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Community and Public Services

Course Code: UF6300, UX6301

Level: 5
Subject area: Public Services
Awarding body: University of Plymouth
Qualification: Foundation Degree
Course type: Full-time, Part-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: Two years (full-time), three years (part-time)
When you'll study: Mondays, 9.00am - 5.00pm (part-time)

About the course

Do you have a passion for, and a commitment to, community and public services and engagement with stakeholders? This Foundation Degree aims to develop knowledge and understanding of the wide and varied social, political and economic environments that community and public services operate within. You will have the opportunity to listen to, and network with, serving public service practitioners and members of other community and public service organisations through visits, volunteering, guest lectures and work-based delivery. In short, this course will enable you to develop your academic and professional skills so that you can seamlessly progress to your chosen top-up degree course or into the workplace.

For more information about this course please read the Programme Quality Handbook which contains programme specifications and module information.

What you'll learn

The programme includes the following subjects:

  • 21st century democracy
  • crime and justice studies
  • applied social psychology
  • developing community and public service competencies
  • equality and diversity
  • community and public services
  • policy and social justice
  • enterprise and the economy
  • theory of crime and criminal behaviour
  • managing in community and public services
  • rehabilitation and resettlement.
  • contemporary public service issues
  • managing people
  • criminology.

You will also develop the knowledge and skills to confidently interact with serving members of the public services and non-government organisations, and undertake a major research project for public sector organisations such as Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, Devon and Somerset Fire Service, and the Royal Marines.

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from those who have all of the following:

  • 32 UCAS tariff points
  • five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, to include English and maths. APEL may be considered for non-traditional applicants
  • an access to higher education diploma at level 3

or alternatively:

  • equivalent qualifications
  • relevant work experience.

Should entry requirements not be met then individual cases will be considered.


Assessment will be on a continuous basis through a range of assessment criteria including presentations, essays and in-class tasks.

What's next?

On successful completion you may be able to progress to:


  • the one year BSc (Hons) Community and Public Service Management or BSc (Hons) Community and Public Service Management (Healthcare) top-up degrees at the College
  • the one year BSc (Hons) Emergency Sector Management and Interoperability top-up degree at Cornwall College (Bicton campus)
  • the one year BSc (Hons) Public Services top-up degree at Exeter College
  • employment at all levels in one of the public services, particularly with the Police Force, but also with local government, youth services, prisons, the Fire Service and the Armed Forces.




Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2020/21 (August 2020 – July 2021). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2021/22.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)


Course Code: UF6300

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: £7450

B Reduced Course Fee (for those in receipt of qualifying benefits): Not applicable to this course

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): Not applicable to this course

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: Not applicable to this course

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 17 This course is not usually available to this age group. Please contact or phone reception on 01752 305 300 for advice.
18 - 23 A
24+ A

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.