Public Service Management BA (Hons) Top Up

This course is validated by: Lancaster University
Award: BA (Hons) in Public Services Management
Location: University Centre at Blackburn College
UCAS Code: L491
Code: SS3510A13
Fees: View fees and financial information
Validated by: Lancaster University
Study Mode: Full Time, Part Time
Start Dates: september 2018
Term Dates: View term dates

By studying this Public Service Management (Top Up) BA (Hons), you will further develop the knowledge and skills related to the public sector that you have acquired during your Foundation Degree. Subjects covered include Community Cohesion, Implementing Strategy and Managing change and you will complete a dissertation. You will also study specific modules relating to the Public Sector including: Contemporary Debates in Public Services and Regeneration, Sustainability and Communities to equip you with valuable knowledge and skills relating to Public Sector Management. The BA (Hons) Public Service Management programme provides progression for the students from our Foundation Degrees in Public Service Management and associated pathways.

Our degree enables you to develop your theoretical and practical knowledge related to the Public Sector in order to enable you to contribute to the economic success and development of the local, national and international public sector. The aim of the course is to allow you to leave with a fully recognised international qualification which will enhance your vocational opportunities. In this way, this course is designed to engage you in honours level analysis, synthesis, critical thinking and evaluation of key theories and practices within public service management and also to facilitate further independent personal development and reflective practice.

What will I study?

You will study a range of modules that will complement your interest in careers in the Public Sector. Some of the modules that you will take may be shared with other students on the Public Services suite of courses at UCBC.


  • Dissertation
  • Community Cohesion
  • Implementing Strategy and Managing change
  • Contemporary Debates in Public Services
  • Regeneration, Sustainability and Communities.

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 Foundation Degree, with at least a pass grade to join this programme.

You can progress onto this BA with a Foundation Degree in Public Service Management (Housing) or Public Service Management (Uniformed Services), 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 reports, 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?

The knowledge and skills that you will develop are useful for a wide range of careers in Public Sector Management. In recent years our graduates have gained employment in a variety of Public Sector areas such as: Local Government, Uniformed Services, Education, the NHS and the Voluntary Sector. Upon completion of BA (Hons) Public Service Management (Top Up) degree, you will have the opportunity to apply for Masters level programmes.

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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."

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