BA / BSc (Hons) in Professional Studies

Student will undergo the Level 4&5 Diploma in Business Management and complete the final year with University of Portsmouth
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18-24 MONTHS
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Awarding Body
University of Portsmouth
18-24 MONTHS
Start Date
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Programme Overview

This BSc (Hons) Professional Studies Learning at Work course you'll develop transferable skills in your choice of subject. You can tailor the course to match your professional and personal aspirations and your employer's objectives.

The course is work based, so you'll need to be in a full-time, part-time or voluntary role to do it. The way you learn is flexible, so you can study wherever is most convenient for you and schedule your studies around your existing commitments.

You'll get to put the skills you learn to work instantly in your job, contributing to the success of your company. When you complete the course, you'll improve your career prospects and have the skills and knowledge to perform more effectively in your job.

Course Content

Level 4 Modules

BUS401 - Communications in Organisations ( 20 Credits )
Communication is the key to effective operations and working effectively with others. Throughout this module, learners will grasp a range of communication techniques used for a variety of commercial purposes.
BUS402 - Leadership and the Organisation (20 Credits)
To look at the important function of management which helps to maximize efficiency and to achieve organizational goals.
BUS403 - Financial Awareness (20 Credits)
In this module, learners will compare and contrast some examples of good and bad financial decision making and the impact on the business.
BUS404 - Managing Change (20 Credits)
To provide the learner with an understanding of the key concepts of managing change and knowledge in a business setting.
BUS405 - Business Operations (20 Credits)
This module looks at the administration of business practices to create the highest level of efficiency possible within an organization.
BUS406 - Developing Teams (20 Credits)
This module aims to develop project management skills for a work-based team project by implementing the different stages of project development, implementation and review.

Level 5 Modules

BUS501 - Customer Management (20 Credits)
This module looks on the systems, processes and applications needed to manage the customer relationship.
BUS502 - Business Development (20 Credits)
This module focuses on the creation of long-term value for an organization from customers, markets, and relationships.
BUS503 - Effective Decision Making (20 Credits)
Learners will complete exercises in effective decision making throughout this module to equip with the right skills to make good decisions as the leaders.
BUS504 - Responding to the Changing Business Environment (20 Credits)
The aim of this module is to enable learners to understand the range of performance measures needed to analyse and determine business environment, and the change processes that can then be used to improve organisational performance.
BUS505 - Risk Management and Organisations (20 Credits)
This module focuses on the process of identifying, assessing and controlling threats to an organization's capital and earnings and to prepare for the unexpected by minimizing risks and extra costs before they happen.
BUS506 - Business Models and Growing Organisations (20 Credits)
This module looks at the business models to create the growth of the organisatons and rationalizing of how organisations create, deliver, and capture values, in economic, social, cultural or other contexts.

Final Year Modules

Work-based learning (WBL) projects
Most of your learning will come from work-based learning (WBL) projects. These are projects that are valuable to your employer, which you complete at work. For example, developing an IT solution for your organisation. You'll research, analyse and present a well-reasoned recommendation to your employer as a professional report.

These projects won't involve activities you do in your day-to-day job as they need to involve new learning for you. You'll do most of the work for these projects in your normal working hours.
Taught modules
You can study campus-based or distance learning modules to expand your knowledge and understanding or to develop new skills in a more structured way.

Modules that previous students have studied include Information Systems Management, Introduction to Financial Management and Business Systems Development.

We'll also encourage you to take modules that develop your longer-term transferable skills. Previous students have studied modules such as Strategic Organisational Excellence and Business Transformation through Quality Management.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
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Entry Requirements
Entry to Level 4 Diploma in Business Management

Learners who have demonstrated some ability and possess qualifications at Level 3 or high school equivalent award

Should be at least 18 years old

Entry to Level 5 Diploma in Business Management

Completion of Level 4

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is through coursework for level 4 & 5 and the final year is assessed by undertaking Work-Based Learning (WBL) projects valuable to your employer.

Course Duration

This course can be completed in 18 to 24 months.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning is the recognition of non-certified learning towards a full unit or a qualification. You are able to gain credits using your previous regulated or unregulated qualifications or work experience. You can submit your CV for an evaluation of the RPL eligibility here.

Tuition Fee

Total Programme Fee
Please contact admissions office to get details on the latest tuition fee.

Frequently Asked Questions
What is included in the cost of my programme?
  • All course material, including online modules and written assignments
  • Personal tutor support with online sessions
  • Dedicated student support
  • Access to an online community learning forum
  • Assignment marking and feedback
Am I eligible for this programme?

You are eligible if you meet our stipulated entry requirements.

Will there be an interview?

There is no interview process.

Enrol in Level 4&5 Diploma (Equivalent to First 2 Years)
You will be enrolled to the final year upon completion of Level 4 & 5
Standard Route

Easy Monthly Payments

Access to LMS
Easy 12 instalments
Complete in 12 months
Unlimited tutor support
Requires submitting 1 assignment per month
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Flexi Mode

Academic Pathway

Free Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Access to LMS
No monthly payments
Complete at your own pace
Priority support
Unlimited tutor support
Dedicated counselor
No additional bank charges
Career guidance & advise
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Easy Monthly Payments

Access to LMS
Easy 6 instalments
Complete in 6 months
Priority support
Unlimited tutor support
Requires submitting 2 assignments per month
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Total Fee £3,200

Payment Terms
Pay in Full: £3,200

  • Installment plans are available on request. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information!
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