27th May 2002

 

DEMAND GROWS FOR WORK-BASED DEGREES

 

Work-based learning is proving to be a popular option at the University of Lincoln.

 

The university has already exceeded its target for enrolments on work-based learning degrees - over 500 students have been registered on the work-based learning degree and other learning contracts.

 

And a further 1,100 students are registered on various types of work-related professional development programmes.

 

Over 150 students are currently studying Engineering Management at RAF Cranwell near Sleaford and a similar number of managers are set to begin a work-based course for the care sector in September.

 

Other courses available include a Police Studies degree and a programme for Registered Care Managers.

 

“Work-based learning degrees award credits for prior expertise gained in the workplace and allow working people improve their qualifications in a flexible way that is customised to meet their individual needs,” said university spokesman Jez Ashberry.

 

WBL degrees are available to corporate cohorts of students and offer easy access to academic expertise and specialist support face-to-face and on-line, via e-mail and the Virtual Campus.

 

“In spite of the success of the WBL degrees it’s becoming clear that many students and employers are unable to commit to a full degree and are looking for shorter, bite-sized options,” added Mr Ashberry.

 

“The university is now exploring ways in which these shorter courses can also be offered.”

 

For further details about work-based learning at the University of Lincoln call 01522 886380.

 

 

For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886042

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk