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BA (Hons) Professional Studies (Progression Route)

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University of Suffolk on Ipswich Waterfront
UCAS code: 
Y004
Institution code: 
S82
Location: 
West Suffolk College

Duration: 

One year full-time.

Two years part-time.

Typical Offer: 

A Foundation degree (or equivalent).

Please see Entry Requirements below.

Introduction

The course focuses on management and professional issues that relate directly to the student's vocational specialism and employment. Students are encouraged to embrace the challenge of exploring new theoretical and practical ideas, applying them to real situations.

The course aims to:

  • Provide progression from Foundation Degree or HND (or similar) to a full honours degree in Professional Studies.
  • Place emphasis on autonomy and independent, self-directed learning appropriate to honours level and beyond
  • Equip students with the skills to critically appraise their working environment from professional, ethical, and sustainable perspectives.
  • Provide appropriate blended learning via formal lectures, groupwork, one-to-one tutorial support, peer support and sustained self-directed learning

Emphasis is placed on students applying and demonstrating their learning in the work place via a variety of methods, including group projects, presentations and the analysis of case studies and written assignments. A key part of assessment at Honours level is the undergraduate dissertation which is an extended piece of written work (usually 10,000 words) on a negotiated topic, or equivalent work-based project.

Assessment will take place using the following mechanisms:

  • Essays – providing opportunities for students to focus on key themes and topics within a chosen sector; to critically analyse and compare sources of information, and to demonstrate a knowledge of key issues, debates etc within a chosen sector;
  • Presentations (Group and Individual) - providing the opportunity to demonstrate skills in communication and effective use of resources required for presentation;
  • Personal Journal – enabling learners to reflect on their own personal development in relation to module learning outcomes
  • Sector- focused papers – enabling students to research and explore key issues, debates, problems and solutions influencing the contemporary professional environment relating to the chosen career path;
  • Critical review – Selecting and analysing primary and secondary resources relating to dissertation preparation;
  • Reports – for example on a specific aspect of your organisation;
  • Research proposal – Relating to the dissertation, but focusing on design skills, identification of objectives, research methodologies, design of research questions;
  • Practical work – Examining the students’ ability to work in group settings, to develop project management and monitoring procedures, effectively employ sector-specific technologies and IT, and communication skills;
  • Dissertation – A major piece of research/project of 8,000-10,000 words, potentially related to your workplace, providing the opportunity to examine a topic in considerable depth under supervision, and demonstrate rigour in the application of academic conventions relating to citation, referencing etc

Course Structure

Full-time                                                                                                                                          

Semester 1

Semester 2

Professional Development 

Organisational Strategies             

Professional Futures: Ethics and Sustainability                      

Undergraduate Dissertation

Dissertation Preparation                                                          

 

Part-time

Year 1

Semester 1

Semester 2

Professional Development 

Organisational Strategies             

Professional Futures: Ethics and Sustainability                      

 

Year 2

Semester 1

Semester 2

Dissertation Preparation                                                          

Undergraduate Dissertation

All modules are 20 credits at Level 6 except the module Undergraduate Dissertation which is 40 credits at Level 6

The course includes six “Away Days” which take place at University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College.

Away Day  - Example

Time 

Activity

11 – 11.30

Introductions

11.30 – 12.30

Year 1 students

Professional Futures; Ethics and Sustainability module introduction

 

Year 2 students

Sharing good practice in writing Dissertations

12.30 – 13.30

Lunch

13.30 – 15.30

Year 1 students

Professional Development module introduction including group activity

 

Year 2 students

Dissertation tutorial meetings

 

Year 1 students

Dissertation Preparation module introduction

15.30 – 17.30

Resource session

Induction to the library and to LearnUCS

17.30 – 18.00

Conclusions/plenary session

During the year you will carry out a business project which specialises in an area of your choice (the Dissertation).  Although much of the study takes place through a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) you still get access to all University facilities and the on-line library. Practical Support is also available from experienced tutors and there are six university days where lectures and seminars are delivered at West Suffolk College.

 

Emphasis is placed on students applying and demonstrating their learning in the work place via a variety of methods, including group projects, presentations and the analysis of case studies and written assignments. A key part of assessment at Honours level is the undergraduate dissertation which is an extended piece of written work (usually 10,000 words) on a negotiated topic, or equivalent work-based project.

Liam Nudd

"I am thrilled to get a First in my BA (Hons) Professional Studies Degree with UCS. It was hard work but I have always believed that if something is easy it isn't worth having. The support and guidance of the lecturers and support staff at UCS was crucial to enabling me to reach my potential. The flexibility of the course enabled me to work full time whilst studying and apply the theory into practice in my workplace, helping to develop my career along the way. The course overall has been invaluable to my development both as a person, and as an employee."

Sally Mason

"I am really proud to have achieved a 2:1 BA (Hons) in Professional Studies at UCS Bury-St-Edmunds.  I chose the course as it enabled me to focus on my subject specialism and continue to work at the same time.  The lecturing staff are experienced, professional and extremely student focused, with help available whenever you need it.  A great course, at a really friendly university, with great resources - highly recommended! "

 

 

Course modules

The course allows students to gain the 120 credits at Honours level, comprising of four 20 credit modules and a 40 credit undergraduate dissertation on a negotiated topic. Foundation degree graduates of any discipline may contextualise their subject specialism within the course.

Delivery of the course material makes use of Learn (the Virtual Learning Environment), with subject support tutors located at each of the Centres. Students will be given the opportunity to attend module tutorials, lectures and workshops. 

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Professional Development
Professional Futures: Ethics and Sustainability
Dissertation Preparation
Organisational Strategies
Dissertation

Career opportunities

Upon completion of the course graduates will hold a full sector specific Honours degree, allowing students to advance within their careers. Graduates can also choose to advance to postgraduate study at the University of Suffolk. 

Fees and finance

  • Full-time Tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • Part-time Tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (Please contact the Infozone for further information).
  • International Tuition fee: £10,080 p.a. 

Further Information                                        

  • Detailed information about Tuition Fees
  • Find out more about Financial Support eligibility.
  • Also see Loans and Grants.
  • At the University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with you course that you will need to budget for.  See Course Costs.

University of Suffolk covers the costs for:

  • Examination fees
  • Printing - students will be credited with the equivalent of £10 printing/copying at the start of each year. If required, additional printing is charged per sheet.
  • All essential reading on the module reading lists can be found in West Suffolk College library as short term loan or e-book.

Prepare for the costs of:

  • Parking (£2 per day)
  • The library resources are wide ranging but should you need an inter-library loan there may be a charge please check this here Library Resources
  • Essential texts £250
  • Travel costs for visits to local organisations £30
  • Visual aids to support presentations £10

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

A Foundation degree (or equivalent)

A 60 credit bridging programme is available for entrants with an HND (these credits may be achieved through an Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) process)

Also see How to Apply.

International Requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

Also see International and EU.