BA (Hons) Professional Studies

Top-up programme for Level 4&5 Business & Management Diploma
Awarding Body
University of Portsmouth, UK
Duration
12 MONTHS
Start Date
January / September
Study Mode
Part-time (Work-based)
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Awarding Body
University of Portsmouth, UK
Duration
12 MONTHS
Start Date
January / September
Study Mode
Part-time (Work-based)
Download
Download programme details

Programme Overview

The BA (Hons) Professional Studies is a top-up qualification to our Level 4 & 5 Extended Diploma in Management which is a 240-credit course. A Professional Studies course is a great option if there isn't a degree course available in the subject you want to study. If what you study is related to art or business, you'll graduate with a BA (Hons) degree. If the subject is science related, you'll graduate with a BSc (Hons) degree.

On this BA (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
To obtain this degree, you need to accumulate a total of 360 credits. You can get these credits in 3 ways:
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
You can get credit for the qualifications you already have, such as a business-based Foundation degree, HNC, HND or international equivalent. You may also be able to get credit for relevant business-based work experience.

This is called Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). You can use RPL for up to 240 (two thirds) of the 360 credits you need to get your degree.

Contact us to find out if you can receive RPL credit for your current qualifications or work experience.
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.

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.
Entry Requirements
Entry to BA (Hons) Professional Studies

A typical applicant would usually have post-school higher education such as an HNC, or equivalent, or part of a degree course, together with appropriate work experience.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

Course Duration

This course isn't tied to the University's timetables or academic calendar. Learners can work & complete the course at his/her own pace.

Tuition Fee

Total Programme Fee
120 credits – £6,170

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. You will have to fill out a short application form to make sure you meet the criteria.