In paid employment? Unemployed or caring for children or relatives? CATS opens a world of postgraduate study with its flexible and transferable approach
CATS enables you to gain credits for each module successfully completed. A standard University postgraduate module attracts 15 credits and contributes towards the final qualification. 180 credits are required for a one-year full-time Master’s degree; 60 credits are required for a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert); and 120 credits for a Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip). Courses are broken down into stand alone modules offering greater choice and flexibility.
What’s more you’ll even have the opportunity to study associated subjects of your own choosing. Our students are increasingly able to combine subjects across traditional discipline boundaries and transfer across different types of award. CATS makes it easier to transfer from full-time to part-time study or vice versa. It’s also useful if you have to move out of the area or interrupt your studies for whatever reason as your credits can be retained for later use (but must be used within six years of the start of study).
CATS also allows us to recognise and credit previous experience or learning. This makes it possible to accumulate points without necessarily taking every module. Each qualification should offer a set of compulsory modules and a selection of optional modules.
Best of all, many employers have bought into the thinking behind CATS. The increased opportunities for students to gain qualifications particularly suited for the world of work ultimately benefit employers too, so it’s win, win.
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