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BA (Hons) Public Service Management (Top up)

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BA (Hons) Public Service Management (Top up)Available for Enquiries

Course Details

Sub Title In order to maintain the high value of our courses, any new degree qualifications or changes to existing courses have to go through a validation process with our new university partners to ensure that our qualifications meet the requirements for an award from their institution. Our foundation degrees and top-up BA hons degree programmes are currently subject to validation for 2017 entry. As soon as the new validations are confirmed, course information details will be updated and all applicants will be informed of the changes.
Location Wakefield City Campus
Level Level 6
Start Date September
Duration Full time: 1
Mode of Study Full time
Awarding Body The University of Hull
UCAS Code 8T4D
UCAS Tariff 160 UCAS Points (Under new UCAS tariff system from Sept 2017: 64 UCAS Points)
Programme Design and Overview The programme offers an academically and vocationally focused curriculum which develops a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the key concepts, processes and practices of working within the Public Services. This provides a challenging, employability led curriculum, that uses work based knowledge and real life scenarios, allowing development of a range of transferable skills, abilities and competencies necessary for a successful career in the public sector. The programme offers a broad base of subject knowledge for you to draw on in your working life, providing the opportunity to explore legal, theoretical and political application and acquire an understanding of strategic management processes used within public sector organisations. The BA (hons) Top Up Programme has been designed to include core modules, which cover key generic public service management material following consultation with key stakeholders, professional partners and current/past students. In addition to core modules the programme has two distinct pathways of study. One pathway focusing on careers towards criminal justice sectors including, but not limited to, the Police Service, Youth Justice, Trading Standards and Prison Service. The second pathway focuses on management careers within the broader public sector such as, but not limited to, the Local Authority, Housing, NHS. This allows progression from Foundation Degrees/HNDs within a related discipline. “
Indicative Content Depending upon the pathway selected Modules studied include: Dissertation (40 credits) Research Methods (20 credits) Strategic Management and Leadership (20 credits) Planning and Management of Major Incidents (20 credits) Globalisation and Crime (20 credits) Globalisation and Social Policy (20 credits)
Delivery Methods You will learn through a mix of lectures, seminars, case studies, simulations/role play, work-based projects, self-directed study and research. Guest speakers and industry visits will enhance your learning and application of this into work-based situations. You will be expected to undertake 10 hours per week of self-directed study per module. You will also recieve 6 hours directed student support where you will receive pastoral and academic guidance and study skills to support dissertation development.
Nature of Assessments on the Programme The programme includes a varied range of academic and vocational assessments designed in line with employer consultation to provide you with the key skills and attributes necessary for public service working life. These include; reports; group presentations; progress files; simulations; and dissertation.
Entry Requirements HND/FdA in a relevant discipline at Merit level (55 and above average at level 5) Those with previous experience or learning that is relevant may be eligible via our APL process for accreditation towards this course All external applicants must complete a satisfactory interview
Attendance Expectations Full time: 1 years, 2 days per week. Part time: 18 Months, 1 day per week.
Fee Information

These fees relate to 2018/19

Annual Tuition Fee : Full-time £6750.00 per year,  Part-time £TBC

All eligible full-time Home and EU undergraduate students are entitled to apply for affordable Student Loans and Grants towards their tuition fees. For more information, please visit:

Different fees apply to international/overseas students and those studying this qualification as a standalone course.

For more detailed information on financial support please contact the Financial Support Team on 01924 789304.

Full-Time All eligible full-time Home and EU undergraduate students are entitled to apply for affordable Student Loans and Grants towards their tuition fees. For more information, please visit:

Part-time Home and EU students on their first higher education course who are studying at least 25% of a full time equivalent course can apply for a non-means tested tuition fee loan from Student Finance England. For more information, please visit:

Different fees apply to international/overseas students and those studying this qualification as a standalone course.

Additional Course Costs

We have no formal course costs that form part of the programme. We do however offer optional trips and visits.

The following costs should be used as a guide only. Arrangements apply to 2018 entry.

Printing and photocopying costs:
There is no charge for course hand-outs, handbooks etc. Students will receive a printing credit of £10 per annum from the University Centre, after which students will have to pay for extra credits.

Library overdue charges:
Overdue charges apply to all library loans to encourage you to return any resources you borrow on time. Overdue charges are 5p per day per book.  There is no charge for e-books rentals.

Graduation Ceremony:
When you graduate, we will invite you to your graduation ceremony. It is free for you to attend, however, to take part you will need to pay to hire an academic robe to wear during the ceremony. Details can be found here:

Financial Support Information

The government provides financial assistance to help pay for tuition fees and to help with living costs. To find out more, visit the website at:

We have a strong commitment to widening access to higher education, and to help we have a range of bursaries and scholarships to support eligible students starting a higher education course with us in September. To find out more, email:

For more information on any funding or money matter issues please contact the Financial Support Team. Get in touch on 01924 789283 or email:

Further Study Students successfully completing the Level 6 top up degree in BA (Hons) Public Service Management*(subject to validation) or can progress onto a Level 7 Masters degree externally in a relevant discipline.
Career Opportunities This programme is designed to offer a route for students into a wide range of public service opportunities including but not limited to the police, fire service, prison service, customs and excise, civil service, local government, criminal justice agencies, education and charities.
How to Apply

Full-time: Please apply through UCAS at:
Part-time: Please complete a part-time HE/Professional application form.

If you require an application form or details on how to enrol, please contact Course Information on 01924 789111.

Admissions Process

All external students will be invited to interview on receipt of applications. Upon receipt of applications/interviews full time students will receive a decision via UCAS. Part time students will receive a decision in writing. The enrolment and induction process takes place in early September.

For details on higher education admissions procedures, please see the 'Admissions Code of Practice' document on the Wakefield College website:

Group Size In order for the programme to run there is an expectation of having a minimum of 10 students.
Disability Support Information

We’re committed to a programme of support to ensure that the Equality and Diversity policy is fully effective. We recognise the importance of effective support mechanisms in enabling all students to achieve their potential and will continue to improve provision for students with a disability.

The Additional Support Service is responsible for supporting disabled learners and those with language support needs. The earlier you request support, the quicker it can be provided, so if you know you’ll need support or adjustments, contact us in good time before your course starts. Get in touch on 01924 789120 or email us at:

For Further Details Please contact Nigel Donohue on 01924 789753 or email
Case Study

Sarah McKeith

“I had been out of education for 13 years when I decided to pursue my ambition to become a Police Officer. I enrolled at Wakefield University Center because the fees are affordable and the quality of teaching is high. The support is excellent - you have regular contact with tutors and smaller group sizes than most universities. The course hasn’t just enhanced my understanding of the theory behind Law and Criminology, but has provided me with opportunities to further my career. I am proud of my achievements so far and joining the Police Special Constabulary at West Yorkshire Police is the first step to a career in the Police Service.”

Course Groups (W) Professional Course, Higher Education
Subject Area (W) Public Services
Client Group (W) Higher Education, International, 19+
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