BA (Hons) Professional Studies (Progression Route)


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This course enables recent Foundation Degree (FdA/FdSc) or Higher National Diploma (HND) graduates to progress on to achieve an Honours degree. The course has been specifically designed to enable continued study in chosen vocational areas and allows students to build on credits already achieved.

The course focuses on management and professional issues that relate directly to the student's vocational specialism and employment. Students are encouraged to embrace the challenge of exploring new theoretical and practical ideas, applying them to real situations.

The course aims to:

  • Place emphasis on autonomy and independent, self-directed learning;
  • Provide opportunities for the application of knowledge, skills and understanding within appropriate Honours level assessment activities (e.g. dissertations, projects, critiques etc);
  • Emphasise the mechanics of scholarship in relation to academic work, research activities etc.
  • Develop the students’ presentational and communication skills, whether oral, written or through electronic media;

  • Encourage self-reflection and self-criticism, contextualised to own learning, performance and coursework;
  • Provide a factual or knowledge base with the emphasis on more complex/unpredictable aspects of the chosen subject;
  • Require the use of in-depth, analytical case studies;
  • Require application of a range of practical subject-specific techniques and approaches;
  • Equip students to discuss those aspects of their subject in which confidence can be placed, and to enable them to appreciate where multiple solutions or ambiguity exist;
  • Provide appropriate levels of one-to-one support and academic guidance.

Content and Modules

The course allows students to gain the 120 credits at Honours level, comprising of four 20 credit modules and a 40 credit undergraduate dissertation on a negotiated topic. Foundation degree graduates of any discipline may contextualise their subject specialism within the course.

Modules include: Professional Futures: Ethics and Sustainability, Organisational Strategies, Professional Development, Dissertation Preparation, and a Dissertation. 

Delivery of the course material makes use of LearnUCS (the Virtual Learning Environment), with subject support tutors located at each of the Centres. Students will be given the opportunity to attend module tutorials, lectures and workshops at all three Centres. 

Further Information

Emphasis is placed on students applying and demonstrating their learning in the work place via a variety of methods, including group projects, presentations and the analysis of case studies and written assignments. A key part of assessment at Honours level is the undergraduate dissertation which is an extended piece of written work (usually 10,000 words) on a negotiated topic, or equivalent work-based project.

Upon completion of the course graduates will hold a full sector specific Honours degree, allowing students to advance within their careers. Graduates can also choose to advance to postgraduate study at UCS.

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What is included in your tuition fees

At UCS your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for.

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At a glance details

UCAS Code:

Y004 BA/PrS

Typical Offer:

A Foundation degree (or equivalent)


A 60 credit “bridging” programme is available for entrants with an HND (these credits may be achieved through an Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) process)


UCS Bury St Edmunds|(campus code B)


UCS Great Yarmouth|(campus code Y)


One year full-time or two years part-time

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