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2018/19 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA Interdisciplinary Studies with Preparation for Higher Education

Programme code:BA-INTDIS/STUCAS code:
Duration:1 Year Method of Attendance: Part Time
Programme manager:Lynne Cade Contact address:e.a.cade@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 60

Entry requirements:

GCSE English grade A*- C or 9 - 4 or equivalent
GCSE Maths grade A*- C or 9 - 4 or equivalent
Attended a school which achieved less than the national average of 5 A* - C or 9 - 4 passes (including English and Maths) at GCSE

For applicants wanting to progress to:

Dental Hygiene: 5 GCSEs at grade C or 4 or above including English Language, Maths and either Chemistry and Biology or Dual Science.

BSc Nursing (Adult): Normally 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, to include Maths, English and 2 science subjects

BSc Nursing (Child): Normally 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, to include Maths, English and 2 science subjects

BSc Nursing (Mental Health): Normally 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above to include Maths, English and 2 science subjects

BSc Midwifery: normally 5 GCSEs at grade C or 4 or above, to include Science, Maths and English.

BSc Radiography: 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above to include Maths, English and Science.

BA Social Work: 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above to include Maths and English

Priority is given to applicants who live permanently in the UK and who 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*/7- C/4 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.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

Lifelong Learning Centre

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Foundation programmes Examination Board within the Lifelong Learning Centre

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Programme specification:

The BA Interdisciplinary Studies is a four year extended degree. It is designed for applicants who do not currently meet admissions criteria for direct entry to a degree and who can benefit from a programme that begins with a foundation year which provides intensive, well structured support to enable development of academic skills and knowledge. The programme is part of the University's commitment to widening participation and priority is given to applicants whose earlier learning has been diminished by adverse circumstances or limited opportunities and support.

The foundation year of the programme is delivered by the University's Lifelong Learning Centre (LLC) on a part-time basis with participants attending the University in the evening and on some Saturdays. Students progress from the foundation year to a wide range of degree programmes (both full-time and part-time) at the University in subjects that include Social Science, Law, History, Social Work, English, Nursing, Education, Dental Hygiene and Therapy or Computing. Staff work closely with students during the foundation year to help them to identify the degree choices that are most appropriate for them and to monitor their progress towards achieving their goals.

During the foundation year, students receive an intensive introduction to the academic and personal skills that are necessary for success as an undergraduate at the University of Leeds. This includes a module either in data handling or information literacy and opportunity to study a subject discipline in more depth. The importance of helping students to prepare for employment or career enhancement following graduation is recognised from the very beginning of the programme and staff will help students to make the most of opportunities for professional development both in their formal studies and in the wider community of the University.

There is a strong emphasis during the foundation year of the programme on helping participants to develop skills for success. Teaching is imaginative and supportive to make sure that students are intellectually stretched and helped through any sticking points in their learning. Group sizes are small enough for individuals to engage actively and be well supported by their peers. Methods of assessment during the foundation year reflect those that students will find later in their degree in order to ensure that learners are well prepared for their continuing study. The LLC regards assessment as a key way of enabling students to learn by doing and makes sure that feedback from tutors supports this process.

Members of the LLC staff team are dedicated to helping students with all aspects of their progress and there will be regular one-to-one meetings with each individual to help learners to plan for and achieve their goals. For subsequent years of the programme, this individual support is provided by the School in which the student is taking their degree but the LLC continues to be available right up to graduation.


Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

LLLC0119Academic and Personal Development20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 10 credits from the following optional modules

LLLC0144Data Handling10 creditsSemester 1
LLLC0145Applied Information Literacy10 creditsSemester 1

Candidates will be required to study 30 credits from the following optional modules

LLLC0146People in Society30 creditsSemester 2
LLLC0148Understanding Child Development and Learning30 creditsSemester 2
LLLC0149Human Biology30 creditsSemester 2

Last updated: 30/04/2018

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