From the Prison Service to the Armed Forces, through work placements and disaster planning, we’ll give you first-hand experience of the public services that will help you move ahead in your chosen career.
Our course will equip you with skills and knowledge that are in great demand with public service employers like the police, the Prison Service, fire and ambulance services, HM Revenue & Customs and the Armed Forces.
Based on our Cambridge campus, with access to all of our university’s facilities, you’ll get first-hand experience of the uniformed public services through work-based learning and improve your academic knowledge in the classroom.
Our modules will help you to develop important, transferable skills in leadership, interpersonal communication, financing, and presentation; and to learn about contemporary issues including equality and cultural diversity, disaster planning and political ideologies.
You’ll also get the chance to focus on specific areas of interest in your work, like crime control, workplace cultures or deviance.
Our degree has been developed, and continues to develop, through strong links with the fire, police, prison and ambulance services, HM Revenue & Customs, and the Armed Forces. Talks and classes given by serving professionals are a key feature of this course and you’ll have the opportunity to go on different trips and activities, as well as completing work placements. (Some work placements will require you to pay for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Please contact the Course Leader if you'd like more information.)
Once you’ve completed this FdA, you can choose to top-up your degree on our BA (Hons) Public Service.*
Course Leader: Emma Brett
*Applications from qualified students will be considered on their individual merits.
You’ll develop skills and knowledge that can be used in many different careers. Our past students have gone on to work with the police (as analysts and researchers as well as constables), the fire service, all branches of the military, the Prison Service, HM Revenue & Customs, public and private sector organisations as managers, and primary, further or higher education.
Most of our students go on to top up their foundation degrees to a BA (Hons) Public Service.
We use a variety of ways for you to show your knowledge and understanding from the modules. These include presentations, essays, case studies and reports. The focus is on course work and there will be no end of year exams.
The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences is an academic community of nearly 800 students and teaching staff. Our students are supported by leading practitioners, so you'll always have access to the latest theoretical and practical knowledge, as well as invaluable career advice. Subjects in the Humanities and Social Sciences lead to work in many roles you might not have considered, maybe as a politician, chief executive – or even an inventor.
We organise many activities to help our students prepare for their future, like work placements, study abroad opportunities, talks by acclaimed guest speakers, and research conferences.
We’re part of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences, a hub of creative and cultural innovation whose groundbreaking research has real social impact.
You’ll undertake work placements in both years of the course. In the first year you’ll work with disadvantaged groups, such as homeless people, young offenders and people with drug and alcohol addictions. In your second year you’ll work with a public service or related organisation, like the Special Constables, Prison Service, Cambridge University Officer Training Corps, the City Council, the Probation Service, Cambridgeshire Emergency Management Team, Marshall Aerospace, Cambridge University Air Squadron and regional police forces, fire and rescue services and ambulance services.
You’ll also have the chance to take part in our annual public service presentation day, which is attended by representatives from regional public services, visit institutions like HMP Whitemoor, Cambridge Crown Court and the local fire services, or help with the training of riot police.
You can pay your fees in the following ways.
Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.
If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.
We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.
Grants and scholarships are available for:
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email email@example.com for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
Entry requirements are for September 2015 entry. Entry requirements for other intakes may differ.
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