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BA (Hons) Leadership in the Public Sector

This programme has been designed to provide the academic and practical skills required by the Public Sector
Course description: 

This programme has been designed for students who are keen to pursue a career in the Public Sector as a manager and specifically as a Leader. 

All of City College Norwich’s Degree programmes are validated by the UEA, meaning that the quality of the awards you get is assured by a world renowned Higher Education organisation. The UEA is a UK top 20 and world top 150 university.

The course is delivered over 2 consecutive days a week through a mix of lectures, seminars, practical sessions, tutorials and some self-directed specific study. There is an emphasis on employability skills which means this is a vocational programme and will also enable you to both embed your learning in the workplace as well as reflect on work practice in an academic and theoretical context. This programme also prepares you for study at Masters level and this has been a very successful progression route for students.

The curriculum will include subject specific modules in:

Year 1 (level 4)

  • Democracy and Politics. An introduction to democracy and the political processes and how they may be measured within the UK society.
  • Law. Provides a broad and critical understanding of the sources, principles, structure and functions of the English legal system.
  • Ethics. You will be encouraged to reflect upon their own professional practice and situations of an ethical nature that arise to further develop learning.
  • Leadership and Management. An introduction to the principles of leadership and management in the public services including basic leadership and management theories.
  • Mental Health and the Work Place. Through this module students will be able to understand and recognise mental health issues within a work place environment and have coping mechanisms ready to deal with these situations.

Year 2 (level 5)

  • Crime and Criminology. Develop your understanding of the way the legal system works, with a particular emphasis on criminal behaviour and the criminal justice system – what is a ‘crime’ and why do people commit crimes?
  • Globalisation and Security. Develop your knowledge and understanding of current global issues and how they impact upon nation states and UK public services.
  • Leadership and Management Development Skills. Public service practitioners not only need to have a good theoretical understanding of management and leadership theories.
  • Professional Studies and Outdoor Application. Qualitatively develop your ability to apply theoretical principles in management and leadership within a land based skills residential week. This is currently based at Glenmore Lodge the National Centre for Scotland, this may change in future years.

Year 3 (Level 6)

  • Individual Leadership and Management skills. This module builds on previous knowledge and places it at a personal skills level and how you might apply this in future employment.
  • Contemporary Issues. This module reflects on current subjects within the context of Public Sector and allows the you to develop your own understanding of the academic process of Level 6 research skills.
  • Professional Development and Mentoring. You will develop a mentoring programme using all the current thinking and work this in practice with mentees in a real mentoring scenario which lasts all year.
  • Dissertation. This module allows you to develop your own style of writing and research skills and create an in depth study into a subject of your choice.
Entry requirements: 

Applicants should have a relevant Level 3 Diploma or NVQ Level 3 or equivalent A levels. We expect you above all to have the commitment and enthusiasm to be successful and all applicants are offered an interview. We welcome applications from mature (21+) students who have experience in practice or other suitable qualifications.

Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading), the required minimum is:

  • IELTS (SELT): 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components)
  • Or GCSE English A*-C or grade four and above
  • Or equivalent qualification. Please contact the Advice Shop for advice and guidance 

International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the International Students webpage. 


The course will include a variety of assessment methods including essays, case studies, presentations, projects, portfolios and report writing.

Career progression: 

This well-recognised qualification will assist you in finding career opportunities in the Public Sector, Local Government or the Police and Armed Forces. If you are in work it will enhance your ability to contribute effectively to your organisation and thus the possibility of progression into and through supervisory and management roles.

Course fee per year: 
£7 500.00

In addition to tuition fees, there will be additional fees for the Professional Studies trip in the second year. This trip is to Glenmore Lodge in Scotland and is costed at approximately £400 per person (subject to suppliers cost).

Please see our Higher Education funding page for details of support available. 

For international students, please contact our International Student Adviser  in the first instance. We also recommend you take a look at our International Students webpage. 

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