FdA Public Services

Course overview

FdA Public Service aims to provide the highly sought-after skills and knowledge that public services such as the Police, Prison Service, Fire Service, Ambulance Service, Revenue & Customs and the Armed Forces have identified as important for their employees to possess. It is designed to improve the academic capital of uniformed public service workers, although anyone working with the public would benefit from taking this exciting and challenging course. It provides an opportunity to learn about these public services directly through work-based learning and in the classroom. Modules focus on subjects such as leadership, interpersonal and presentation skills, disaster planning, workplace cultures, ethical practice, financing public services, politics and public service, deviance, forensic science, equality, and cultural diversity. The teaching staff includes lecturers who have previous experience of working in these sectors, and during your studies you will also be able to hear from, as well as interact with, a wide range of public service professionals. There is also the opportunity to continue your academic studies by progressing onto a BA (Hons) Public Services degree.

Key Facts

Arts, Law & Social Sciences
University Centre Peterborough
2 Years
Tariff Points
Accredited By
Anglia Ruskin University

Part-time study available

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FdA Public Services


We have professional links with external agencies such as Axiom Housing, Cambridgeshire Constabulary, Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, HMP Peterborough, Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioners Office and the Fire Brigade Union.

Module guide

Year one core modules

  • Understanding Public Service
  • Basic Criminalities
  • Work-based Learning 1
  • Researching Social Issues
  • Political Ideologies and Social Controversies
  • Working in Public Services

Year two core modules

  • Work-based Learning 2
  • Leading Public Services
  • Cultures of War and Peace
  • Social Research Methods
  • Equality and Cultural Diversity at Work
  • Resilience and Emergency Management


Assessment is via a mix of examination, coursework and essays, plus other oral, work-based and activity-based assignments.

Associated careers

This degree has been developed, and continues to develop, through the very strong links with the Fire, Police, Prison, and Ambulance Services, Revenue & Customs, and the Armed Forces. As a graduate in public service you will be ideally situated to pursue a career in all of these areas.

Entry requirements

32 UCAS tariff points.

A levels required;
2 A levels in related subjects. 

BTEC/Access required;
A BTEC National or a full Access Certificate in a related subject.

GCSEs required;
3 GCSEs at grade C or above in English, Mathematics and Science

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