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What makes Professional Practice special?

If you are currently working in a professional area, such as early years, children's services or elsewhere in the education sector, this Professional Practice course will enable you to enhance your skills and expertise within your chosen area, furthering your professional development.

A skilled professional constantly evaluates their performance, striving to meet both current and future demands, and facilitating positive change in the workplace. This programme will equip you with the skills and knowledge to help you engage proactively with the professional challenges encountered in your role and to share expertise and insights with colleagues from other professional contexts, promoting an inter-disciplinary approach to learning.



Key features


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"Studying at the University of Worcester (via The Learning Institute) has provided me with the opportunity to study to degree level from home, without having to relocate. Close-knit peer groups and excellent tutors have supported my learning journey."

Charlotte Tierney, Professional Practice graduate

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

120 credits at Level 4 HE
120 credits at Level 5 HE

Applicants must have current experience of working in a relevant professional setting.

A Disclosure and Barring Service check is required for this course

Other information

If your qualifications are not listed, please contact the Admissions Office for advice on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

Course content

What will you study?


  • Independent Study (triple module)
  • Specialism module (double module in either early years, children's services or education)
  • Professional Development Planning
  • Applied Psychological Perspectives
  • Reflecting on Practice: Evaluation & Change
Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.


You will be allocated a personal academic tutor who will support you through tutorials as well as in support of two key modules over the year: the independent study and the specialism study.

You are taught through a combination of lectures and seminars supported by tutors. In sessions, interactive learning activities take a variety of formats and are intended to enable the application of learning through discussion and small group activities.

Contact time

In a typical single module you will have 10-hours contact hours of teaching. You will be expected to complete learning activities before and between sessions.

You will have an introductory 5-hour session for the independent study and the specialism module followed by timetabled tutorials, some of which are accompanied by group seminars. The specialism module also includes online learning activities supported by an e-tutor.

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 15-20 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for final assessments.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the library resources with extensive electronic learning resources and Blackboard, the virtual learning environment.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes professional practitioners from across the fields of study covered by the degree programme. Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy and is based on considerable experience of practices in the field.


The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or 'formative' assignments. Each module has one or more formal or 'summative' assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.

Assessment methods include the independent study, portfolio, essay, case study and reflective evaluation.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year are set out in the module outline, the handbook for each module.


You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

In person teaching from September

We intend to start the academic year as planned in September 2020.

For many years, the majority of our teaching has taken place in small group settings such as seminars, laboratory classes, tutorials, clinical simulation and other practical sessions. We are planning to continue to teach these in person, while strictly following the Government safety guidelines in place at the time.

Other sessions will be delivered through a blend of in-person and online learning. You can read more about this approach in our coronavirus FAQs.


Where could it take you?

Completion of this course can enable you to apply for postgraduate study in education or other related areas. Many graduates continue their studies and career development through postgraduate training programmes for primary teaching (e.g. Postgraduate Certificate in Education) or the early years teacher status, alternatively applying for Masters qualifications.

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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2020/21 is £12,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Professional Practice BA (Hons) Top-up Degree X370

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.



Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

The Learning Institute Recruitment and Admissions Team