Managing in Public Sector Services FdSc

Sam Griffiths end of year show


The public sector continues to be a major employer in the South West and it is 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 key employers. It will appeal to you if you are interested in acquiring the knowledge and skills to establish a management career in both the public and private sectors. As it covers a wide range of fields such as law, sociology, psychology, finance and media, it is also suitable if you want to pursue an initial degree-level qualification with a view to specialising in a particular field thereafter.


Length of study


You can study this course full-time over two years, attending college two days each week. Alternatively you may study part-time over four years or more flexibly module by module.


Course content

Year 1, Level 4:

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

Year 2, Level 5:

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

Year 2, Level 5, Elective Modules:

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

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

You will have opportunities to join a number of trips in the UK including the Houses of Parliament and the Supreme Court in London. You will also be able to join our international ski trip which provides opportunities to develop team building, leadership and communication skills.


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 and 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


Entry requirements

At age 18, the usual entry requirement is 180 UCAS points. Typically you may have gained an 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 this with the Programme Manager.

Age 25 plus entry is considered on an individual basis by the Programme Manager based on experience, enthusiasm and other evidence of aptitude.
All applicants will have a personal interview.

Please apply directly to Strode College. You can also apply via UCAS. See How to Apply for more information.



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.

Previous students have progressed to a variety of careers including the Police Force, the Royal Marines, private security and business ownership.


Tuition fee

Full-time fee £6,500 per year. See the Financial Support page for part-time fees.

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


Student Profile

Seb Laflin
James Higgins: Foundation Degree helps James achieve his ambition


Hannah BrownStudent Profile: Hannah Brown

“The Foundation Degree is the next step on from the Extended Diploma in Public Services that I gained at Strode. It has been a big jump; working more independently has improved my selfdiscipline and I have learnt to write more academically. I like it at Strode and I get on well with the teachers; they go the extra mile and there’s a lot of one-to-one support. The college has all the facilities I need and I also have access to material from Plymouth University.“

Future plans: To become a paramedic and stay in the local area.


Sam GriffithsStudent Profile: Sam Griffiths

“I chose to study at Strode because of the teachers - they are passionate, willing to help and so enthusiastic. The course worked well as a progression after my Extended Diploma in Public Services; it has given me the skills and confidence I need to become a police officer. It’s fantastic being able to study an HE course close to home, which has obvious financial benefits, and the atmosphere here is great too. The classes are small and intimate, but you’re also able to experience university life at Plymouth.”

Future plans: Sam works part-time as a Special Constable and plans to join the Police Force when he completes the final year of his Degree at Plymouth University.


Higher Education student of the year - John McLoughlin

Studied: Managing in the Public Services Foundation Degree, Distinction
Home town:
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."


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