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Professional Practice
Undergraduate course
BA (Hons)

Professional Practice

International Scholarships available

Overview

A foundation year at Leeds Beckett is an ideal first step into higher education and will fully prepare you for undergraduate study. We are offering our BA (Hons) Professional Practice degree with an integrated foundation year. If you don't have the required UCAS points to be able to secure a place on the full degree programme, this foundation year will prepare you for academic life at our university.

During the foundation year, you will study four education-related modules. These will introduce you to the subjects included on each of our six routes, from childhood studies and early years with enterprise to race and education.

An additional module will develop the academic and study skills needed to successfully transition from school or the workplace to higher education and on to your full degree programme. You will also learn how to access the extensive resources and support services available here at Leeds Beckett, whether you need a hand locating specialist materials in the Library, or you need advice about personal issues.

During your second, third and fourth years you will study an average of six modules each year. Visit each of the course pages below for details of the modules offered as part of your chosen course.

BA (Hons) Professional Practice

BA (Hons) Early Years with Enterprise

BA (Hons) Race & Education

BA (Hons) Innovation & Skills for Social Change

BA (Hons) Childhood Studies

BA (Hons) Teaching & Education

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Course Features

  • 24/7 Library
  • Expert careers service
  • Part-time study available
  • TEF Silver Award
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Entry Requirements

72
POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
UCAS Tariff Points: 72 points required.

Additional Requirements


GCSE English Language at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs. If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.

International Baccalaureate

25 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu. If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website. Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.
UCAS Tariff Points: 72 points required.

Additional Requirements


GCSE English Language at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs. If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.

International Baccalaureate

25 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.
More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Professional Practice

Careers

Teaching and learning

Please note, modules in years one, two and three may be subject to change for 2020 entry. Changes will be confirmed in the course specification made available to applicants on this page from March 2019.

Core Modules

Study the connections between race, culture and society by reflecting on societies with which you are familiar. This module will also look at race as an intersectional category and a social construction that impacts the formations and enactments of culture and society.

This module will introduce you to the range of different careers options within education, childhood and early years. You will cover basic employability skills such as job searching, writing applications and interview skills, and you will learn to identify skills and qualification requirements for your chosen career.

This module will introduce you to life in Higher Education. It will help you transition from different educational, linguistic or vocationally diverse prior learning backgrounds in order to achieve success in your chosen related degree within the Carnegie School of Education.

Study different racisms across the globe, such as, Islamophobia in Germany, anti-Black racism in the USA, anti-Indigenous racism in Canada, anti-Irish racism in England. You will look at defining racisms in different settings by focusing on racialization, systems/structures/processes, interpersonal, institutional, linguistic, societal and cultural dimensions of racisms.

Through peer mentoring or buddying, you will develop confidence and the necessary skills needed to get a head start with life at university. Through group work and collaborative activities, you will reflect on your performance and engagement with the module.

Core Modules

This module will form the central spine for your personal, professional and academic development across year one.

Gain an understanding of the range and level of skills required to engage in both academic and professional work. You will be equipped to gather, analyse and present information for academic purposes in appropriate formats.

Investigate practice in your chosen area and use this negotiated topic as a vehicle through which to build your research and reflection skills. You will begin to use practice guidance, policy and academic literature to demonstrate understanding of practice in your area.

Continue to investigate practice in your chosen area and use this negotiated topic to build your research and reflection skills. You will develop the use of practice guidance, policy and academic literature to demonstrate understanding of practice in your setting.

Core Modules

This module introduces you to the use of research-generated materials, such as published academic work and government reports, in academic work enable you to build a critical perspective and acquire basic research skills.

Continue to develop the use of practice guidance, policy and academic literature to demonstrate understanding of practice in your area. You will develop the ability to present ideas and insights generated to peers and supervisors through this experiential route.

You will continue to work with an Academic Practice Coach to record your progress and development will update your Personal Learning Plan.

Explore the concepts and practice associated with self-management, a key skill set within the context of the contemporary workforce. This module will also introduce you to basic management approaches in relation to supervising those working in their practice area.

This module will mark progression to the forth in the series of negotiated independent studies and will lead you towards engaging with a Major Independent Study, should you wish to complete a BA with Honours following completion of the part time foundation and the final year of the BA.

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Core Modules

Gain the skills to critically assess the work of others, and the knowledge to begin conducting your own research.

Develop a context specific research project aligned to mental health, school leadership and the realities of your school.

You will continue to work with an Academic Practice Coach to record your progress and development will update your Personal Learning Plan. The final exit options will be central to the completion of this plan and will be developed as you engage with this module.

Develop your understanding of the concepts concerning management and leadership in your chosen area of practice.

Professor Shirley Tate
Professor Shirley-Anne Tate
Professor

As a Cultural Sociologist, Professor Tate is a qualitative researcher interested in intersectional thinking. In her writing, research and teaching she draws on Black feminist, gender, critical ‘race’, queer, post colonial and Caribbean decolonial theory within her overall focus on Black Atlantic diaspora studies and emerging identifications.

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Fees & funding

Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.
Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.

Facilities

  • Headingley Campus
    Headingley Campus

    Our historic Headingley Campus is set in 100 acres of parkland with easy access to Leeds city centre.

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

Location

Headingley Campus

Headingley Campus

Home to our first-rate sporting facilities – Headingley Campus has a rich and diverse history having played to visitors such as Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde. Set in 100 acres of parkland, with easy access to Leeds city centre, many of our buildings look out onto our grassy acre – a perfect place for hanging out, playing games and catching up with friends on long summer days. Headingley Campus has modern sport science laboratories, animation and music studios and the latest computing labs, as well as one of our libraries, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

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