On this Foundation Degree you will acquire the knowledge and skills to establish a career in management. In the second year you will specialise in either Public Sector or Business Management.

The public sector encompasses regional and local government, uniformed services, health services and a range of governmental bodies. As this course covers areas such as law, sociology, psychology, finance and media, it is also suitable if you want to specialise in a particular field in the future.

This course has replaced our Foundation Degree in ‘Managing in the Public Sector Services’. It has been redesigned and developed in close collaboration with the regional development project for public service education and development, key employers and Plymouth University.

Length of study

You can study this course full-time over two years, attending college two days each week or part-time over four years. You can also study individual modules.

Course content

Year 1, Level 4:

  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Managing People
  • Law and the Legal System
  • Professional Practice
  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Financial and Resources Management

Year 2, Level 5:

  • Independent Research Project
  • International Perspectives to Management
  • Media and Public Awareness
  • Applied Psychology
  • Society, Government and Global Politics

Elective Modules:

  • Applied Criminology and Public Safety, or
  • Economics for Business

For full information download the course handbook

Enrichment opportunities

For careers in the uniformed services it is important to maintain good levels of health and fitness; you will have free membership to the College gym and fitness centre.

You will have opportunities to join trips in the UK and abroad. Previous students have visited the Houses of Parliament and the Supreme Court in London and many have participated in our international ski trip to develop valuable management skills including team building, leadership and effective communication.

Students on the programme will also be offered the chance to take part in a two-week management and business project based in Paris as part of the ‘International Perspectives to Management’ module. Costs for trips are additional to course fees.

Employer support

Students receive Employer Support from the likes of the Marines and many more.

Students receive Employer Support from the likes of the Marines and many more.

  • Avon and Somerset Constabulary
  • Somerset Fire and Rescue Service
  • HM Prison Service
  • West Country Ambulance Trust
  • Royal Marines, Army
  • Somerset Emergency Planning Unit
  • Somerset Witness Support Service
  • Mendip District Council

Potential work placements at: Mendip District Council, Somerset Witness Support Service, Special Constabulary and the Territorial Army.


This course is assessed by coursework including a work placement. The awarding body is Plymouth University.


Programme Manager:

  • Deen Najubudeen LLM, LLB (Hons)

Module Leaders:

  • Andrew McIlvain BA (Hons), PGCE
  • Maurice Holdstock MA, Cert Ed, MIOSH, DMS, GIFE
  • Roger Selway BA (Hons)
  • Lauren Richards BSoc Sci (Cape Town), Cert Ed

Tuition fee

The full-time fee is £6,750 per year. See the HE Tuition fees page for part-time fees. Trips and visits are not mandatory; costs for trips are additional to course tuition fees.

You may be eligible for a student loan, or your employer may wish to support you on this programme.

Higher Education Loans

For this course you can apply for an Higher Education student tuition fee loan. See below 'Financial support and loans'.

No concessions

For this course we are unable to offer any fee discounts – see below 'Fees and Finances'.

Higher Education documents

View our HE-related documents including student contracts and policies, procedures and regulations.

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