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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

  • This course is delivered by the Somerset Centre for Integrated Learning (SCIL)
  • Progression pathway to full honours degree classification for those with existing qualifications in education, such as a foundation degree
  • The perfect platform to progress to Qualified Teacher Status in Primary or Early Years with a further year of postgraduate study on a PGCE course.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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.

Other information

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

Course content

Course content



  • Research Project 
  • Professional Development Planning
  • Applied Psychological Perspectives
  • Reflecting on Practice: Evaluation & Change


  • Specialism Module: Early Years
  • Specialism Module: Integrated Children's Services
  • Specialism Module: Education
Teaching and assessment

Teaching and assessment

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.



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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Fees and funding

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard fee for full-time home and EU undergraduate students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2024/25 academic year is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2024/25 academic year is £16,200 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 an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

How to apply