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
We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it.
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.
At the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, we believe in thinking critically about the past, present and future to challenge perceptions and better understand communities and people.
With expertise from gender issues to literary analysis to exploring how the past has shaped our modern world, all our staff members are active researchers. This is reflected in our teaching, allowing us to support our students with the latest theories and practices, as well as essential employability advice.
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.
You can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or alternatively, there's the option to pay your fees upfront.
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.
You must pay your fees upfront, in full or in instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit or sponsorship letter. 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. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
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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