Higher Education

Professional Practice Top-up Award BA (Hons)

Full-Time + Part-Time

Overview

Course Duration
1 Academic Year

Attendance (2018-19)
Full time: Monday 4.30-9.00pm - Part time: Monday 6.00-9.00pm
(may be subject to change)

Course fees (2018-19)
Part time: Home/EU students £9,250* (total course fee)

  • Fees shown are for 2018/19 academic year. The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

How to apply

About this course

The BA (Honours) Professional Practice is a top-up degree designed for those wishing to advance their professional practice in the workplace.

The course will encourage professionals from a range of settings to define their personal philosophy and to refine their professional practice by engaging in critical and analytical reflection.

Students will enhance their understanding of theory by engaging in individual and collaborative research activities. They will be provided with opportunities to relate theory to practice and to evaluate their capacity to embrace and facilitate change in the workplace.

Students will be equipped with the skills required to make a significant impact on their own workplace practices and to positively influence those of others.

What will I learn?

As a full-time undergraduate student, you will study a total of 120 credits each year. Credits are made of mandatory modules and they are listed below. Modules are 20 credits and the dissertation is 40 credits.
As a part-time undergraduate student, you will study a total of 120 credits. You will study 80 credits in year one and 40 credits in year two. Credits are made of mandatory modules and they are listed below. Modules are 20 credits and the dissertation is 40 credits.

Part Time
Year 1

  • PPU602 Research Methods
  • PPU603 Professional Reflection and Intellectual enquiry
  • PPU604 Professional Leadership and Change
  • PPU605 Applied Psychological Perspectives

Year 2

  • PPU601 Dissertation

Full Time
Year 1

  • PPU602 Research Methods
  • PPU603 Professional Reflection and Intellectual enquiry
  • PPU604 Professional Leadership and Change
  • PPU605 Applied Psychological Perspectives
  • PPU601 Dissertation

Module Overview

Research methods
This module aims to equip students with key knowledge, understanding and skills to enable students to engage with research at undergraduate dissertation level. Students will be introduced to knowledge and skills necessary to understand literature evaluation, research design, data and information collection techniques, data analysis and interpretation and academic writing.

  • Contact Hours: Scheduled: 28.00 Independent: 172.00 Placement: Total: 200.00
  • Method of Assessment: Component 1 - 100% Portfolio (3000 words equivalent)

Professional Reflection and Intellectual enquiry
This module focuses on personal development as a professional in the workplace. To help analyse issues surrounding professional enquiry students will be introduced to a range of theoretical positions including reflection, biographical approaches and life history in order to critically investigate professional experience and identity.

  • Contact Hours: Scheduled: 28.00 Independent: 160.00 Placement: Total: 188.00
  • Method of Assessment: Component 1 - 100% Reflective Evaluation (3000 words)

Professional Leadership and Change
This module provides students with the opportunity to gain a reflective understanding of the current issues around leadership, with a particular focus on the management of change. This will involve developing a range of skills, knowledge and understanding concerned with team membership, management and leadership as well as pertinent theories to support becoming an effective leader. Theoretical perspectives and research on leadership and management will be presented and analysed in order to increase students’ understanding and appreciation of the roles and values of professionals from a range of backgrounds. Students will also participate in activities that will enable them to learn from their own and others’ experience of leadership and management in practice in order to develop their own leadership and management strengths.

  • Contact Hours: Scheduled: 28.00 Independent: 160.00 Placement: Total: 188.00
    Method of Assessment

  • Component 1 - 30% 10 minute presentation (1000 word equivalent)

  • Component 2 - 70% Evaluative Report (2000 words)

Applied Psychological Perspectives
This module examines key ways in which psychology contributes to understanding both individual and organisational aspects of professional practice. Individual, group and societal processes will be critically considered, as a basis for supporting professional development, interventions and decision making more generally. The module emphasises the ways in which a professional identity emerges interactively as a “psychological object” and ways our subjective mental states and larger dynamic processes shape and challenge these processes. Space will be given to divergent approaches to problem solving, acceptance and optimising professional performance. Conflict between different psychological stances (including rival theoretical models) will be highlighted to support critical engagement with the topic. Intrapersonal and relational approaches will be included.

  • Contact Hours: Scheduled: 28.00 Independent: 160.00 Placement: Total: 188.00
  • Assessment Method: Component 1 - 100% Essay (3000 words)

Dissertation
In this double module we invite students to select an educational topic of personal interest to be explored through field research in real educational settings and reported in a written study of some 10,000 words. The dissertation is designed to enable students to investigate educational phenomena that hold particular interest for in them and actively encourages the exercise of originality and personal autonomy. The module aims to draw and build upon students’ previous knowledge and experience.

  • Contact Hours: Scheduled: 28.00 Independent: 344.00 Placement: Total: 372.00

Method of Assessment
* Component 1 - % Presentation of Research Proposal (10 minutes)
* Component 2 - % Presentation of Field Research in Progress (10 minutes)
* Component 3 - 100% Study (10,000 words)

What do I need?

Entry requirements are flexible and recognise a range of academic qualifications (with normally a Level 5 qualification required), as well as relevant work experience.

Additional Information

Contact Details
Sarah Pedder (Higher Education Director)
spedder@halesowen.ac.uk
0121 602 7640

If you have previously completed a Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training please contact Helen Davies at Newman University who will outline further entry requirements of the course before you start in September.
Helen Davies (Senior Lecturer, Education & Professional Studies)
0121 476 1181 (ext. 2478)
H.Davies@newman.ac.uk