Top up your FdA or HND Public Service to an honours degree on this course co-created by public service employers. Advance your skills and knowledge in specialist areas such as youth justice and psychology, and find out what drives policy in the UK’s public services today.
With a focus on issues such as public services policy, youth justice and politics, as well as on planning your future career, our top-up degree will further the academic knowledge and work-based skills you have gained from previous courses. In the final year, you’ll also undertake a Major Project in your own chosen area of public service.
Thanks to our close links with fire and ambulance services, the police, the Prison Service, HM Revenue & Customs and the Armed Forces, you’ll benefit from course content that aligns closely with current practice, supported by visits from professionals and lecturers with experience of working in public service.
You'll also have the opportunity to take part in activities that include: a trip to the Lake District involving activities such as kayaking, ghyll-scrambling and abseiling; roleplaying as a casualty in large-scale simulated mass emergency situations for London Fire Brigade; the training of Public Order policing; a trip to Berlin, including a tour of a Stasi prison.
Course Leader: Julian Constable
Our past students have gone on to work with uniformed services such as the police (as analysts and researchers as well as constables), the fire service, the Prison Service and all branches of the military, as well as in HM Revenue & Customs, public and private sector organisations as managers, and primary, further or higher education.
For a full breakdown of module options and credits, please view the appropriate module structure below:
We will assess the knowledge and understanding you gain from the course in a number of ways, including poster presentations, progress files, essays, case studies and projects.
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 have the chance to visit institutions like HMP Whitemoor, Cambridge Crown Court and the local fire services, or help with the training of riot police.
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.
You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans.
We also offer our £400 Books Plus scheme, which helps with the costs of study. There's no need to apply for this: if you're eligible you can simply collect a Books Plus card when you start your course.
From September 2018, EU students starting an undergraduate degree can access an £800 bursary.
There’s finance available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants. Find out more on our finance pages.
We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.
Important additional notes
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
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