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Community & Public Services

Course Code: UX6301

Level: 5
Subject area: Public Services
Awarding body: University of Plymouth
Qualification: Foundation Degree
Course type: Part-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: Three years
When you'll study: Thursdays, 9.00am - 5.00pm

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About the course

Do you have a passion for, and a commitment to, public service and its improvement? This Foundation Degree in Public Services is awarded by the University of Plymouth and could help you achieve your aspirations for a career in public services. The course aims to develop knowledge and understanding of the wide and varied social, political and economic environments that public services operate within. These include the processes and procedures of the criminal justice system and the role of theory in interpreting these relationships within international, national and regional settings. You will broaden your knowledge and fine tune your skills to strive for a top career in the public sector, whether you want to work in the police force, local government or join the armed forces. You will have the opportunity to listen to, and network with, serving Public Service Officers, Fire Officers and members of other public service organisations through visits, work-placement days and guest lectures at the College. 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 of this course, you may be able to progress to:

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2018/19 (August 2018 – July 2019). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2019/20.


Course Code: UX6301

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: Not applicable to this course

B Reduced Course Fee (for eligible students): £0

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

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.