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The Learning Institute

BA (Hons) Professional Practice top-up degree (September 2020)

Key features

  • A qualification for those working in a professional environment such as education, early years or children's services.
  • A progression pathway to a full honours degree for those with an existing qualification in a related field such as a foundation degree.
  • The perfect platform to progress on to Qualified Teacher Status in Primary or Early Years via a further year of postgraduate study, either on a PGCE course or via the School Direct programme.
  • Accredited by the University of Worcester and delivered by The Learning Institute in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire and London.



Entry requirements 

The BA (Hons) Professional Practice is a progression pathway to a full honours degree for anyone who has recently completed a relevant foundation degree, equating to 240 credits combined at levels 4 and 5. It is expected that all applicants will have current experience of working within relevant professional environments. A valid Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be required.

About the course  

The BA (Hons) Professional Practice (BAPP for short) provides you with the opportunity to deepen your knowledge and skills within your chosen field to meet the current and future demands of your role. The programme is accredited by the University of Worcester and delivered by The Learning Institute at venues across Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire and London. The BAPP encompasses a blended learning approach, enabling you to share and pursue varied and professionally relevant themes and expertise with colleagues from other professional contexts, promoting an interactive and meaningful approach to learning and the learning environment.

The blended learning approach synthesises direct contact time such as lectures, workshops and tutorials with directed and independent studying and the University of Worcester’s innovative virtual learning environment. You will develop a profile of skills, achievements and experiences enabling you to flourish and be successful in your studies and equipping you for lifelong learning and future employment.

As a student you will have high quality support from an Academic Tutor who will guide you through your Independent Study, and Specialism Tutors who will provide the specialist content knowledge you require for successful completion of your chosen pathway. Understanding and learning is assessed through the completion of various formative activities, formal or summative assignments for each module, which are graded and count towards the overall module grade, the compilation of a professional portfolio and reflective evaluations.

You will be expected to attend nine full taught sessions and a minimum of eight group or individual tutorials across the year. In between your taught sessions you will undertake around 15-20 hours of personal self-study per week, with plenty of opportunities to pursue areas that are of interest.

What can you expect to study? 

The overview of current modules available on this course is set out below. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Core Modules (15 credits each)

· Professional Development Planning – a critical analysis of your professional journey.

· Applied Psychological Perspectives – an examination of a range of psychological perspectives applied to: the developing child; teaching and learning; motivation and professional relationships.

· Evaluation and Change Within the Professional Context – an examination of evaluation strategies and application of these to your own work context.

Independent Study (45 credits)

This module will enable you to engage in extended independent study focusing on a key issue that you wish to research in depth. The module utilises a number of related skills, developed through your degree. You will be required to engage in systematic, professional inquiry in a rigorous and self-critical manner, which will provide you with opportunities for personal, institutional and professional development.

Specialism Module (30 credits  -three optional pathways)

This module supports you in developing the skills you will need to analyse and reflect upon the concepts and principles of a specific aspect of professional work within your work context. There are three possible pathways that can be undertaken through the specialist module which will affect your degree descriptor. Each optional pathway is further broken down into modular choices depending on your field of interest.

  • Early Years
  • Education
  • Integrated Children’s Services

Career progression  

This programme provides the perfect platform from which to progress on to postgraduate training programmes, such as Initial Teacher Training (ITT), leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or masters level study.

How much will it cost and how do I apply? 

Course fees for academic year 2020-21 are likely to be £9,250.

Students who are currently studying with The Learning Institute will usually apply directly through their SOLE page.

External applicants need to apply through UCAS, the central organisation through which all full-time Higher Education applications are processed in the UK. Apply here with the following codes:

University code: W80

Campus code: I (capital i)

Course code: X370

To find out more, please contact us:  |  07956 056447