Managing in Public Sector Services FdSc

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The public sector continues to be a major employer in the south-west region and it is the focus of regional policy to develop the management skills of those working within it. Encompassing regional and local government, uniformed services, health services and a multitude of governmental bodies, there are a wealth of opportunities in management for those committed to public service.

This course has been developed in close collaboration with the regional development project for public service education and development, approved by Plymouth University, and with a number of key employers who have provided expert input. The Foundation Degree has recently been updated to keep its content current after a consultation with a number of local employers.

The course will appeal to anyone who is interested in working in the public sector in uniformed and non-uniformed roles and who wants to enter their field at a management level.

As part of their studies students on this course will have free membership to the Strode College gym and fitness centre.

 

Course content

The following modules will be studied over the two years of the course.
Sam Griffiths end of year showLevel 4:

  • Research Methods
  • Individual and Group Behaviour
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Constitutional and Administrative Law
  • Society, Government and Politics
  • Professional Practice

Level 5:

  • Independent Research Project
  • Financial Resources
  • Applied Psychology for the Public Services
  • Managing People
  • Media and Public Awareness

Year 2 Elective Modules:

  • Criminology and Community Safety, or
  • Major Incidents and Emergency Planning

 

Ski tripEmployer support

  • 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 include:

  • Mendip District Council
  • Somerset Witness Support Service
  • Special Constabulary
  • Territorial Army

 

Assessment

100% coursework including work placement.

 

Staffing

Programme Manager:

  • Deen Najubudeen LLM, LLB (Hons) (London)

Module Leaders:

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

 

Entry requirements

At aged 18, the usual entry point requirement is 180 UCAS points. As a guide a typical offer would be: Extended/National Diploma (merit, merit, pass or above); AS and/or A Levels for example, one AS grade C plus two A Levels grade B and C or above. However experience and other qualifications will be taken into consideration. Please discuss with the Programme Manager.

Age 21 plus entry is considered on an individual basis, with the Programme Manager based on experience, enthusiasm and other evidence of aptitude.

All applicants will have a personal interview.

 

Progression

Successful completion of the Foundation Degree can lead to a final year through the approved route to the BSc (Hons) Public Services or the BSc (Hons) Public Services (Police Studies) at Plymouth University. Management, Politics, Public Services and associated degrees are available at other universities. Please note there is a deadline for progression applications and places may be subject to availability.

 

How to Apply

For all Foundation Degrees and HNDs, full or part time, apply directly to Strode College. Please either apply online or complete the application form in the Higher Education Prospectus.

Applications for Higher Education courses at Strode College are accepted throughout the year.

Conditional or unconditional offers will be made subject to appropriate qualifications and or experience, successful interview and a relevant academic or vocational reference.

If you are offered a place you should accept within three weeks of an offer being made.

 

 

2013-2014 HE Term Dates

The Higher Education term dates for 2013-14 are:

  • w/c 16 September 2013 - w/e 20 December 2013
  • w/c 6 January 2014 - w/e 4 April 2014
  • w/c Tue 22 April 2014 - w/e13 June 2014

 

Employer Support From

  • 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 include: Mendip District Council, Somerset Witness Support Service, Special Constabulary and Territorial Army.

 

Student Profile

Seb Laflin

 

Case Studies

James Higgins: Foundation Degree helps James achieve his ambition

 

Higher Education student of the year - John McLoughlin

Studied: Managing in the Public Services Foundation Degree, Distinction
Home town:
Stembridge
Where now?
Runs his own business, the Rusty Axe Inn near Martock, and works in maritime security

"As a working adult with a family, John managed his time between family, studies and work to reach the pinnacle of success in his course. He was an enthusiastic learner, ever willing to engage in sound, critical and reasoned discussions. John’s literary skills and the quality of his work were praised by the external examiner responsible for this course. John’s sheer determination was remarkable."

 

Key Facts

Strode code: BH4PSH
Level: HE Level C
Award: FdSc
Awarding body: Plymouth University
Length: 2 or 4 years or modular
Tuition fee: Up to £6,750 per year