Public Service Management (Uniformed Services) BA (Hons) Top Up

This course is validated by: Lancaster University

Course Information


If you aspire to take an active, high level, role within society, then look no further than the Public Service Management (Uniformed Services) (Top Up) degree. We offer courses designed to prepare graduates for careers on the frontline of uniformed service, in various roles through the UK.

The BA (Hons) in Public Service Management (Uniformed Services) (Top Up) provides a ladder of progression for any students who successfully achieved a merit grade in the Lancaster University Foundation Degree in Public Service Management (Uniformed Services).

This one-year top-up Honours programme will allow you to develop further the theoretical and practical knowledge you have gained previously and study key areas in greater depth.

You will study different modules including Community Cohesion, Implementing Strategy and Managing change, Contemporary Debates in Uniformed Services, Project Management and Uniformed Services and you will complete a dissertation.


What will I study?

You will study a range of modules that will complement your interest in careers in the Uniformed Services sector. Some of the modules that you will take are shared with other students on the Public Services suite courses at UCBC, some will be specific to the Uniformed Services pathway.

Modules include:

  • Dissertation
  • Community Cohesion
  • Implementing Strategy and Managing change
  • Contemporary Debates in Uniformed Services
  • Project Management and Uniformed Services

Download the Programme Specification for BA (Hons) Public Service Management. The Programme Specification will give you further information about the course structure, learning outcomes and detailed information about the assessment you can expect during the course.

Entry Requirements

You will need to have successfully gained our Public Service Management (Uniformed Services) Foundation Degree, with at least a pass grade to join this programme.

You can also progress onto this BA with a Foundation Degree in Public Service Management (Housing) or Public Service Management, subject to the successful completion of a bridging module. 

How will I be assessed?

During the course you will be assessed by a variety of methods: Reports, Presentations, Case study responses, Extended Essays, Symposium and Seminars, Examinations and a Dissertation. 

Formative and summative assessments enable lecturers or tutors to monitor the learning that has/is taking place. Summative assessment is not always noticeable by the student as it is a continuous process; lecturers or assessors may observe participation and responses to class discussions and group work, a student’s response to question and answer sessions, participation in workshop practical and engagement with demonstrations. Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examination, open-book test, individual and group presentation, essay, observation of practice, assessment of course work e.g. art portfolio, written report, reflective practice and portfolios of evidence.

Students receive both formal and informal feedback. Formal feedback is through assessments, is usually in writing and given within 3 weeks following the submission date. However, some lecturers will provide group feedback, for example, following an examination they may choose to work through the exam paper in a tutorial. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions.

Teaching and Learning

The learning environment and facilities include lecture theatres, classrooms, technology suites, laboratories and workshops, library and skills labs, art and photography studios, small group and quiet zones. Learning methods will vary according to the programme of study but will include lectures and group tutorials. In addition, seminars, field trips, work placements, role play or scenario activities, laboratory and workshop practical, demonstrations, guest lectures, discussions and debates all contribute to the learning experience to support the acquisition of subject specific skills and knowledge and the development of transferable and employment related skills.

What can I do next?

Successful completion of the course may lead to a career in the emergency services for example the police force or fire service. Alternatively you may consider a career in working for armed forces, the courts and the security industry but your options are not limited to these areas.

This degree develops skills which are appropriate to a range of careers including investigation within branches of Revenue and Customs, Immigration, Social Security Services; Health and Safety Executive; Environmental Health; and allied areas.

Whether or not you pursue a career in Uniformed Public Services, this degree will provide you with a set of intellectual, social and practical skills. For those students already in post, the course offers a pathway to career enhancement. You may also choose to continue your studies at Masters level and postgraduate study is encouraged.


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"The level of support provided by tutors was once again highlighted by students as a particular strength of the programmes. The programmes have been enhanced by additional activities such as a group visit to a housing project in Nottingham, which has provided context to learning for learners."

External Examiners Report 2014/15
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