This degree is for you if you want a qualification that is relevant and firmly grounded in the skills and knowledge that employers are looking for in professional roles today. The course has been developed with the world of work in mind and encompasses a professional and project strand focusing on skills relevant to employers and an interdisciplinary strand looking at key contemporary issues that are facing modern professionals, including globalisation, diversity and technology. For the remaining third of your degree you can follow an interest or broaden your knowledge through the University's huge choice of discovery modules. You can also choose to specialise in a particular area of professional development: either business management, child and family studies, learning and teaching or creative writing.
The course is of particular value for you if you can bring experience of life and work to your studies.
Interdisciplinary study is highly valued by employers because of the skills that it develops in problem solving, adaptability and analytical thinking. The degree 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.
There is the opportunity to take an additional year's study through either a year in industry or a year abroad. This involves working with the University to organise a work placement or year abroad relevant to your career aspirations.
It is possible to study the course full-time over 3 years or part-time over 6 years.
We know that many mature and part-time students face unique challenges including balancing academic study with family and employment commitments. For that reason, the Lifelong Learning Centre provides specialised guidance, advice and support to mature and part-time students, from pre-application right through to graduation and beyond.
You will take two core strands each year: the professional and interdisciplinary strands. The third strand provides an opportunity to specialise in either business management, child and family studies, learning and teaching or to pursue a broader discovery strand.
In year 1 core modules will examine identity and diversity, health and society and employability. A research module will begin to develop your skills for independent enquiry and project management and you can follow your own interests and career goals through your chosen professional pathway. In year 2 you will focus on global perspectives, contemporary issues and creativity. There is further opportunity to customise the course to your own career goals through your chosen professional pathway. Finally in year 3 core modules will explore technology, new media and society and leadership. You will undertake a major research project and take two further modules in your chosen area of focus.
If you are studying part-time you will complete the course at a 50% intensity each year of study.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: BBB or equivalent Applicants taking a Science A-level (in England) will be required to achieve a pass in the practical element in addition to the standard A-level grade requirement.
GCSE: English and maths grade C/4 or above, or equivalent.
A qualification from the University of Leeds counts: our graduates are highly valued by employers. When you complete your degree programme you will also become part of a network of highly employable graduates. The BA Professional Studies has the relevance and breadth that many employers seek when recruiting graduates.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate.
The University and the Lifelong Learning Centre provide a range of activities to support LLC students looking to:
Read more at Careers support for LLC students and on the University's Careers website.
Study abroad and work placements
On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.
Find out more at the Study Abroad website.
Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.
Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.