The BA in Professional Development (BAPD) is a flexible programme that offers you as a professional an opportunity to develop as a reflective practitioner. The programme is open to professionals from a wide range of settings, for example in education, community learning, care and related areas.
This programme is studied by blended learning - a mixture of on campus and online.
The BA in Professional Development has been designed to promote and encourage the use of workplace activities as the basis for academic study. This is a route to a degree qualification for people with an HNC or HND or professional experience developed over several years. Entry to the programme is considered on an individual basis and may include a Recognition of Prior Learning Claim for which there is a charge.
The part-time degree programme focuses on professional learning and emphasises learning from experience through reflective practice. The degree also includes inquiry as a method of improving professional practice and critical evaluation of professional practice. The programme is designed for people who are working full or part-time, this can be in a paid or unpaid capacity.
Key Programme Information
At a Glance
- Learning Mode
- Blended Learning
- Degree Qualification
- 24 months
- Study Mode
- Part Time
- Start Month
What You'll Study
Compulsory courses, usually taken in first year of study:
- Professional Learning and Inquiry (30 credits) – 3 campus days or accessed online
- Professional Project 3 (30 credits) – 3 campus days or accessed online
The Teaching Qualification in Further Education (TQFE) can be studied as part of the BAPD or optional courses, totalling 60 credits, either BAPD courses below or other University of Aberdeen courses.
- Hazard and Risk in Professional Contexts (30 credits) - online
- Broadening Professional Boundaries (30 credits) - online
- Year 1
Students with 120 credit points from Accreditation or Recognition of Prior Learning will go directly into Year 2.
- Year 2
- Negotiated Independent Study 2 (ED2072) - 15 Credit Points
Carry out independent study in an area of professional interest and/or professional context to enhance work-based practice.
Plus 105 credit points from other courses as agreed with the Programme Director.
Students with 240 credit points from Accreditation of Prior Learning will go directly into Year 3.
We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.
How You'll Study
Students learn in various ways, for example by:
- working their way through course materials in the virtual learning environment MyAberdeen
- attending campus study days in person or via online access
- posting comments and blogs in MyAberdeen
- reflecting on their professional practice
- writing course work
- presenting work to other people on the course.
- Individual Projects
Students are assessed by any combination of different assessment methods:
- coursework such as blog posts, essays and reports completed throughout the course;
- presentations, using powerpoint and other methods such as posters.
The exact mix of these methods differs between individual courses.
Why Study Professional Development?
This is a flexible, part-time programme designed to fit in with and enhance your professional role.
The teaching can be accessed in Aberdeen on Saturday study days (3 Saturdays per semester) and/or online.
The BA in Professional Development at the University of Aberdeen is continually reviewed and updated on the basis of student feedback and very positive reports from our External Examiner.
The normal minimum qualification for this programme is an HND or equivalent (SCQF8). Prior Learning can be accredited up to 240 credits but 120 credits must be done at the University of Aberdeen of which 90 must be at SCQF level 9 (university year 3).
A Recognition of Prior Learning Claim may need to be made for those without an HND or equivalent (there is a charge for Recognition of Prior Learning claims).
Each student’s case will be dealt with independently and the Programme Director will have the final decision.
The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.
The information displayed in this section shows a shortened summary of our entry requirements. For more information, or for full entry requirements for Education degrees, see our detailed entry requirements section.
English Language Requirements
To study for an Undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:
OVERALL - 6.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0
OVERALL - 78 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21
OVERALL - 54 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54
Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:
OVERALL - 169 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169
Fitness to Practice Guidelines
Students undertaking Education, Medicine or Dentistry programmes must comply with the University's fitness to practise guidelines.
Fees and Funding
International non-EU Applicants
- In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
- For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.
Our Funding Database
View all funding options in our Funding Database.
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Information About Staff Changes
You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.
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