FdA Public Service

The Public Service foundation degree aims to provide the highly sought after skills and knowledge that the public services such as the police, prison service, fire service, ambulance service, revenue and customs, armed forces and the probation service have identified as important for their employees to possess.

The course is designed to improve the academic capital of uniformed public services 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, 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 interact with, a wide range of guest speakers including public service professionals.

The courses at University Centre Peterborough are studied in smaller class sizes compared with other universities, a typical class size is under 30 students.

  • You will learn from lecturers with industry experience and work with other related courses such as Criminology and Sociology to develop interdisciplinary awareness.
  • We have guest speakers from Cambs Police, Cambs Fire & Rescue Service and RAF Wyton, offering an insight knowledge into organisations.
  • Students will complete work-based placements in years 1 and 2, which can lead to full-time employment after completing the course.
  • After successful completion of the FdA, you have the opportunity to complete the BA (Hons) Public Service Top-up to obtain a full honours degree.

32 UCAS points:

  • A-levels
  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma
  • Cambridge Technical Level 3
  • IB Diploma
  • Access to HE

Students who do not qualify by any of these qualifications should call 01733 214466 or email admissions@ucp.ac.uk to discuss equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience.

You must have GCSEs English and Mathematics at grade C or above.

We accept A-level General Studies and AS-levels when combined with other full qualifications.

If English is not your first language you will require IELTS score of 6.0 (with 5.5 minimum in each skill) or an equivalent English Language  qualification.

ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR CERTIFICATED LEARNING (APCL) FOR ENTRY

APCL relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study. If you have previously completed a course which is relevant to your proposed course you should make this clear when you apply. For this to be eligible for consideration you must be able to provide certification, which shows your success in a final assessment for that course. Learning must be completed in the last five years or further evidence of updating will be required. Simple participation in a course or an attendance certificate is not sufficient.

EXEMPTIONS BASED ON ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR LEARNING (APL)

UCP offers students flexibility in their studies, by recognising learning they may have completed elsewhere before they apply. The Accreditation of Prior Learning processes ensure that we can take this into account when determining the modules you must study. It is important that you should identify any relevant prior learning when you apply.  If your previous study specifically relates to modules on the course you wish to undertake we may approve a reduced programme of study, thus shortening the time it takes to obtain your award. Where this relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study, this is called Prior Certificated Learning, and where learning has been achieved through relevant work or experience, this is referred to as Prior Experiential Learning. Claims must be approved before you commence a course.

EXEMPTIONS BASED ON ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR EXPERIENTIAL CERTIFICATED LEARNING (APEL)

It is important to understand that the APEL process does not award academic credit for experience alone, but for learning which can be shown to have been achieved through that experience. Students are required to prepare an individual case for the credit arising from their learning experiences. This normally means that a student receives support in the preparation of a portfolio, in which their claim is justified in detail and is supported by relevant evidence. This portfolio of evidence is then submitted for assessment and the possible award of academic credit. Alternative methods of assessment of evidence may be available but needs to be discussed with the Admissions team or Course Leader.

If you have any questions about entry requirements contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email admissions@ucp.ac.uk.

You must take modules worth 120 credits at each level of the course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits.

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)
  • Understanding Public Services (30 credits)
  • Basic Criminalistics (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Social Sciences (15 credits)
  • Working in Public Services (15 credits)
  • Work Based Learning 1 (15 credits)
  • Political Ideologies and Social Controversies (15 credits)
  • Researching Social Issues (15 credits)
Year two for full-time students (Level 5)
  • Leading Public Servants (15 credits)
  • Police and Crime Control (15 credits)
  • Resilience and Emergency Management (15 credits)
  • Equality and Cultural Diversity at Work (15 credits)
  • Work Based Learning 2 (15 credits)
  • Cultures of War and Peace (15 credits)
  • Research Design and Project Preparation (15 credits)

Click here for more information about each of the core modules.

A typical 15 credit module is 150 hours includes 36 hours of tutor led delivery and 114 hours of recommended independent study.  A typical 30 credit module is 300 hours includes 72 hours of tutor led delivery and 228 hours of recommended independent study.  A full-time student should expect to undertake 38 additional hours per week during term-time.

When studying this course at University Centre Peterborough, we will timetable your lectures as two full days a week over two semesters per year.

Each semester is up to 15 weeks which includes 12 teaching weeks and 3 assessment weeks. If studying full-time you will be in classes, seminars and tutorials for approximately 15 hours per week and will spend the rest of your time in independent study and extra-curricular activities.

We recommend that full-time students allow up to an additional 40 hours per week for additional study. The campus is open Monday to Friday throughout the whole year and open late until 9.00pm from Monday to Thursday during term time. You also have 24/7 access to online resources from Anglia Ruskin University.

Timetables are available at least one month before enrolment and you can refer to the academic calendar for examination weeks and resit periods. Note that the days of the week you study may change each year and in some circumstances one of the full days might have to be split into two half days, but we aim to keep these as full days where possible.

Throughout the duration of your course you will be assessed by the following methods:

  • Essays
  • Reports
  • Portfolio
  • Reflective log book
  • Presentation/oral assessment
  • Work based assessment
  • Practical assessment
  • Written assessment
  • Multiple choice examination

We will provide, by the beginning of the first week of each semester, a current module guide with all the information you need for each module, including details of assessment tasks, the deadlines for these tasks, the required format and any relevant guidance.

When a student has achieved 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5 they become eligible for a foundation degree. The award classification is determined by calculating the credit weighted arithmetic mean of the module results for all modules at level 5.The following classifications are determined by the above calculation:

70%+         Distinction
60-69%     Merit
40-59%     Pass
0-39%       Fail

A student who has achieved FdA Public Service may choose to apply for the level 6 BA (Hons) Public Service course as a new student in order to achieve a second qualification. On achievement of 120 credits at level 6, their final BA (Hons) degree classification will be by calculating the credit weighted arithmetic mean of the module results for all modules at level 6 only.

After successful completion of the FdA, you have the opportunity to complete the BA (Hons) Public Service Top-up to obtain a full honours degree with a further year of study.

Graduates have been successful in gaining employment within the sector for example the police, prison service, probation service, the civil service and security industry, as well as progressing onto postgraduate studies. We have had students who are still employed by organisations where they carried out work placements for work based learning modules in years 1 and 2. The majority have chosen this route, but others have sought employment notably in the security sector.

Andy O'Brien

I am the Course Leader for the FdA Public Service and BA (Hons) Public Service degrees at University Centre Peterborough.  I have been teaching at University Centre Peterborough since September 2011 on a number of modules including Understanding Public Services, Politics and the Public Services, Public Service Policy, Leading Public Servants to name a few.

Prior to teaching at University Centre Peterborough I have had experience teaching Public Services Level 1 to 3 in Further Educations at Peterborough Regional College teaching a combination of theoretical and practically based units such as Government Policies and the Uniformed Public Services, Outdoor and Adventurous Activities, Alternative Pursuits, Security and the Public Services and .the Impact of War and Terrorism on Public Services.

Beforehand I spent 25 years in the Royal Air Force as an avionics engineer spending the majority of the time working in the Reconnaissance world and Electronic Warfare environment which included overseas deployments as well as a Staff Tour within the Defence Logistics Organisation supporting Nimrod R1 aircraft and teaching in an Electronic Warfare \School at the Electronic Warfare and Avionics Detachment.

I completed my Postgraduate studies in Security and Risk Management in 2014 with a specific focus on Identity Theft and Cyber Crime and Situational and Social Crime Prevention Initiatives.  I competed my teacher training in 2011.  Research interests include International Security, War and Conflict, Air Power and Cybercrime.

Qualifications

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Security and Risk Management
  • Diploma In Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector 
  • Licentiateship (LCGI) for the London City and Guilds Senior awards in Leadership and Management Foundation Degree

When you have chosen a course to study at University Centre Peterborough, your next step is to make an application.

All full-time applications for UK and EU students must be made to UCAS via a web-based tracker system – www.ucas.com (the institution code for University Centre Peterborough is P56).

All part-time and postgraduate applications can be directly to University Centre Peterborough. Contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email admissions@ucp.ac.uk to start your application.

If you only wish to apply to University Centre Peterborough and already have the entry requirements, you can also apply directly to us by downloading and completing the following form.

Before you apply, please check that you meet the entry requirement which is listed on the course information pages.

WHEN TO APPLY

For full-time undergraduate and HNC/D applications, we advise you to make an application for your chosen course as soon as possible to secure your place. We will process your application within 1 to 5 working days so you know if you have a successfully received an unconditional or conditional offer. We are available to help you through every step of the way.

First UCAS deadline
Applications for the majority of undergraduate courses will be made by 6.00pm on Tuesday 15th January 2019.

UCAS Extra
If you missed the first UCAS deadline, you can still apply through UCAS Extra from Monday 25th February to Thursday 4th July 2019. This also gives you the opportunity to add UCP as an additional choice if you have used all five choices and are not holding any offers.

Clearing
From Friday 5th July 2019 you can apply via UCAS through Clearing.

This is open to those who have not yet applied or students who have waited until they have received their grades. However, you do not need to wait until you receive your grades before applying through Clearing.

If you have applied and been accepted at another university, you still have the opportunity to change to study at University Centre Peterborough.

WHAT IF I DON’T GET THE GRADES I EXPECTED?

Don’t panic. If you have done better or worse than you expected, contact University Centre Peterborough during Clearing and we will let you know very quickly. During this time of year we have additional staff so you can speak to admissions and academic staff who can advise if you can be accepted on a degree. We are used to helping hundreds of students at this time of year so you can feel assured that you receive the best advice and support.

If you have any questions about making an application contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email admissions@ucp.ac.uk.

Key Facts

UCAS Code
L900
Institution code
P56
Accredited by:
Anglia Ruskin University

Location
University Centre Peterborough

Duration and Delivery

2 years full-time 
(2 full days a week over two semesters per year)


Start Date
w/c 16th September 2019

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for full-time undergraduate UK and EU students starting in 2019/20 will be £8,000 per year, which is lower compared with many other universities.

All full-time undergraduate students will receive £500 cash reward at the end of every year and students from low income households can apply for a £500 cash bonus after the first semester of every year (subject to eligibility).

Fees for part-time study are pro-rata depending on the number of credits you are studying (i.e. 60 credits per year will be 50% of the tuition fee).

There may be additional costs for this course which are not covered by the tuition fee.


Additional Notes

Click here for terms and conditions 2018/19 including our complaints policy.

The course content is currently being revalidated for September 2019 and this webpage will be updated as soon as confirmed so please check back for updates.


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