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First cohort of Flexible Curriculum Framework students celebrated at Crewe Hall

Manchester Metropolitan University celebrated the first cohort of students completing a first-of-its-kind Flexible Curriculum Framework accredited qualification at a ceremony at Crewe Hall.

Friday 10 March, 2017

This innovative new programme is Manchester Met’s first offer under a Flexible Curriculum Framework that offers accredited custom-designed degree level units to businesses and organisations. It was designed by Trevor Brown, Enterprise Fellow in Business and Management in partnership with the NHS Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit.

The benefit of the Flexible Curriculum Framework is that it not only allows the University to provide exactly the content wanted by the customer but it also permits units of any size or level, leading to a range of University awards and the potential to progress to a full undergraduate or postgraduate degree.

This is the first Commissioning Support Unit in the country to have a dedicated and bespoke programme such as this. The programme is a key element in expressing their value and quality and adds a unique aspect to their offer to the NHS.

A first cohort of 10 students started on a one-year Level 4 programme in September 2016. They are now studying a Level 5 programme consisting of four units, an impressive achievement alongside their full-time managerial roles.

This innovative approach promotes further participation in Higher Education by allowing the students to study in a way more flexible than a full time programme and enabling participants to ‘try out’ university level learning. Some organisations may prefer smaller blocks of study rather than committing to send their employees on standard undergraduate or postgraduate programmes. This gives employees the opportunity to experience university level study and enhances access to higher education for students from a wide range of educational and professional backgrounds.

Professor Christine Horrocks, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Manchester Met’s Cheshire campus said: "This innovative programme is Manchester Metropolitan University’s first offer under a Flexible Curriculum Framework that allows us to offer accredited custom-designed degree level units to businesses across the country.

"The benefit of the Framework is that it not only allows us to provide exactly the content wanted by the customer, in this case the NHS, but it also permits units of any size or level, leading to a range of university awards and the potential to progress to a full undergraduate or postgraduate degree.

"Congratulations to everyone involved in the development of this initiative and the delivery of the programme."

For more information please on the Flexible Curriculum Framework please contact Angela Gill. Angela.gill@mmu.ac.uk