Professional Practice Top-up award BA (Hons) - Part Time

This NEW course is aimed at those wanting to enhance their current practice through professional development.

Full Time - 1 Year

Part Time – 2 Years

Delivered at Halesowen College in partnership with Newman University

The aims of the programme are to:

  • Promote a commitment to your ongoing personal and professional development through establishing a reflective practice approach to your practice
  • Give you an opportunity to link theory and practice, to critically analyse different approaches and develop the necessary skills to be a reflective professional
  • Develop the capacity to understand, develop and apply models of reflective practice to understand and approach workplace issues
  • Develop academic and research skills to enable you to make professional judgement based on evidence-based practice
  • Enable you to clarify your personal philosophy through examining your beliefs, values and attitudes in the workplace and critically review theory and evidence to make informed decisions

Students are required to complete their studies in adherence to the General Academic Regulations. Each of the modules and the dissertation will enable you to explore subjects in greater depth in relation to your own professional practice. You will be able to choose the focus of your dissertation to reflect your individual interests and support your professional practice.

What do I need?

Entry requirements for this programme are designed to be flexible. It is anticipated that many of the students applying for a place on this course will have completed a Foundation Degree or an equivalent Level 5 professional diploma. Other potential students may have completed 120 credits at Level 4 and 60 at Level 5 and would therefore lack 60 credits at Level 5 to progress onto the BAPP. It is proposed that these students produce an Accreditation for Previous Experiential Learning (APEL) portfolio. Furthermore, Students will normally have sufficient credit and experience to develop a portfolio that captures their certified and experiential learning.

All applicants should have a minimum 100 hours of experience in a relevant and recent (within the last 5 years) work place. The 100 hours of experience should be in a sustained block or regular work experience. Reflection on the work place context is a key feature of the assessments in the BAPP top-up programme. Students will be expected to reflect upon previous or current work place experiences. Applicants must negotiate with a relevant work place to use the setting to inform their research adhering to their policy and protocols.

Where can it take me?

Graduates from the BA Single Honours Professional Practice Top-up programme will be very well positioned to apply for;

  • QTS through schools direct or PGCE or assessment only routes
  • Postgraduate courses (e.g. EYITT, research degrees and taught higher degrees)
  • Pursue further responsibility within the work place

Additional information

A full range of modules are listed below:

  • PPU602 Research Methods Study 20 credits Mandatory
  • PPU603 Professional Reflection and Intellectual Enquiry 20 credits Mandatory
  • PPU604 Professional Leadership and Change 20 credits Mandatory
  • PPU605 Applied Psychological Perspectives 20 credits Mandatory
  • PPU601 Dissertation 40 credits Mandatory

By studying the BA Single Honours Professional Practice Top-up programme, you will have the opportunity to develop both a wide subject knowledge and enhance your considerable inter and intra personal skills needed to operate effectively within the increasingly multi-professional sector. You will have the opportunity to develop specific skills such as criticality, writing, oral communication and presentation skills, including the ability to think logically and construct arguments and research skills. On successful completion of the course, you will be equipped to progress on to a wide range of postgraduate programmes.

How to apply

Full Time applications via UCAS

UCAS Code: X300

Part Time applications via the Newman website


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