This degree is for you if you want a qualification that is relevant and firmly grounded in the skills and knowledge that employers are looking for in professional roles today. The course has been developed with the world of work in mind and encompasses a professional and project strand focusing on skills relevant to employers and an interdisciplinary strand looking at key contemporary issues that are facing modern professionals, including globalisation, diversity and technology. For the remaining third of your degree you can follow an interest or broaden your knowledge through the University’s huge choice of discovery modules. You can also choose to specialise in a particular area of professional development: either business management, child and family studies, learning and teaching or creative writing.
The course is of particular value for you if you can bring experience of life and work to your studies.
Interdisciplinary study is highly valued by employers because of the skills that it develops in problem solving, adaptability and analytical thinking. The degree focuses on key issues and professional practice to ensure that your learning is relevant and introduces you to how and why experts from different disciplines arrive at their positions.
There is the opportunity to take an additional year’s study through either a year in industry or a year abroad. This involves working with the University to organise a work placement or year abroad relevant to your career aspirations.
It is possible to study the course full-time over 3 years or part-time over 6 years.
We know that many mature and part-time students face unique challenges including balancing academic study with family and employment commitments. For that reason, the Lifelong Learning Centre provides specialised guidance, advice and support to mature and part-time students, from pre-application right through to graduation and beyond.
You will take two core strands each year: the professional and interdisciplinary strands. The third strand provides an opportunity to specialise in either business management, child and family studies, learning and teaching or to pursue a broader discovery strand.
In year 1 core modules will examine identity and diversity, health and society and employability. A research module will begin to develop your skills for independent enquiry and project management and you can follow your own interests and career goals through your chosen professional pathway. In year 2 you will focus on global perspectives, contemporary issues and creativity. There is further opportunity to customise the course to your own career goals through your chosen professional pathway. Finally in year 3 core modules will explore technology, new media and society and leadership. You will undertake a major research project and take two further modules in your chosen area of focus.
If you are studying part-time you will complete the course at a 50% intensity each year of study.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
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Broadening your academic horizons
At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.
Learning and teaching
Teaching is imaginative and supportive to make sure that you are intellectually stretched and helped to become an independent inquirer. Group sizes are small enough for you to engage actively and be well supported.
Assessments are varied and include essays, projects, case studies, group presentations and examinations. This wide range gives you the opportunity to work to your strengths and to gain skills in different forms of expression.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: BBB or equivalent Applicants taking a Science A-level (in England) will be required to achieve a pass in the practical element in addition to the standard A-level grade requirement.
GCSE: English and maths grade C/4 or above, or equivalent.
Select an option from the list above to view alternative qualifications.
Access to HE Diploma
60 credits overall including at least 45 credits at level 3 at Merit or above.
Distinction, Distinction, Merit
M1, M1, M1
32 overall (5, 5, 4 higher)
Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
AAABB with BC at Advanced Higher
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Applicant preference criteriaAs well as the academic requirements above, priority is given to applicants who live permanently in the UK and meet at least two of the following:
- Your permanent address is in a neighbourhood with low progression to higher education.
- You attended a school which achieved less than the national average of 5 A*-C passes at GCSE.
- You grew up in public care.
- The residual income of your household is less than £25,000
- You will be the first member of your immediate family (excluding older brothers or sisters or your own children) to achieve a degree
- Your studies have been adversely affected by circumstances in your personal, social or domestic life.
Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the Schools Undergraduate Admissions Team.
Were committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.
Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.
Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.
If you don't have the required level 3 qualifications you can complete our Alternative Entry Scheme. If you don’t have the required GCSEs, you will also be asked to take tests in English and maths. Contact the Lifelong Learning Centre for more information.
If you are a mature student or want to study part-time the Lifelong Learning Centre offers a free, confidential and impartial pre-entry guidance service. Our experienced staff can also talk to you about how you might meet the entry criteria and what support may be available to you.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information contact the Lifelong Learning Centre Admissions Team.
English language requirementsIELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
How to apply
Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.
We will treat all applications individually. We’ll take into account an applicant’s life experience and the circumstances in which they have gained prior qualifications and we encourage you to cover these things in your personal statement. We will interview shortlisted candidates.
It is also possible to study this programme part time. The programme content is the same but you will study at a lesser intensity. Find out more about how to apply, support available and the part-time student experience at the Lifelong Learning Centre.
International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If youre unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
UK/EU: See fees section below
International: £17,500 (per year)
For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250.
The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2018 will be confirmed in September 2017.
The fee is likely to increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% for 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.
The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in 2017 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. Read the full government statement
The UK government has also confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.
Thereare no upfront fees to pay. All eligible students are able to borrow the entirecost of tuition fees making study free at the point of entry, with goodrepayment terms. You are eligible ifyou are studying for 30+ credits per year on a programme which is at a higherlevel than any qualification already held. Previous study in Higher Educationmay affect your eligibility.
If you take a study abroad or work placement year, youll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.
Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.
Scholarships and financial support
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.
A qualification from the University of Leeds counts: our graduates are highly valued by employers. When you complete your degree programme you will also become part of a network of highly employable graduates. The BA Professional Studies has the relevance and breadth that many employers seek when recruiting graduates.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate.
The University and the Lifelong Learning Centre provide a range of activities to support LLC students looking to:
- explore their career options
- develop or enhance their employability skills
- gain work or voluntary experience
- prepare for promotion, review or a role change at work
- find and apply for jobs
On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.
Find out more at the Study Abroad website.
Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.
Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.