The Customised Awards Scheme (CAS) is an innovative scheme which allows you to design your own degree to suit your career aspirations or personal interests. It is available at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and allows you to specialise in a subject or a combination of subjects where a named Single Honours or Combined Subjects Programme does not exist.
Each course of study is individually constructed to ensure that it has academic integrity and coherence. The title of the award can be individually negotiated or you can be awarded a general degree in Customised Studies.
Teaching and assessment will be defined by the range of subjects undertaken and presented in your subject specifications. Depending upon the range of modules taken, you will be exposed to a variety of teaching, learning and assessment methods as determined by the individual module descriptors.
Core and optional modules are negotiated for each individual subject. Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
For undergraduate students taking a degree course at Stage 1, there is a CAS core module – CSP121 Skills for Success in CSP/CAS.
Where students are required to take CSP121, this module is delivered by a combination of class taught sessions, use of the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), email correspondence and face-to-face sessions to allow students to assess their personal, academic and career goals and to facilitate the achievement of those goals. This is a pass/fail module and the assessment consists of a portfolio of formative and summative work produced during the module.
The Scheme will include the following in full-time and part-time modes:
Due to the nature of the Scheme, the admissions requirements are flexible and negotiable. However, degree routes will normally request the minimum qualifications for entry which are at least a grade C at GCSE in English and Mathematics or L3 Key skills qualifications, with 102 UCAS tariff points or equivalent.
Subject specific admission requirements will be defined by the Director of Study. Students with non-traditional qualifications and work experience are welcome to discuss entry with the Scheme leader.
For other routes within the Scheme, students will be admitted at the discretion of the Scheme leader.
The tuition fees for this course will vary depending on whether you wish to take an undergraduate degree, a postgraduate degree or individual modules.
Contact the Scheme leader Freda Cook to discuss your personal circumstances: firstname.lastname@example.org
This information was correct at the time of publication.
CAS graduates are well placed to enter a wide range of careers, having had the opportunity to develop a range of transferable skills and qualities that employers value.