Foundation Degree (FdA) Public Services
This course is currently being revalidated with course content being reviewed.
This programme is for students who are keen to pursue a career in the Public Services/Public Sector as a manager and leader. An emphasis is placed on vocational application in an academic context.
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 workshops, lectures, seminars, practical sessions, tutorials and self-directed study, again with emphasis on industry practice. The emphasis on employability skills 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.
The curriculum will include:
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.
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, but also need to know how to apply them in the workplace.
- 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.
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 five 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.
Once you successful complete this programme you could progress onto a number of top up programmes including
This well-recognised qualification will assist you in finding career opportunities in Public Services/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.
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.