• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 2-6 years
  • School: Education & Social Work

The BA Professional Development course 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.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

 

This course 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 course has named awards in the following areas:

Especially designed for graduates from the TQ (FE) course 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 course 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.

I thought long and hard about going back to studying after such a long break, however, the only regret I have is not starting sooner. The BAPD is a fantastic course which allows you to develop your professional skills while working towards a degree. I would encourage anyone thinking about returning to study to go for it. The module choice is good and the tutor support is excellent.

Richard Pool, Employer Relations Co-ordinator in the Careers Service
Studying for the BA Professional Development (Leadership & Management)

If you are employed in a professional capacity, then the question should be why wouldn't you do this course?

John Currie

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

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TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

How you will be taught

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

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 course has 2 levels which are matched to the Scottish Credit and Qualifications framework level 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 course includes core modules:

  • Leading Inquiry 
  • Professional Project

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

The course has 2 levels which are matched to the Scottish Credit and Qualifications framework level 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 course 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 course includes core 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 course has 2 levels which are matched to the Scottish Credit and Qualifications framework level 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 course includes core modules:

  • Leading Inquiry 
  • Professional Project 
  • Engaging Communities

and one optional module.

What you will study - BA Professional Development in Volunteer Management

The course has 2 levels which are matched to the Scottish Credit and Qualifications framework level 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 course 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 course includes core modules:

  • Leading Inquiry 
  • Professional Project 
  • Volunteer Management

and one optional module

The BA Professional Development course is a work based course designed to widen access to learning 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 you will be located in work-based contexts, this course will enable 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.

Graduates from the BA Professional Development course

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

The course 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

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.

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Fees for students starting 2017/18

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2017/18
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

Although this is an Undergraduate course, for operational reasons we run applications through UCAS Postgraduate (UKPASS).

You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate (UKPASS) website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.

You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the How to Apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.

  Degree Course Code
Apply NowProfessional Development BAP060403
Apply NowProfessional Development in Community Engagement BAP060425
Apply NowProfessional Development in Leadership & Management BAP060440
Apply NowProfessional Development in Tertiary Education BAP060441
Apply NowProfessional Development in Volunteer Management BAP060442