• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 2-6 years
  • School: Education & Social Work
  • Study Abroad: No
  • Study Mode: Part Time+Distance Learning

The BA Professional Development programme allows you to specialise in your field of expertise and develop the skills and adaptability required to respond effectively to the changing demands of your professional workplace.

 

This programme will help you to develop more effective practice in your own profession. You will be required to study your own practice; to explore ways in which you can test new ideas and to explore modules of continuing professional development, applying them to your own circumstances.

In addition to a general award of BA Professional Development, the programme has named awards in the following areas:

Especially designed for graduates from the TQ (FE) programme who would like to continue studying towards a degree. The BAPD is ideally suited to work-based professionals as it allows you to enhance your knowledge and skills in relation to your practice context.

Designed for professionals across a wide range of professions and occupations mainly in the public and third sectors. It aims to allow you to develop more effective leadership and management practice within your own role and organisation.

In line with the Scottish Government Social Justice and Inclusion agenda, this degree has been specifically designed for those involved in community engagement, whether working in public or third sectors or as part of a local partnership. The aim of the programme is to enable participants to develop and enhance professional knowledge and skills in community engagement, community capacity building, collaborative practice and sustainable development, at a time when consultation, partnership and collaborative working are increasingly important in the delivery of public and community-based services.

This degree aims to enhance good practice in the management of volunteers by presenting a range of frameworks, models and theories to help participants increase knowledge and skills in volunteer management and in professional development. The module has been developed in consultation with third sector organisations, practitioners and managers in order to enhance opportunities for continuing professional development in managing volunteers.

Who should study this course?

The programme is suitable for people from a wide range of backgrounds, including management, administration, tertiary education, community learning, social work and health who work in public, private or third sector contexts.

The following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.

The programme has flexible entry and exit points allowing you to enter at a level appropriate to your level of education and experience. You are encouraged to seek credit for prior formal learning and for experience. Recognition of experiential learning is available for up to 50% of the level to which you are applying.

  • for entry to level 7, you need 3 Highers or equivalent
  • for entry to level 8 you need the equivalent of 120 credits
  • for entry to level 9, the equivalent of 240 credits

English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall6.5
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0

 English Language Requirements

How you will be taught

This programme is delivered through online distance learning, allowing participants to continue in employment and study in their own locality. Individualised tutor support via phone and email tutorials, optional study workshops and group tutorials are key features of the programme. 

The BAPD involves blended learning, with online module materials, optional workshops and individual tutor support.

How you will be assessed

Assessment is through written assignments and project reports.

What you will study - BA Professional Development in Tertiary Education

The programme has 3 levels which are matched to the Scottish Credit and Qualifications framework level 7, 8 and 9. Certificate and diploma levels each consist of six 20 credit modules and the degree level consists of four 30 credit modules. Completion of a Level 9 TQ(FE) award (60 SCQF credit points) or equivalent is a requirement for this named award. 

The programme includes code modules:

  • Leading Inquiry 
  • Professional Project

What you will study - BA Professional Development in Leadership and Management

The programme has 3 levels which are matched to the Scottish Credit and Qualifications framework level 7, 8 and 9. Certificate and diploma levels each consist of six 20 credit modules and the degree level consists of four 30 credit modules. 

The programme aims to:

  • Develop personal skills and leadership qualities to enhance managerial effectiveness
  • Develop further the underpinning knowledge, attitudes and transformational leadership skills required to lead and manage within the participant's respective area of practice
  • Promote a wider understanding of managing change within organisations
  • Enhance further career development opportunities and promote lifelong learning
  • Facilitate progression in higher education to degree level

The programme includes code modules:

  • Leading Inquiry 
  • Professional Project 

Specialist module:

  • Management & Leadership Strategies 

and one optional module.

What you will study - BA Professional Development in Community Engagement

The programme has 3 levels which are matched to the Scottish Credit and Qualifications framework level 7, 8 and 9. Certificate and diploma levels each consist of six 20 credit modules and the degree level consists of four 30 credit modules. 

The programme includes code modules:

  • Leading Inquiry 
  • Professional Project 
  • Engaging Communities

and one optional module.

What you will study - BA Professional Development in Volunteer Management

The programme has 3 levels which are matched to the Scottish Credit and Qualifications framework level 7, 8 and 9. Certificate and diploma levels each consist of six 20 credit modules and the degree level consists of four 30 credit modules. 

The programme aims to:

  • Promote a critical understanding of the theories and policies which underpin management and leadership of volunteers
  • Foster the commitment of participants to professional values, practice and on-going professional development in leadership and management of volunteers
  • Develop effective practice in the management of volunteers
  • Engage in work-based inquiry which will enhance professional practice

The programme includes code modules:

  • Leading Inquiry 
  • Professional Project 
  • Volunteer Management

and one optional module

The BA Professional Development Programme is a work based programme designed to widen access to learning for participants from a range of professional contexts including management, administration, further education, community engagement, social work and health, in public, voluntary and private sector agencies. 

As students are already located in work-based contexts, this programme enables you to focus on and progress in your field of expertise and to develop new transferable knowledge, skills and abilities. This enhances continuing professional development, promotion prospects and career development.

The specialised named awards in Leadership and Management, Tertiary Education, Community Engagement and Volunteer Management respond to identified workforce and skills development needs in Scotland, the UK and beyond.

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

 Find out more about fee status

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2016/17
Scottish and EU students £1,250 per 60 credits
Rest of UK students £1,250 per 60 credits
Overseas students (non-EU) £4,000 per 60 credits
Fee categoryFees for students starting 2017/18
Scottish and EU students £1,250 per 60 credits
Rest of UK students To be confirmed
Overseas students (non-EU) To be confirmed

Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government.

Rest of the UK students can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loans Company.

Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students are guaranteed for the length of your course. This means that the tuition fee you pay in your first year (shown above) is the same fee you will pay for each year of your course. We guarantee that this will not increase while you are studying with us. The only exceptions to this are our MBChB Medicine, BSc Medical Sciences and BDS Dentistry degrees which charge a different tuition for the clinical years.

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We require a copy of your birth certificate and a copy of your qualification certificates with your application form. If you wish to claim credit for an existing qualification you also need to send a copy of the relevant certificate(s)

Course Contact

Admissions Administrator
Education and Social Work
esw-apply@dundee.ac.uk
+44 (0)1382 381122



Degree UCAS Code
Professional Development BADIRECT-5085