Study At Your Own Pace Even While Working

In today’s competitive world, the economy needs more people in the workplace with higher-level skills- but that doesn’t mean giving-up your job just to obtain a university qualification. Now, imagine if you can fit in studies with your work and personal commitments ie Work-based learning.

What is Work-based learning?

Work-based learning is made up of classroom study (or long-distance) and hands-on experience in the workplace. The University of Portsmouth’s Learning at Work Programme is one good example.

The Learning at Work degree courses allows working adults to get an undergraduate Bachelor’s or postgraduate Master’s university degree while earning, without going to university full time.  You choose what you learn based on your professional and personal aspirations, which reduces the amount of time you need to spend studying to get your degree. You can also study via distance learning or campus-based units to get the credits you need for your degree.

Flexible Learning

The way you learn is flexible, so you can study anytime and anywhere convenient to you and schedule your studies around your existing commitments. You can tailor your course to match your employer’s objectives. You get to put the skills you learn to work instantly in your job, so you perform better and further contribute to the success of your company while you study. As the programme is work-based, you need to be in employemnt either on a full-time, part-time or voluntary basis.


  • Your existing knowledge can count towards your degree, which reduces the amount of time you need to study.
  • Gain a UK university qualification without having to take a career break.
  • Study for a UK Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from anywhere in the world.
  • Save on accommodation and travel costs without attending formal classes.
  • Learn what you need at your own pace to suit the demands of your job.
  • Guaranteed professional and career enhancement prospects relevant to your preferred career.
  • Learn from subject and industry specialists.

What’s Stopping You? Don’t let any of these common myths about work-based learning keep you from trying it out:

  • I’m too old (or too young). There are different types of work-based learning, with choices for adults as well as youth (generally aged 18 and older).
  • I won’t get paid. Some opportunities are unpaid or volunteer, but all apprenticeships and certain internships come with a salary.
  • I’m a student and I’m already too busy. Students can often earn course credit for work-based learning, so you may be able to do two things at once.
  • I’d have to commit to something long-term. Some work-based learning opportunities are formal and last for years, but just as many are informal and last only a few hours.
  • I’m already working so what’s the point? Think outside the box about work-based learning. Even if you’re already working in your dream job, you may still benefit from experiences like a practicum or mentorship.

A New Learning at Work Partnership in Malaysia

BAC Education Group is pleased to introduce the University of Portsmouth’s latest Learning at Work Programme, allowing keen learners all over Malaysia to progress under the programme. This partnership marks the first time such a programme is available in Malaysia.

Students studying for 240 credits of a Business Administration degree from entities within the BAC Education Group can progress via the Learning at Work programme to the University’s BA (Hons) Business degree and complete the final 120 credits.

BAC Education Group will allocate the learner, a work placement with a local employer and they will be able to study for the 120 credits via distance learning under the Programme. This allows the learner to gain real skills and experience in a workplace environment while also studying for the final 120 credits.

The Programme is also open to non-BAC learners with 240 credits of any recognised prior learning which enables them to top up the remaining 120 credits via the Programme.

About The University of Portsmouth

The University of Portsmouth is a progressive and dynamic university with an outstanding reputation for innovative teaching and globally significant research and innovation.

It was rated ‘Gold’ in the UK government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and was ranked in the top 150 under 50 in the world according to the Times Higher Education rankings. The University is also 21st in the Guardian’s 2019 league table and is ranked number one in the UK for boosting graduate salaries according to The Economist.

The University’s research and innovation culture is impacting lives today and in the future and addressing local, national and global challenges across science, technology, humanities, business and creative industries.

The Learning at Work Programme commenced in September 2019. Interested candidates can submit their résumés and apply to Mr Ben Chelliah at or + 603-7960003 or +6012-391 6722.