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Course summary

If you want to gain a University-level qualification alongside your job without committing to a full Bachelor's degree, this Professional Studies Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) distance learning course is ideal. You'll develop transferable skills in your choice of subject, boosting your career prospects while you improve your performance at work. You can tailor the course to match your professional and personal aspirations and your employer's objectives. You'll get to put the skills you learn to work instantly in your job, contributing to the success of your company. The course is work based, so you'll need to be in a full-time, part-time or voluntary role to do it. You can study online wherever is most convenient for you and schedule your studies around your existing commitments. A CertHE is equivalent to the first year of a full-time BA or BSc Bachelor’s degree. When you complete the course, you'll improve your career prospects and have the skills and knowledge to perform more effectively in your job. You could also put the credits you gain towards a BA or BSc Bachelor's degree. What you'll experience On this course you'll:

  • Choose either technical skills or business skills pathway
  • Study modules 120 credits over 2 years (60 credits a year)
  • Study flexible modules and topics that match your personal and professional goals, as well as your employer's objectives
  • Develop your ability to analyse problems, research and propose solutions, and make important decisions
  • Improve your communication and research skills
  • Complete a work-based learning (WBL) project that forms part of your daily workload, which ensure that the knowledge you develop is relevant to your employer's business
  • Get an optional 1-day induction in Portsmouth or an online induction
  • Develop your learning plan with the University and your employer, so you can make an effective contribution to your workplace as you learn
  • Have full access to our student support services and community including study support, sports and recreation facilities, and the Students' Union
  • Tap in to our Library's electronic resources, which you can access from anywhere with a Web connection
  • Choose a workplace mentor to support your learning – someone at work who can offer advice, guidance, and moral support
  • Have support from an academic tutor specialising in your area of study and a University learning manager who oversees your programme
  • Use online tutorials and lectures to help you with study skills, including your analytical and writing skills
Careers and opportunities When you finish the course, you'll have the skills and knowledge to advance your career with your current employer and boost your long-term career prospects. You could also use your qualification to enter further study, by applying for one of the Learning at Work degree courses where you can study 240 credits to achieve a Bachelors degree in your chosen subject. You can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.


Year 1

  • Effective Communication – 20 credits
  • Foundations of Business – 20 credits
  • Learning Management and Study Skills – 20 credits
  • Technical Foundation or Business Foundation – 20 credits
Year 2
  • Work based project Level 4 – 40 credits
- Reflective professional – 20 credits

Assessment method

The way you're assessed will depend on which modules you take and the work-based learning projects you do.

How to apply

To apply for this course you will be taken to the provider's website, where you can find out more information and make an application.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

A typical applicant would usually have post-school higher education such as an HNC, or equivalent, or part of a degree course, together with appropriate work experience. Please contact Learning at Work to discuss this course and entry requirements in more detail.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT)7979 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Cambridge English AdvancedCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Trinity ISEPassTrinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

**Undergraduate fees for 2024 entry will be available shortly.** For more information about fees, go to
Professional Studies (Distance Learning) at University of Portsmouth - UCAS