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Undergraduate study

Course overview

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.

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.


Course details

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

Contemporary Society and the Public Services

Human and Criminal Behaviour

Introduction to Research

Management and Leadership in the Public Services

Self Analysis and Career Development

Technology and the Public Services


Year 2 modules

Criminal Law and Public Services

Crisis Management

Emergency Planning in the Public Services

Global Issues on the Public Services

Governmental Impact on the Public Services

Research Project in the Public Services

Theories relating to Crimes of Violence


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 provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

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.

Because this course is taught at Darlington College and Hartlepool College of Further Education, this course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students.

For additional information please see our entry requirements

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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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 to 2021/22 academic year

Fee for UK applicants
£6,150 a year

More details about our fees

What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 2 years
  • UCAS code: L430 FdA/PS
  • Start date: September
  • Semester dates
  • Typical offer: 40-48 tariff points

Apply online (full-time) through UCAS



  • Not available part-time

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