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Validated by York St. John University

If you wish to study this course full-time you must apply through UCAS. UCAS code: L436. Institution code Y70.

If you wish to study part-time follow the 'apply' link at the top of this page and fill out a York College application form.

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This programme is a top-up course to convert an existing Foundation Degree in to a full BA (Hons) degree. You will be taught the skills and practices needed to work in all areas of the public sector, giving you the expertise and knowledge you require to become a highly effective manager. You will study the political and governmental influence affecting the public sector, careers in the National Health Service, the education sector, careers in the National Health Service, the education sector, uniformed public services such as the police or Armed Forces and the voluntary sector.

Entry Requirements

Standard Entry: Foundation Degree (FD) Applied Social Science (Public Sector) or equivalent level 5 qualification in a relevant subject.

Non-standard entry: Applicants who have relevant skills and experience but who do not hold the standard minimum entry requirements will be considered. Applicants will be required to demonstrate the necessary skills and experience to enter the course through their personal statement.

Duration and Attendance

Full-time: 2 years

For part-time study, please contact the college directly

Programme Content

The flexibility of the course allows you to undertake academic research into a public sector context of your choice, through a suite of modules that allows for the development of critical thinking skills, as well as higher-level academic practices. It will provide you with interdisciplinary knowledge of management theory and strategy, allowing you to consider problem solving and decision making.

Course themes include:

  • Strategic human resource management
  • Crucial issues in management
  • Management theory
  • Governmental services
  • Strategic principles of management
  • Marketing management
  • Application of management techniques

Assessment Methods

A number of assessment methods are used including written assignments, practical assignments, presentations and evaluation of the workplace environment. You will go on to produce a dissertation relevant to your chosen sector, allowing you to fully investigate the application of management policies and practices, to resolve problems and achieve strategic goals.


Graduates will usually pursue careers in a variety of public service roles, possibly influencing a number of important decisions that affect the community around us. Potential careers include: police officer, youth worker, political advisor, counsellor and prison governor. The qualification also opens up opportunities for study on a variety of postgraduate courses.

Course Fees

  Fee 2017/18 (starts) Fee 2018/19 (starts)
Full time £6165 £7200
Part time £3080 £3600

*International Students should call the International team at York College on 01904 770425.

How to Apply

You need to apply for this course through the UCAS website.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this course or any aspects of studying at York College please email or call (01904) 770770.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.


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