Public Service Management Foundation Degree FdA

This course is validated by: Lancaster University

This course is available to start in January 2018. Apply now. 

Award: Foundation Degree in Public Services Management
Location: University Centre at Blackburn College
UCAS Code: L490
Code: SS2511A13
Fees: View fees and financial information
Validated by: Lancaster University
Study Mode: Full Time, Part Time
Duration: Full time: 2 Years
Part time: 4 Years
Start Dates: january 2018
september 2018
Term Dates: View term dates

This Lancaster University validated Public Service Management (FdA) course is designed to facilitate entry to, or progression within Public Sector jobs or work in the voluntary sector in the UK and abroad. It will introduce you to a variety of analytical approaches and current issues that impact society. This course will be of interest to anyone wanting to make a difference in society and public service provision.

Our Foundation Degree enables students to apply their practical knowledge and experience of work within the Public Sector to a range of academic subjects. The aim of the course is to have students leave with a fully recognised national qualification which will enhance their vocational opportunities.

This course is designed to engage you in the theories and concepts of public service management, and the way in which they relate to practical situations and the work place.

At the end of the programme, you will have gained the appropriate knowledge and skills relevant to gain specialist employment within the local, national and international public sectors.

Throughout the programme you will develop cognitive skills in critical thinking and analysis, and the ability to use such skills in problem solving in a variety of public sector contexts. You will also be encouraged to reflect on your own practice, make and implement recommendations to enhance practice, and improve your professional competence through feedback and problem solving. You will also be engaged in research relating to public management and practice which will enable you to develop appropriate academic skills in preparation for further study.

You will also have the opportunity to attain a Level 5 Chartered Management Institute qualification in Leadership & Management as a dual award within the qualification. There is an additional cost of around £200 for this additional accreditation.

What will I study?

You will study a range of modules that will build 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. You will be able to specialise in your own area of interest through a research project in the final stages of the course.


By the end of the programme you will also have completed at least 240 hours of a relevant work-based learning placement. Our Foundation Degrees are designed so that throughout all modules, employability skills and experience of public sector jobs is integrated into the programme. You will also be able to apply your classroom learning and skills within a workplace setting.


  • Social Policy and Welfare
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Introduction to Legal Principles
  • Contemporary Public Service Provision
  • Management and Leadership
  • Economics and the Public Sector
  • Research Methods
  • The Reflective Practitioner
  • Managing Human Resources
  • Contemporary Issues in Public Services
  • Managing Risk in Public Services
  • Introduction to Project Management
  • Work Based Learning
  • Contemporary Social Issues
  • Procurement and Commissioning
  • Public Services Research Project

Download the Programme Specification for FdA 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’ll need48 UCAS points to join this programme (formerly 120 UCAS points).  All applicants must show that they have a good level of spoken or written English, and if English is not your first language you’ll need to demonstrate the ability to study in English. Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have relevant work / life experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be invited to interview.

If you are an International Student from outside of the EU it is a requirement for you to have a Tier 4 Visa in order to study with us. In order for you to undertake this particular programme of study, you will also need to demonstrate that you have a good level of written and spoken English and will require a UK VI Academic IELTS score of 5.5. Please note: the fees for International Students from outside of the EU, for this particular programme are £9,250 per year. Fees are subject to change in subsequent years.

New UCAS Tariff 2017 Entry. UCAS has introduced a new tariff system which aims to provide a fair and more transparent process of allocating tariff points across a wide range of qualifications. This new tariff system will be used for courses starting 2017. Applicants should note that new tariff points for a qualification may be different to the points for the same qualification in the previous system – generally tariff points will be lower on the new tariff.

In addition, for this programme, you will be required to have a GCSE (or equivalent qualification) at grade C or above in English, or an equivalent level 2 qualification in English. In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above.




How will I be assessed?

During the course you will be assessed by a variety of methods: reports, presentations, case study responses, portfolios, essays, examinations and research projects.

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?

Upon completion of FdA Public Service Management you will be able to progress onto the BA (Hons) Public Service Management (Top Up) subject to you receiving a merit. You can also progress on to BA (Hons) Public Service Management (Housing) Top Up or BA (Hons) Public Service Management (Uniformed Services) Top Up if you wish to specialise in those areas. Alternatively you may choose to seek employment in a variety of public services roles in organisations such as the Police, or NHS, Local Government or the voluntary sector.

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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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