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BA (Hons) Professional Studies (Progression Route)

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University of Suffolk on Ipswich Waterfront
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West Suffolk College


One year full-time.

Two years part-time.

Typical Offer: 

A Foundation degree (or equivalent).

Please see Entry Requirements below.


  • An outstanding degree classification profile (50% of students achieved a First Class Honours degree in 2017)
  • Excellent levels of pastoral and academic support
  • Provides strong employability and networking opportunities
  • Offers opportunities to tailor assessments to professional role or sectors and industries which interest you
  • Delivered by a team of highly qualified and approachable lecturers
  • An innovative and professionally relevant course 

Smaller class sizes providing students with more time to explore and debate topics in depth

Great levels of support for all students

All of our teaching is delivered by our highly qualified, enthusiastic and supportive staff

Our varied and innovative teaching methods include lectures, seminars, work based assignments, visiting speakers, workshops, group presentations  and online support.

Innovative asssessment methods including essays, reports, e-portfolios, presentations, literature reviews, group work and a dissertation, to develop and test a wide variety of skills and abilities

Career and networking opportunities in relevant sectors

Great opportunities for team working, study groups and making lifelong friendships

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;
  • Leadership and Professional Development Plan - evidence based portfolio to reflect skills and competencies
  • 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

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

Study Day Example



11 – 11.30


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


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 Learn

17.30 – 18.00

Conclusions/plenary session

For those students who have not completed a research module at level 5 a further study day will be scheduled to provide guidance and support in the planning and preparation of a Dissertation at level 6.

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.







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

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, either an MBA or professionally relevant Masters. 

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.


Subject to approval of maximum fee by parliament                    

  • Full-time Tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • Part-time Tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credit module (Please contact the Infozone for further information).
  • International Tuition fee: £11,500 p.a.

Further Information                                                

  • Detailed information about Tuition Fees.
  • Find out more about Financial Support eligibility.
  • Also see Loans and Grants.
  • At 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 your 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.


    Course Leader for Business

    Lecturer - Professional Studies