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University of Central Lancashire

Public Services (Top-Up)

UCAS Code: L491

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


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About this course


Course option

1.0year

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Public services

If you’re looking for practical and applied skills to equip you for future employment in public services, then our top-up degree offers you the chance to improve on your foundation or HND qualification in just one year and engage academically with current contemporary issues and the main challenges facing central and local government. You’ll be able develop your own views about a range of social sciences including politics, education, criminology and public services, and take advantage of work placements, volunteer based learning and the chance to go on field trips as part of your student experience.
The course will equip you to work in areas such as international organisations, non-governmental organisations, Criminal Justice, Police Service, Armed Services ,Youth Justice, Education environments and the National Health Service. Our graduates are working in a range of settings including the police service, the NHS and charities. Many students are working as teachers, support workers and researchers.

Modules

Compulsory: Policy Interpretations in The UK Dilemmas and Controversies – Putting Policy Into Practice Within Multidisciplinary Environments. Investigating Public Administration : Central and Local Government: Public Services Policy and Front Line Delivery, Public Services dissertation.

Students can choose one year two module or choose just from year three modules: Controversial Issues in Prisons, Understanding Policing, Understanding Interpersonal Violence, Diversity & Inclusive Practice, Volunteering in the EU,

Students choose either two year three modules or three year three modules: Understanding Security and Policing in the twenty-first Century, The Sociology of Childhood, Human Trafficking and ‘Modern Day’ Slavery, Crime and New Technologies, Understanding State Crime and Genocide, Sex, Violence and Strategies, The Education of Vulnerable Young People, Learning from Work in Children’s Services, Terrorism and Security, Why Prison?, Student Initiated Module, Global Community Exchange

The Uni


Course location:

University of Central Lancashire

Department:

Law and Social Science

TEF rating:
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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Politics

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
67%
Male students
33%
Female students
50%
2:1 or above
14%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

After graduation


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Politics

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
low
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
18%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Other elementary services occupations
16%
Protective service occupations
14%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

The numbers of people taking politics degrees fell sharply last year and we'll keep an eye on this one - it can't really be because of graduates getting poor outcomes as politics grads do about as well as graduates on average. Most politics or international relations graduates don't actually go into politics - although many do, as activists, fundraisers and researchers. Jobs in local and central government are also important. Other popular jobs include marketing and PR, youth and community work, finance roles, HR and academic research (you usually need a postgraduate degree to get into research). Because so many graduates get jobs in the civil service, a lot of graduates find themselves in London after graduating. Politics is a very popular postgraduate subject, and so about one in five politics graduates go on to take another course - usually a one-year Masters - after they finish their degrees.

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