Knight, HM Armed Forces, BENg Power Systems

“The academic program was aligned to my job, enabling me to focus on live projects, gaining a deeper and more strategic understanding of my own work. Throughout the course I developed academically, professionally and personally.” Jason Leinster, Design Engineer, MSc Professional Engineering

“Before starting the course, my engineering thinking was more intuitive; less precise and lacking in some methods. The course allowed me to better understand, and to apply, a set of engineering methodologies to become a professional engineer.” Andrew Watts, Company Director, MSc Professional Engineering

    Get in touch

    Aston Professional Engineering Centre
    School of Engineering & Applied Science
    Aston University
    Aston Triangle
    Birmingham B4 7ET

    Room:
     MB133 
    Tel:
     +44 (0)121 204 3555 
    Email: 
    eas_apec@aston.ac.uk