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University Campus St Albans

University Campus St Albans (UCSA) is a joint venture between the University of Hertfordshire and Oaklands College. This is an innovative collaboration between the two institutions to enable people with experience and/or academic qualifications to gain the recognition and accelerate their studies in quite unique ways.  All degrees are validated by the University of Hertfordshire.

UCSA offers courses in Business, Leadership & Management, Construction and Engineering. Most students are in employment and may have been out of education for some time. Delivery is either on a Saturday or day/block release.


Key Programmes and Courses


  • Fast Track Construction Management Degree Apprenticeship  with ILM accreditation
  • Construction Site Management Degree Apprenticeship (validation pending) with CIOB accreditation

Higher Education

  • Accelerated BA (Hons) Business Management and Innovation (2 years part time) with ILM accreditation
  • Top up BA (Hons) Business Management and Innovation (1 years part time) with ILM accreditation
  • Accelerated BA (Hons) Leadership and Professional Development (1 year part time) with ILM accreditation
  • Top Up BSc (Hons)  Engineering with Management (1 year part time)
  • Accelerated Foundation Degree Merchanting Management  (1 year part time)

Support for Employers

Bespoke short courses and consultancy available upon request.

Why Us?

UCSA offers forward thinking part time blended delivery degree programmes (developed in collaboration with the University of Hertfordshire) that are designed for people with busy work and home schedules. We also provide unique pathways into our programmes where learning from experience can be recognised and accredited.

Part time student loans and maintenance grants are available with nothing to pay back until after completion of the degree. A lack of prior qualifications is also not necessarily a barrier to studying.

Most of our programmes are dual accredited with relevant Professional Bodies.

UCSA provides  progression pathways for people who are:

  • Usually in employment, having missed out on educational opportunities first time around and seeking to accelerate their studies by gaining recognition for prior learning at work.
  • In both employment and study and seeking to top up their studies to an honours degree from a Higher National Certificate/Diploma or equivalent programme.

Key Achievements

92% Students who expressed high satisfaction rates in the 2018/19 National Student Survey.
85% of students achieved a 2:1 or first class honours degree
Gold All students undertake degrees awarded by the University of Hertfordshire who achieved Gold in the TEF Awards 2019 Award

Our Unique Offer

Our part time programmes combine 5 key interlocking features that make our offer unique:

  • Tailor made programmes for part time students fitting learning around work
  • Accelerated part time study pattern
  • Blended delivery combining small group workshops combined with on line learning
  • Recognition for prior experience or learning which counts towards the degree - this is known as the Accreditation of Prior Learning
  • Personalised Learning – apply the learning to your work context and learn together in small groups (be a name not a number)

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