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BA (Hons) Professional Studies (Progression Route)

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University of Suffolk on Ipswich Waterfront
UCAS code: 
Great Yarmouth College
West Suffolk College
Institution code: 

One year full-time.

Two years part-time.

Typical Offer: 

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).

Please see Entry Requirements below.


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 articulated progression from  level study at appropriate Honours level and to facilitate progression to further HE study at post-graduate level;
  • Place emphasis on autonomy and independent, self-directed learning appropriate to honours level and beyond
  • Provide opportunities for the application of knowledge, skills and understanding within appropriate Honours level assessment activities (e.g. dissertations, projects, critiques etc);
  • Develop the students’ presentational and communication skills, whether oral, written or through electronic media to professional standards
  • Encourage self-reflection and self-criticism, contextualised to own learning, performance and coursework;
  • Provide a factual or knowledge base with the emphasis on more complex/unpredictable aspects of the chosen subject;
  • Equip students to discuss aspects of their subject/profession with confidence and to enable them to appreciate where multiple solutions or ambiguity exist;
  • 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.

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. 

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

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.

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.