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Professional Practice (Top-Up)
Undergraduate course
BA (Hons)

Professional Practice (Top-Up)

International Scholarships available

Overview

Open up the door to greater job opportunities by topping up your qualification to degree level with this vocational top-up course that will help you gain recognition from employers. 

Designed for those who have completed a foundation degree, HND or similar level 5 qualification, this course will help you build on your existing knowledge and enhance your academic skills to propel you towards the next step in your career.

Depending on your previous experience and learning, we will tailor your degree to suit your ambitions. You will study part-time during evening classes, working with a mentor to raise your confidence and gain an enhanced theoretical grounding in your chosen field.

You will develop your intellectual, critical and reflective skills to a high standard and will complete a final major research project in an area linked to your workplace. You will be encouraged to analyse your decision making and to reflect on your practice, helping you to generate new ideas for use in your current job and in future roles.

This flexible course will allow you to fit your study around your work. A personal mentor will guide you through your learning and will help to steer you in the right direction towards your career goals.

With a wide range of expertise available, you will be able to tap into resources from all over the university to fine tune your qualification into an individual programme of study.

You will also have access to our dedicated employability and placements office who can help with advice and guidance on CV and letter writing, interview techniques, assessment centres and psychometric tests.

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.

Visit our Distance Learning Website

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
  • TEF Silver Award
  • University accommodation

Entry Requirements

Additional Requirements


GCSEs:
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.
Interview & Portfolio:
We conduct interviews as part of the admissions process and suitable applicants will be invited to an interview - interview dates will be published in due course. At interview you will be required to present your portfolio that should evidence your skills, experience and knowledge.

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.

Additional Requirements


GCSEs:
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.
Interview & Portfolio:
We conduct interviews as part of the admissions process and suitable applicants will be invited to an interview - interview dates will be published in due course. At interview you will be required to present your portfolio that should evidence your skills, experience and knowledge.

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 (Top-Up)

Careers

Teaching and learning

Core Modules
Research Methods

Major Independent Study

Professional Development

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.

Dr Doug Martin
Dr Doug Martin
Course Director
Following a successful career as a practitioner, service manager and strategic leader in the care and education sectors, Doug became a policy writer and moved into higher education. Through his research, he investigates the complex issues impacting on vulnerable children, young people and families. He is a school governor and has been director, chair and advisor to a variety of voluntary sector organisations. He is also a member of the Leeds School Forum, taking an active role in helping to shape schooling in the city.
The course team are keen to ensure that those who have not had the opportunity to get a degree after leaving school, get the chance to progress through their study with us.

Fees & funding

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

Facilities

  • Headingley Campus Library
    Headingley Campus Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing round-the-clock 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.

  • Headingley Campus
    Headingley Campus

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

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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