University Progression pathways from ATHE qualifications to the University of Portsmouth

This is a call to students who are looking to undertake an Undergraduate or Postgraduate degree whilst in employment.  This opportunity is open to ATHE completers who can apply to the Learning at Work department at the University of Portsmouth for an innovative approach to gaining a degree.

The University of Portsmouth exists to be a world-class university; one that makes a difference to the world, through transformational education, research and innovation. However, to do great things, it takes more than good intentions. ATHE are proud to be a partner in this approach.

ATHE qualifications allow learners to progress to Learning at Work, which allow learners to study while working, so saving travel costs, the degree is delivered via distance learning.  Learners study a combination of mandatory modules, work based projects and optional modules.  We allocate credits for each ATHE qualification, so you study remaining credits to achieve your Degree or Masters Degree.

These Learning at Work degree pathways provide:


  • Gain a university qualification without taking a career break.
  • Opportunity to achieve professional recognition.
  • Tailor your learning to suit you and your employer.
  • Set your own timetable, objectives and deadlines, learn from subject specialists.
  • You do not need to attend University, saving on accommodation and travel costs.
  • Your existing knowledge can count towards your degree, which reduces the amount of time you need to study.
  • All teaching and learning materials can be found on the University of Portsmouth Virtual Learning Environment platform, which can be accessed anywhere at any time.


You have the unique opportunity to determine the content, which consists of work-based projects and optional taught modules.  Your study will consist of:

  • A Learning Management module – which helps you plan your learning and prepare you for doing research and writing reports.
  • Distance Learning taught modules – a selection of modules ranging from Business to Engineering to Health and Safety and many others.
  • Work-based learning projects – these are projects selected by you that are based in work, benefit both you and the employer.

For more information, please see the brochure here.

ATHE learners, who are interested in this Progression Pathway, please contact the University of Portsmouth by email: or visit their website here.

The Learning at Work degrees have two enrolments in September and January, so email us to enquire about our courses.

To view the progression routes available for the University of Portsmouth, please visit our Student Hub here.