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2020/21 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA Professional Studies

Programme code:BA-PSUCAS code:L390
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Catherine Bates Contact

Total credits: 360

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


3 A Levels grade BBB or equivalent

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.

Applicants progressing straight from School must meet two WP criteria

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

Lifelong Learning Centre

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Professional Studies Examination Board
within the Lifelong Learning Centre

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

There are no Subject Benchmarks currently published by the QAA for multi-disciplinary honours degree programmes of this sort and none against which the BA Contemporary and Professional Studies can be assessed meaningfully.

Development of the professional strand of the degree has been informed by elements of the General Business and Management (2007) subject benchmarks.

Programme specification:

Interdisciplinary study is highly valued by employers in the UK and internationally because of the skills that it develops in problem solving, adaptability and analytical thinking. The BA Contemporary and Professional Studies is a new and distinctive interdisciplinary degree. It 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 be able to appreciate the significance of working across subject boundaries and recognise how this might be applied to resolve problems in the workplace and more broadly. The degree makes ample provision for you to follow-up the questions that matter to you through a University-wide choice of specialist modules and independent research projects that feature at each level of study.

Three strands run throughout the degree:

Interdisciplinary Strand : This strand will help you to appreciate the distinctive insights and questions of different academic disciplines. You will explore interdisciplinary thinking as a way of engaging with contemporary issues through modules on:
-Culture and diversity
-Health, wellbeing and the common good
-Global issues; global thinking
-Contemporary thinking and its impact
-Communication and new media

Professional and Project Strand: This strand focuses on skills relevant to employers and will encourage you to make links between academic and professional perspectives. Core modules consider:
-Business acumen, enterprise and the changing world of work
Professional studies: designing futures
You will also undertake three projects through the course of your degree culminating in a dissertation module in your final year. This will develop your skills of independent inquiry and provide opportunity for you to work in depth on issues of your own choice.

Broadening Strand: Each year, a third of your programme is set aside for you to choose modules from the huge range of disciplines offered across the University. You could, for example, explore scientific understanding, develop skills in a foreign language or delve into a particular specialism that is of interest to you. Programme staff will discuss your options to help you to make choices that develop your academic interests and career potential.

Teaching on the degree is imaginative and supportive to make sure that you are intellectually stretched and helped to become independent inquirers. Group sizes are small enough for you to engage actively and be well supported by your tutors and peers. Assessments are varied and include essays, projects, case studies, group presentations and examinations. This wide range gives opportunity for students to work to their individual strengths and to gain skills in different forms of expression.

Throughout your studies there will be support to help you to use your time at university to maximise your opportunities for career development. The BA Contemporary and Professional Studies has the relevance and breadth that many employers seek when recruiting graduates and you will acquire skills and knowledge that can be applied directly in work settings.

Year1 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

LLLC1395Exploring Diversity20 creditsSemester 1
LLLC1396Employability in a Changing World20 creditsSemester 1
LLLC1397Health and Society20 creditsSemester 2
LLLC1443Introduction to Research and Ethics20 creditsSemester 2

Optional modules:

Candidates may study 0-40 credits of optional modules

LLLC1040Creative Writing Workshop20 creditsSemester 1, Semester 2
LLLC1080Safeguarding Children - Family Support and Child Abuse20 creditsSemester 1
LLLC1369An Introduction to Childhood and Child Development20 creditsSemester 2
LLLC1370Children, Young People and Families, Policy Development20 creditsSemester 2
LLLC1411Working With Others in Children's Services20 creditsSemester 1
LLLC1412Exploring the Digital World20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
LLLC1414Introduction to Typical and Atypical Child Development20 creditsSemester 2
LLLC1415How Do Learners Learn20 creditsSemester 1
LLLC1417Inclusion and Special Educational Needs and Disability20 creditsSemester 2
LLLC1423Human Resource Management20 credits1 Sep to 31 Jan
LLLC1433Writing Science-fiction, Fantasy & Horror20 creditsSemester 2
LLLC1441Introduction to Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility20 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth)
LLLC1442Business Accounting20 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth)

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study 0-40 credits of discovery modules

Year2 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

LLLC2263Global Perspectives20 creditsSemester 1
LLLC2264Creativity, Work and Change20 creditsSemester 2
LLLC2265Exploring Contemporary Issues20 creditsSemester 1
LLLC2300Planning and Developing a Research Project20 creditsSemester 2

Optional modules:

Candidates may study 0-40 credits of optional modules

LLLC2060Child Welfare - Research, Policy and Practice20 creditsSemester 2
LLLC2202Curriculum and Assessment in Teaching and Learning20 creditsSemester 2
LLLC2219Coaching and Mentoring in the Workplace20 creditsSemester 2
LLLC2222Violent and Sexually Offending Young People20 creditsSemester 2
LLLC2223The Application of Counselling Skills in Learning Settings20 creditsSemester 2
LLLC2228Using Stories to Develop Learning20 creditsSemester 1
LLLC2240Marketing20 creditsSemester 1
LLLC2242Leadership and Change Management20 credits1 Sep to 31 Jan
LLLC2248Script Writing20 creditsSemester 1
LLLC2250Project Management20 credits1 Sep to 31 Jan
LLLC2260Education Perspectives and Policy20 creditsSemester 2
LLLC2262Travel and Journalistic Writing20 creditsSemester 2, Semester 1
LLLC2268Introduction to Dyslexia20 creditsSemester 1
LLLC2277Management Decision Making20 credits1 Jan to 31 May
LLLC2283Young People, Families and Mental Health20 creditsSemester 1
LLLC2284Changing Children's Life Chances20 creditsSemester 1
LLLC2285Working with Change, Conflict and Crisis with Children and Families20 creditsSemester 2
LLLC2287Creative Writing Workshop Two20 creditsSemester 2
LLLC2289Adolescent and Middle Years Development20 creditsSemester 2
LLLC2290Children Looked After and Their Experiences of The Care System20 creditsSemester 1

Discovery modules:

Candidates will be required to study 0-40 credits of discovery modules

Year3 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

LLLC3964Project/Dissertation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
LLLC3967Technology, New Media and Society20 creditsSemester 1
LLLC3977Leadership for a Changing World20 creditsSemester 2

Optional modules:

Candidates may study 0-40 credits of optional modules

LLLC3945An Introduction to Autism20 creditsSemester 2
LLLC3958Contemporary Issues and Debates in Child and Family Studies20 creditsSemester 2
LLLC3966Who do you think you are? Exploring Learning Identities20 creditsSemester 1
LLLC3970Issues and Ethics in Professional Practice20 creditsSemester 1
LLLC3971Strategic Management20 credits1 Jan to 31 May
LLLC3973Operations Management20 credits1 Sep to 31 Jan
LLLC3974Innovation and Enterprise20 credits1 Sep to 31 Jan
LLLC3976Playful Learning: using game philosophy to develop new approaches to learning and teaching20 creditsNot running in 202021
LLLC3983Creative Interventions in the City20 creditsSemester 1
LLLC3985Management Consultancy20 credits1 Jan to 31 May

Discovery modules:

Candidates will be required to study 0-40 credits of discovery modules

Last updated: 25/09/2020 13:46:02


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