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About the course

Are you currently in full time employment? Could your career prospects benefit from an undergraduate business degree? Delivered flexibly using a blended learning approach, you’ll study a range of theories and concepts to help you develop in your current role and build a platform for further professional development.

Students study a range of theories and concepts relevant to contemporary business issues and the management of change - developing the flexibility, knowledge, skills and confidence to expand their role and improve career prospects.

Through four intensive weekend tuition sessions, online study and workplace learning, students are able to tailor their studies to their current employment and develop specialised knowledge and skills, as well as building a foundation for future studies and professional development.

Think you’re ready to take the next step in your professional career with a degree qualification? The flexible learning approach of Southampton Solent’s business (professional development) degree is the ideal way to help you achieve this while remaining in full- or part-time employment.

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The course is taught via blended learning, enabling part-time study whilst working full-time.

What does this course lead to?

This course will deliver the skills and knowledge you need to advance in your current organisation, or to apply for higher-level business roles at organisations across the public and private sectors.

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for those who are already in full-time employment and would like a degree to progress their career.

Project work can be applied directly to an employer’s business, making this ideal for those who work for organisations with specific business challenges.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2017/2018 academic year are:
UK and EU part-time fees: £7,500 total course fee
International part-time fees: Students from outside the EU are usually unable to obtain a visa for part-time study. Please visit our visas and immigration page for more information.

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2017, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.
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Key entry requirements

  • Merit profile at FHEQ Level 5 of a Business related HND
  • Successful completion of a relevant FDA
  • Successful completion of level 5 of a relevant and comparable degree
  • Successful completion of a business HND or equivalent course
  • Participants must be engaged in suitable employment (paid or unpaid)

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component-TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 3039

How to apply

Part-time and distance learning courses

Applications for part-time and distance learning courses are made directly to the University and can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. Please contact the admissions office for further details, contact details are at the top of the page. 

Please click the link below and complete the online application form to apply:

Apply for BA (Hons) Business (Professional Development)

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What you'll study

Core units

Work-based Project Preparation

In this unit you’ll propose, research and plan for your work-based learning project, building background understanding and knowledge and developing a good grasp of the scope and nature of the research required.

Project Literature Review

This unit provides an overview of literature reviews and discusses the process of conducting a review. Through your own literature review you’ll gain a greater understanding of the wider context of your proposed project.

Current Business Issues

This unit examines some of the most important issues currently faced by business organisations, raising your awareness and preparing you for the challenges of decision-making in business.

Comparative Business Models

This unit helps develop your ability to recognise and evaluate businesses’ strategic processes, with a particular focus on the implications of the current economic climate for managers in the public sector.

Management of Change

On this introductory overview of change in organisations, you’ll be assisted in taking a conscious view of the changes that are made in organisations and understand how to transform the experience into a positive one for the learning organisation.

Work-based Project

You’ll carry out the individual project you proposed and planned in the Work-Based Project Preparation unit. The complexity and application of the project will vary depending on your level of experience and the opportunities available within the employing organisation.


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Susan Patrick academic profile Susan Patrick Head of Subject View profile
Andrëa Faustino academic profile Andrëa Faustino Course Leader View profile
Bryn Parry academic profile Bryn Parry Senior Lecturer View profile
Claire Hughes academic profile Claire Hughes Associate Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

Regular class sessions and frequent tutor contact are a key element of the course. In addition to your work-based learning  projects, the course provides access to industry networking events hosted by the school.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

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