Public Service Management

Public Services

Key Facts

Level 5
Wakefield City Campus, ASIC Building
Start Date:
September, 2019
3 Years
Mode of Study:
Awarding Body:
How to Apply:

You can apply directly to us for a part-time course, please download our Higher Education Application Form, complete the application form and return it to:-

Higher Education Office,
Wakefield College,
Margaret Street,
Wakefield WF1 2DH

Or you can email it to a.cawtheray@wakefield.ac.uk.


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 course 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. Employability is a key theme of the programme and the team are currently working closely with a number of public services for students to undertake voluntary work to complement their academic programme.

During the second year of the programme you will have the opportunity to undertake work experience, where you can complete an assessed work based project in your chosen field. 

Course Features
  • Varied and interesting learning experience including work placements, visiting speakers, and visits to public service institutions
  • Huge investment in our new Advanced Skills & Innovation Centre
  • TEF Silver Award

Course Structure

Modules studied dependent upon pathway include:

Level 4:
• The English Legal System (20 credits)
• Criminological Theory (20 credits)
• Introduction to Management (20 credits)
• Human Resource Management (20 credits)
• Study Skills (20 credits)
• Employability (20 credits)
• Contemporary Social Policy (20 credits)


Level 5: 
• Criminal Law and Crime Reduction (20 credits)
• Psychology of Behaviour (20 credits)
• Research Skills (20 credits)
• Multi Agency Working (20 credits)
• Employability 2 (20 credits) 
• Decision Making and Local Government (20 credits) 
• Resource Awareness (20 credits)


Entry Requirements

• 48 UCAS Points including GCSE grade A*–C or equivalent in English Language and Maths

• An Access to HE Qualification

• 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



Points Required

If you’re applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.

Fees & Funding

£4500.00 per year.

Course Costs Included in the fees


Course Costs Not Included in the Fees


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

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

Students successfully completing the Foundation Degree in Public Service Management can continue internally onto a Level 6 top up degree in BA (Hons) Public Service Management*(subject to validation) or BA (Hons) Business Management.

Students can also progress onto a Level 6 top up degree externally in a relevant discipline

I chose to study here as I completed the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Services at the College and it was natural for my next step to be a course at the University Centre. Continuing my study here has meant that I’m taught by the same fantastic tutors who brought out the best in me when I studied at College level. The tutors all have experience in their respective backgrounds too, so it’s not simply theory, we learn from someone who’s been there and done it!

I’m currently a special constable and in the future I want to advance my policing career and join the regulars, so it’s really important that what I learn is put into the context of real-world situations.

I wouldn’t be working for the police without the help of my tutors as they’ve provided advice, discussedmyoptions, and helped me to make the right decisions for my future career.

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Cameron Lindley
FdA Public Service Management