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Foundation Degree (FdA), Level 4 / 5

Public Service Management

The programme offers an academically and vocationally focused curriculum which develops a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the key concepts, processes and practices of working within the Public Services. This provides a challenging, employability-led curriculum, that uses work-based knowledge and real-life scenarios, allowing development of a range of transferable skills, abilities and competencies necessary for a successful career in the public sector.

The programme offers a broad base of subject knowledge for you to draw on in your working life, providing the opportunity to explore legal, theoretical and political application and acquire an understanding of strategic management processes used within public sector organisations.

Employability is a key theme of the programme and the team are currently working closely with a number of public services for students to undertake voluntary work to complement their academic programme.

Modules studied dependent upon pathway include:

Level 4:
• The English Legal System (20 credits)
• Criminological Theory (20 credits)
• Introduction to Management (20 credits)
• Introduction to the Political Environment (20 credits)
• Study Skills (20 credits)
• Employability in the Public Services (20 credits)

Level 5:
• Criminal Law (20 credits)
• Psychology of Behaviour (20 credits)
• Research Skills (20 credits)
• Multi Agency Working (20 credits)
• Human Resource Management (20 credits)
• Decision Making in Central and Local Government (20 credits)
• The Voluntary Sector and the Public Services (20 credits)

Further Study

Students successfully completing the Foundation Degree in Public Service Management can continue internally onto a Level 6 top up degree in BA (Hons) Public Service Management or BA (Hons) Business Management. Students can also progress onto a Level 6 top up degree externally in a relevant discipline.

Career Opportunities

This programme is designed to offer a route for students into a wide range of public service opportunities including but not limited to the police, fire service, prison service, customs and excise, civil service, local government, criminal justice agencies, education and charities.

48 UCAS Points including GCSE grade A*–C/9-4 or equivalent in English Language and Maths

An Access to HE Qualification

Those with previous experience or learning that is relevant may be eligible via our APL process for accreditation towards this


All external applicants must complete a satisfactory interview

The programme includes a varied range of academic and vocational assessments designed in line with employer consultation to provide you with the key skills and attributes necessary for public service working life. These include; reports; group presentations; portfolios; progress files; simulations; blogs and; open book examinations.