• 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.


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