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BA (Hons) Human Behavioural Studies

Level 6
Course Code:
North Devon Campus
One year, full-time; Two years, part-time

This honours degree gives students the theoretical knowledge and skills to be able to leave the course in a position to be able to competently undertake successful future employment in a range of professions or alternatively take part in relevant postgraduate study.

This one-year full time course can convert the FdSc Psychological Studies or related courses to a full BA (hons) level qualification, allowing learners to complete their full degrees in North Devon.


The intention of this degree is to prepare students for work in the local area in occupations such as social work, health, education, human resources and probation to name but a few. Such a qualification would greatly increase their chances of gaining employment within the area.

As a result, the taught modules have been designed to increase students’ knowledge of the key sectors and client groups that they are likely to be working with upon graduation or completion of further training – namely young people, adults suffering from mental and physical health issues and the world of policing and crime. In addition, the fourth taught module aims to equip them with the skills to work successfully in teams, take on leadership roles, motivate others and learn how to implement conflict resolution.

The dissertation module enables individual students to address an issue of particular interest to themselves in considerable depth.
Our ongoing engagement with employers identifies the need for individuals with an appropriate level of sector knowledge, but also focuses upon the need for softer skills such as communication, inter-personal skills and experience working in public facing organisations. The programme is designed to promote progression to employment in any of the key fields by covering these key themes.
There are a variety of innovative and professional relevant assessments, including a Dissertation research project.
For application to this final level of study - the 'top up' year for the BA (Hons) Professional Development - students need to have completed the FdA Early Childhood Studies, Teaching and Learning, Early Years Practice, or a close equivalent.

Whilst having a GCSE at grade 5/4 or above in Maths, English and a Science is not necessarily a requirement of entry onto the Foundation Degree or BA (Hons) top-up, it should be noted that without these qualifications you may not be eligible to proceed to post-graduate and social work or teacher training study.

Petroc offers a range of options for learners to study towards GCSEs, some of which may be appropriate alongside degree study.
Human Behavioural Studies is relevant to a wide range of professions: students can aim to progress to roles in counselling, human resources, the police, social services and health care to name but a few. On undertaking further post-graduate training or study, they might also choose a career in Social Work, Teaching, Lecturing, Probation, Educational/Occupational/Clinical Psychology or in a range of related professions.
Based at the North Devon campus sites.
None, but bringing your own device (laptop, tablet) is encouraged.
Stationery and printing costs may be incurred for assignments.
For more information, please contact the Programme manager, Elizabeth Hall, at, or our Advice & Guidance Centre on 01271 852422.
Q: Do I need to be working in the field?
A: Not necessarily - but you will need to be eligible to work with relevant groups (provide a DBS certificate or undertake one with support) and undertake work experience in a relevant field during the Foundation Degree. This could include your current job role, and can be discussed at interview.

Q: Will this degree qualify me to do social work, clinical practice, or counselling?
A: The Foundation Degree and full Honours degree can be a route into post-graduate study towards qualification in these areas, but will not qualify you automatically as a stand-alone course. Successful completion of this BA (Hons) course could make you eligible to apply for BPS accredited post-graduate courses.

Q: Is there funding for this course?
A: For most people, yes. Student Finance can answer queries about tuition fee loans and grants and bursaries to pay for living expenses and childcare. If you need support with this, please contact our Admin office on 01271 852335.

Course Fees

Total Fee: £7250