Undergraduate study
Public Services

FdA Public Services

UCAS code: L430 FdA/PS

This is a Teesside University award delivered in partnership with Hartlepool College of Further Education and Darlington College. Employment prospects in public services are vast and varied whether in the uniformed or non-uniformed area. This programme integrates work-related experience and the academic knowledge required for a career in public services.

Course information


  • Length: 2 years

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  • Not available part-time

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This programme provides you with a recognised qualification which enhances your opportunities for potential employment within the police and fire services, the armed forces, local government, civil service, education, prison service and ambulance services. The course develops your knowledge and understanding of the relationship between theory and practice in the public services sector, and introduces a variety of analytical approaches and current issues.

Professional accreditation

Students studying on the FdA Public Services programme may have the opportunity to gain additional qualifications including:

  • Basic Expedition Leaders Award (BELA)
  • BCU (Canoe/Kayak award)
  • Foundation Safety and Rescue
  • Stewarding Award
  • First Aid Qualification.

These additional qualifications may vary. Further information is available at tees.ac.uk/ug/business

The programme has been designed to reflect the combination of theoretical and practical knowledge and experience required in the public services. The emphasis in Year 1 is on the application of knowledge, skills and understanding, use of conventions in the field of study, use of analytical skills, and selection and organisation of information. In Year 2 the emphasis is on application and evaluation of contrasting ideas, principles, theories and practices, greater specialisation in the field of study, and an increasing independence in systematic enquiry and analysis.

Course structure

Year 1 modules

Management and Leadership in the Public Services

Self Analysis and Career Development

Work-based Development


and three optional modules

Contemporary Society and the Public Services

Managing and Developing People

The purpose of this module is to provide students with an understanding of the main theories of Human Resource Management (HRM) and how they are applied within a practical setting. The module will provide the necessary theoretical and practical underpinning necessary to the comprehension and analysis of the nature of HRM

Managing Financial Resources

Managing Physical Activity

Practical Outdoor Skills

Stakeholder Communications in Public Services


Year 2 modules

Crisis Management

Diversity in the Public Services

Governmental Impact on the Public Services

Managing Change

This module explores the respective roles of managers and leaders within organisations and the qualities required by those who wish to move from manager to leader. It considers the role of communication both within and outside the organisation and the importance of ethical behaviour and trust. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of leadership skills and the development of a strategic and visionary approach to organisational leadership.

Practical Outdoor Management

Work-related Project


Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, group work and individual study.

How you are assessed

Assessment is entirely through the production of coursework for each module.

Our Disability Services team helps students with additional needs resulting from disabilities such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties such as dyslexia
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Career opportunities

This programme will appeal to anyone who is either considering a career in the uniformed public services or who aspires to being involved in a management role in a public-services-related career.

Entry requirements

A typical offer is 40-48 tariff points.

The entry criteria are based on your ability to succeed and can be demonstrated in a variety of ways including:

  • a range of Level 3 qualifications (NVQ 3, BTEC Award, A level)
  • you can apply for an Accreditation of Prior Learning
  • previous industrial experience will also be taken into account.

We also invite you for an interview.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Course information


  • Length: 2 years

More full-time details


  • Not available part-time

Contact details

Further information