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Lifelong Learning Centre

Professional Studies BA

(Full time / Part time) 2017 start

Key facts

UCAS code: L390

Duration/Mode:
3 years full time
6 years part time

Typical A-Level offer: BBB or equivalent

Full entry requirements

UK/EU fees: To be confirmed
International fees: To be confirmed

Study abroad option:
This course has a study abroad option

Work placement option:
This course has a work placement option

Contact us

LLC Professional Studies Admissions

caps@leeds.ac.uk

0113 343 3212

Overview

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 or learning and teaching.

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.

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.

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.

Course content

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 project 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.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year one

Compulsory

Module codeTitleCredits
LLLC1382Research Project (1)20
LLLC1395Exploring Diversity20
LLLC1396Employability in a Changing World20
LLLC1397Health and Society20
ODLM1000Studying in a digital age5
Year two

Compulsory

Module codeTitleCredits
LLLC2257Research Project (2)20
LLLC2263Global Perspectives20
LLLC2264Creativity, Work and Change20
LLLC2265Exploring Contemporary Issues20
Year three

Compulsory

Module codeTitleCredits
LLLC3964Project/Dissertation40
LLLC3967Technology, New Media and Society20
LLLC3968Understanding Leadership20

For more information on typical modules, read Professional Studies BA Full Time in programme catalogue

For more information on typical modules, read Professional Studies BA Part Time in programme catalogue

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.

Assessment

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

Entry requirements

A-level: BBB or equivalent

GCSE: English and maths grade C or above, or equivalent.

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.
We actively encourage applications from mature students. Further consideration will be given to the life experience of mature applicants and the circumstances in which they gained prior qualifications.

Alternative qualifications

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.

BTEC

Distinction, Distinction, Merit

Cambridge Pre-U

M1, M1, M1

International Baccalaureate

32 overall (5, 5, 4 higher)

Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

AAABBB

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

AAABB with BC at Advanced Higher

Welsh Baccalaureate

Please contact the LLC Admissions Team

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Alternative Entry

We’re 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 formal qualifications for immediate entry to a degree course, our Alternative Entry Scheme takes account of your work and life experience. It usually involves an interview and one or more pieces of work, set and marked by the relevant admissions tutor. 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.

International

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information contact the Lifelong Learning Centre Admissions Team.

English language requirements

IELTS 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 you’re 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.

Admissions policy

Lifelong Learning Centre Undergraduate Admissions Policy

Fees

UK/EU: To be confirmed
International: To be confirmed

For UK and non-UK EU students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250, subject to parliamentary approval of changes to higher education funding. We anticipate that we will be able to confirm the 2017 fee in October. 

The fee may increase in future years of your course, as permitted by law. 

Read more about undergraduate fees and the impact of the EU referendum on fee status

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, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

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.

For example, in 2016/17 depending on your circumstances up to £2,500 non-repayable financial support was available for full-time study and up to £1,250 for part-time study from the Leeds Financial Support scheme.

Career opportunities

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.

Careers support

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

Read more at Careers support for LLC students and on the University’s Careers website.

Study abroad

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.

Work placements

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.