Public Services - Foundation Degree

Course Code: TH1HE153

UCAS Code: LL43


Next available course:

Start DateLocationDuration / Fees
13/09/2021University Centre2 Years / £8,750 per yearEnrol
13/09/2022University Centre2 Years / £8,750 per yearApply

Course Overview

Course timetable                                                                                         

Duration: 2 days per week
Day/s of week: Monday and Tuesday
Time: 9.00am - 5.00pm
Indicative Delivery: 75% On-site at the University Centre Campus and 25% On-line

If you want a career in the uniformed public services or a management role in the non-uniformed public services then this two-year foundation degree is for you. It provides the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to begin related employment or, if you’re already employed, to move up the ranks. Past students have gone on to achieve career success with the Emergency Services, National Probation Service, Armed Forces (Officer level), HMRC, Criminal Justice Agencies and the Civil Service. Others choose to progress to our one-year BA (Hons) top-up programme, which provides higher level skills for a wider range of opportunities.


Entry Requirements

A minimum of 48 UCAS points in an appropriate discipline:

  • DD from A levels in appropriate discipline
  • PPP from Extended Diploma or MP from Diploma in appropriate discipline
  • Pass Full Access to Higher Education Diploma in relevant discipline

Applicants who are able to demonstrate relevant work/life skills or knowledge will also be considered on an individual basis

Qualification Obtained

FdA Public Services

Career Options and Progression

Assessment Methods


Most courses are assessed via a combination of coursework and exams – the percentage weighting of each of these is outlined below. Coursework might range from written tasks and assignments to the collation of a portfolio of evidence based around a work placement. Coursework differs from exams in that it is usually non-timed and carried out independently.


Exams are formal, timed written assessments, carried out in a controlled environment and overseen by one or more invigilators. They assess your grasp of the theory and underpinning knowledge related to your chosen career area. The opposite of practicals, they require you to set out your practical understanding within an academic context. Some courses have no exams – the exam/coursework ratio is outlined below.


Practical assessments identify your technical ability to apply theory to hands-on tasks in your chosen career area. They can be timed or non-timed and involve observation of your practical skills and competencies, either in a work-based environment or a dedicated College setting that closely resembles the workplace. Practical work-based assessments are supported and carried out by a trained assessor.

Assessment MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Course Structure

Level 4 Modules

Contemporary Social ProblemsTH4MD24720Mandatory
Mental and Physical ResilienceTH4MD24820Mandatory
Applied PsychologyTH4MD24920Mandatory
Business EnterpriseTH4MD25020Mandatory
Multi Agency Approach Major IncidentTH4MD25120Mandatory
Introduction to Academic StudyTH4MD31820Mandatory

Level 5 Modules

Managing Change Perform Public OrgTH5MD25420Mandatory
Government and PolicyTH5MD25520Mandatory
Work Based Research ProjectTH5MD25620Mandatory
Pre Hospital Emergency CareTH5MD25720Mandatory
Criminal Justice and the CommunityTH5MD25820Mandatory
Contemporary IssuesTH5MD25920Mandatory

Teaching and Learning Methods

Scheduled Learning

Scheduled time relates to the time you spend in directed study with the guidance and support of our academic tutors. Scheduled learning can take a variety of forms and will vary from one course to the next, but may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstrations, studio or workshop time, fieldwork and external visits.

Independent Study

Higher education courses rely on students undertaking work outside of formal, scheduled sessions and this is generally categorised as independent study. Independent study might include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks and revision.


Many of the degree programmes at B&FC incorporate opportunities for work placements to provide you with the opportunity to link your studies to relevant professional practice in a real work environment. Our programme teams are able to offer support in securing an appropriate work placement where it forms part of your programme, and will work closely with you during the placement to ensure that the opportunity allows you to develop personally, professionally and academically.

Learning MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Industry Placement and Field Trips

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

Expert Tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

Tuition Fees

Regulation and Accreditation

Terms and Conditions

Programme Handbook

Programme Specification

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