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BA Hons

Public Service Management (Top-up)

Public Services

Key Facts

Level 6
Wakefield City Campus, ASIC Building
Start Date:
September, 2021
1 Year
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The Public Service Management (Top Up) BA (Hons), will further develop the knowledge and skills related to the public sector that you have acquired during your Foundation Degree.



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.

Course Features
  • TEF Silver Award
  • Huge investment in our new Advanced Skills & Innovation Centre

Course Structure



Depending upon the pathway selected Modules studied include:

• Dissertation (40 credits)
• Planning and Management of Major Incidents (20 credits)
• Strategic Leadership and Management (20 credits)
• Crime and Punishment (20 credits)
• Globalisation and Crime (20 credits)
• Globalisation and Social Policy (20 credits)







Entry Requirements



HND/FdA in a relevant discipline at Pass 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.

Fees & Funding




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Bursaries and scholarships



For more information visit our Higher Education funding page.

Other Financial Support



For more information visit our Higher Education funding page.




As a Public Service graduate with critical thinking, analytical and communications skills, you're attractive to employers both inside and outside the criminal justice sector

Job Options

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Students successfully completing the Level 6 top up degree in BA (Hons) Public Service Management* or can progress onto a Level 7 Masters degree externally in a relevant discipline.



I chose to study at the University Centre because it’s local and close to home, and because of this it reduces my travel and accommodation costs. The University Centre provides an outstanding academic and practical base for further study.

They have good facilities including an excellent library and I find it to be a great environment to study in. Wakefield also offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support students and the staff are always helpful and very supportive. Through my course I’ve been on visits to police stations, high courts, museums, the British army, and the NHS.

These opportunities have allowed me to build my skills and confidence, make new friends, and be more active in events which relate to my future career. I’ve also had the chance to gain work experience with the police service and work alongside senior police officers.

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Patrycja Stefaniak
BA Hons Public Service Management (Top-up)