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Day Release Degree

The Day Release Degree in Business Studies allows you to work in a diverse range of departments so you can gain valuable knowledge of how the business works. Classic Collection Holidays currently employs two members of staff who are enrolled in the scheme at the University of Chichester as well as a third team member who graduated in 2016. 

Classic Collection Holidays is an award-winning tour operator based in Worthing. Established in 1988 Classic have been selling luxury tailor-made holidays for nearly 30 years. As a leading independent specialist tour operator Classic is dedicated to providing high level customer service in the UK and overseas.

Harry Miller:

“The Day Release Degree in Business Studies has been a great opportunity for me to gain invaluable work experience alongside achieving a degree in Business Studies. It has allowed me to relate business theory to real life situations in the work place.

Being able to move about the company throughout my course is very beneficial as I get to experience the different departments within Classic Collection Holidays which coincides with the varied business modules. This also allows me to apply what I learn at university throughout the business for a positive impact on the company.

The course modules are wide-ranging, however always have an important link to the business work place and contain lots of knowledge to take forward throughout my career. The University structure has been great with the one day a week, split into a morning and afternoon session which works well.”

Georgina Searle:

“The Day Release Degree in Business Studies is a great opportunity to learn while you work. The lectures are fun and relaxed and gives you a better understanding of the different aspects of a business. At the beginning of the degree, I felt unsure of how I was going to balance University and work. Now, being half way through my second year, I can see how the two interact together. I know the degree is helping me become a better employee with the relevant skills I can use in the future.

The modules cover every procedure of a business, which I can put into practice with my experience at Classic Collection Holidays. Although the degree can be hard at times, and it takes a great deal of motivation, it is good to know you have the experience while also gaining a qualification.

Classic Collection Holidays is an amazing place to work for the day release degree because they allow you to see all areas of the business by moving into different departments. This has helped me with the different modules by learning and putting my knowledge into practice at work. Along with the University, both are a huge support system by making sure I get the most out of the degree with getting the best mark I can in my assignments.”

Classic Collection Holidays’ experience with the Day Release Degree programme over the past four years has prompted them to recruit a Degree Apprentice under the new Chartered Management Degree Apprenticeship programme beginning in September 2017. They are also looking to identify Degree Apprentices in future years as part of their “pipeline of talent”.  

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For more information on the Chartered Management Degree Apprenticeship contact Andrew Adams, Business Development Manager, at the University of Chichester Business School, Mob: 07796 655247, email: or visit our Degree Apprenticeship page.