Public Services and The Community - BSc Hons (Salford University)
Qualification Obtained: BSc (Hons) in Public Services and the Community
If you’re considering a career in the Uniformed Public Services or aspiring to be involved in a management role in a public services related career then this course is for you. The programme provides the knowledge, understanding and skills required for employment in both the Uniformed and Non-Uniformed Public Services, both in the UK and overseas. It would equally suit those who are new to this area as those already employed in it and who wish to progress to management level roles. Successful graduates will be able to embark on careers in organisations such as the Emergency Services, National Probation Service, Armed Forces (Officer level), HMRC, Criminal Justice Agencies and the Civil Service or alternatively continue their studies on a relevant postgraduate course.
Course Entry Requirements
You will need to have successfully completed an HND or a Foundation Degree in as Public Services discipline.
2017 Entry Requirements
A new UCAS Tariff will be used for courses starting from September 2017, the new entry requirements are as follows;
A minimum of a pass from a HND or Foundation Degree in a public services-related qualification is required.
Career Options and Progression
The BSc (Hons) Public Services and The Community originates from an existing and anticipated demand for graduates who are qualified, skilled and experienced in the Public Sector. All public services work together with extra support gained from wider agencies and the voluntary sector. Therefore the government has in recent years, enforced a range of multi-agency partnerships in order to share the workload and ensure effective provision of services. “The UK government has engaged since 1997 on a programme of ‘modernising’ the provision of public services.” Armistead, C. & Pettigrew, P. (2004) All Public Service organisations work together as multi-agency partnerships to reduce/combat contemporary issues in society, therefore it is imperative that a potential recruit has in-depth knowledge and experience of theory relevant to all public services, both uniformed and non-uniformed. This course not only prepares students for employment within the uniformed public services, it also prepares them for all non-uniformed public services such as: Social Services; Probation Service; Civil Service; Criminal Justice Agencies; Local Government and Teaching. This fully supports the rationale for being a generic Public Service course rather being focused on one particular service.
Modules and Assessment
The vocationally-based BSc (Hons) Public Service and the Community Degree is aimed at a range of candidates who represent the wide and varied levels of uniformed public service provision, which is reflected in the variety of experiences featured throughout the course. This programme is sufficiently broad based to prepare you to perform successfully within a multi-agency environment. Ultimately, its aim is to equip you with knowledge and skills in the practice and management of the Uniformed Public Services, leading to a specialist career in this area of employment or even to postgraduate study.
Modules of study include
MOD-1980 Ethical Considerations in Public Service Provision - 20 credits
MOD-1981 Multi-Agency Partnership in Case Management - 20 credits
MOD-1982 Community Cohesion - 20 credits
MOD-1983 Contemporary Issues in Society and the Public Sector - 20 credits
MOD-1979 Dissertation - 40 credits
Assessment is designed to support individual learning styles and comprises oral presentations, essays, practical skills assessments, briefing papers, reports, portfolios and in the final year, a dissertation.
Assessment is 100% coursework.
Teaching and Learning Methods
A variety of learning techniques are used (lectures, seminars, role plays, simulations), underpinned by both group and individual work, with workshops and debates serving to develop your confidence and creativity.
Work Placement and Field Trips
There is no work placement included in this course, however there are a number of work experience opportunities within the public service organisations on a full-day or a half-day basis. There are also opportunities to participate in shadowing exercises within the sector with a view to applying to become a volunteer within the organisation.
All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant vocational and industrial experience and professional practice.
Read our tuition fees guide.
Work Placement - This may incur travel costs however, students are responsible for booking their own work placement therefore travel costs will depend on where this is booked.
You should be aware that there may be additional costs to consider such as optional educational visits and photocopying/printing.
Resources required to achieve the learning outcomes of the programme are provided by the College.
Regulation and Accreditation
This programme is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
Terms and Conditions
Read our full terms and conditions for more information.
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