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 is particularly relevant if you can bring work experience to your studies.
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. 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.
There is the opportunity to extend your studies through either a year in industry or a year abroad where you can gain valuable skills and experience relevant to your career aspirations.
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, creative writing 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 or discovery route. 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 or discovery route.
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.
Details of typical modules/components for our courses will now be published after July 1st (instead of May 1st), due to current limitations as a result of covid-19. These details may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Throughout your degree you will benefit from the range of opportunities, expanding your intellectual horizons outside or within your subject area.
This course gives you the opportunity to choose from a range of discovery modules. They’re a great way to tailor your study around your interests or career aspirations and help you stand out from the crowd when you graduate. Find out more about discovery modules on our 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 enabling you to engage actively and be well supported.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
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 a wide range of professional skills.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: BBB or equivalent
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 with 45 graded credits at Level 3, with the majority of credits at Distinction and no credits below Merit
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
Please contact the LIfelong Learning Admissions Team
Applicant preference criteria
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 / 9-4 passes (including English and Maths) at GCSE or attaintment 8 score at GCSE in a state school. We use the All England State funded attainment 8 score, excluding applicants from selective and/or independent schools.
- 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, those who will be over 21 at the point of entry. Further consideration will be given to the life experience of mature applicants and the circumstances in which they gained prior qualifications.
Applicants progressing straight from school must meet two of the above applicant preference criteria.
Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the Schools Undergraduate Admissions Team.
Alternative Entry Scheme for Mature Applicants
If you are a mature applicant (over 21 at the point of entry) and if you don't have the required A Level or GCSE qualifications, you can complete our Alternative Entry Scheme. As part of this you may be asked to take tests in English and maths and to write an essay. 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.
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.
Your application will be reviewed by the Admissions team. If you’re successful you’ll be invited to an interview which will involve a piece of writing and you'll be asked to complete a Supplementary Form. If you’re entering through the Alternative Entry Scheme you’ll be sent details after your interview.
If you’re made an offer you’ll be asked to engage with KickStart. This is a pre-entry programme designed to ease your move into studying at the University of Leeds. You’re welcome to contact us for further information.
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.
UK/EU: See fees section below
International: £19,500 (per year)
Undergraduate tuition fees for 2020 entry
For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2020, the fee for 2020/21 will be £9,250.
The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. Fees for UK and non-UK EU undergraduate students are decided by Government and may vary if policy changes.
The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in the 2020/21 academic year will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course.
UK undergraduate tuition fees for 2021 entry
For UK full-time students starting in 2021, the fee for 2021/22 will be £9,250.
The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. Fees for UK undergraduate students are decided by Government and may vary if policy changes.
EU students starting in 2021/22
EU students starting their course in the 2021/22 academic year or later will now be classed as international students and so will need to pay the international student tuition fee.
You will study at 50% intensity (60 credits) each year of your course. Fees for 2020/21 are £4,625 (50% of £9,250). The fee you are charged in future years will be calculated as a proportion of the full-time fee agreed for that year.
There are no upfront fees to pay. All eligible students are able to borrow the entire cost of tuition fees making study free at the point of entry, with good repayment terms. You are eligible if you are studying for 30+ credits per year on a programme which is at a higher level than any qualification already held. Previous study in Higher Education may affect your eligibility.
Tuition fees for a study abroad or work placement year
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.
Fees for part-time courses 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.
Depending on your circumstances, non-repayable financial support is available from the Leeds Financial Support scheme.
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 Professional Studies BA has the relevance and breadth that many employers seek when recruiting graduates. Interdisciplinary study is highly valued by employers because of the skills that it develops in problem solving, adaptabilty 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.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
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. Find out more at the Careers website.
On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. We have over 300 University partners 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.