Do you want to boost your career prospects and improve your performance at work by studying for a degree alongside your current job? On this BA Professional Studies (Learning at work) course offered at University of Portsmouth, you'll develop transferrable skills in your choice of subject. You can tailor the course to match your professional and personal aspirations and your employer's objectives.
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Overview

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.

BA Professional Studies (Learning at work) course offered at University of Portsmouth 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.

What you'll experience

  • Choose units and study topics that match your personal and professional goals, as well as your employer's objectives
  • Develop your ability to analyse problems, research and propose solutions, and make important decisions
  • Take part in work-based learning (WBL) projects that form part of your daily workload, which ensure that the knowledge you develop is relevant to your employer's business
  • Get an optional 1-day induction in Portsmouth at the start of the course and have the opportunity to study on campus, if it suits you
  • Learn both technical skills and business knowledge
  • Develop your learning plan with the University and your employer, so you can make an effective contribution to your workplace as you learn
  • Have full access to our student support services and community including study support, sports and recreation facilities, and the Students' Union
  • Tap in to our Library's electronic resources, which you can access from anywhere with a Web connection
  • Choose a Workplace Partner to support your learning – someone at work who can offer advice, guidance, and moral support
  • Have support from an academic tutor specialising in your area of study and a University learning manager who oversees your programme
  • Use online tutorials and lectures to help you with study skills, including your analytical and writing skills

Careers and opportunities

When you finish the course, you'll have the skills and knowledge to advance your career with your current employer and boost your long-term career prospects.

Previous students have gone on to work in areas such as:

  • education
  • health
  • the military

You can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 18 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
    • Duration description

      You must complete the course within 8 years.

  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

The learning can include:

  • 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.
  • Work-based Learning 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.
  • Taught Units: You can study campus-based or distance learning units to expand your knowledge and understanding or to develop new skills in a more structured way. Previous students have studied units such as Strategic Organisational Excellence and Business Transformation through Quality Management.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    91

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • 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.

Tuition Fee

  • 120 credits – £6,170
  • 140 credits – £7,190
  • 160 credits – £8,220
  • 180 credits – £9,250
  • 200 credits – £10,280
  • 220 credits – £11,300
  • 240 credits – £12,330
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Living costs for Portsmouth

  • 710 - 1100 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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