Foundation Degree in Public Services and Criminology

Course Details

  • Start Date
    September 2019
  • Duration
    2 years
  • Attendance
    Full Time
  • Awarding Body
    University of Plymouth
  • Cost
  • Centre Location
  • Course Description

    This programme is designed for students who want to work in the public services and for those who have an interest in entering the world of criminology and related public service employment.

    It will allow students to understand how society functions and how criminals are conditioned to behave and the role of public services in a changing society. It will also look at how the public services can use this same information to be more effective in the fight against crime. Students will finish with relevant theoretical and practical knowledge that enables them to progress to a final year top-up in Policing, Criminology and will aid the understanding of wider public services and non-crime focussed societal activities.

    Students on the programme may;

    • Undertake work placement in a relevant service
    • Have the opportunity to be involved in the 999 Academy
    • Interact with guest speakers from the public services
    • Be taught by highly qualified and experienced staff

    The purpose of the Foundation Degree in Public Services and Criminology is to supplement the knowledge and skills developed through public services qualifications with a wider appreciation and understanding of the role the services plays in the industry and to develop further skills relevant to the wider aspects of working in the public services.  

    The course is to be delivered at our Taunton site, allowing students to experience the facilities and space needed for the course delivered in our university centre. It will be supplemented by visits to different services, guest speakers and an opportunity to undertake work placement within a suitable service provider.

    You can view the course handbook here.

  • Teaching and Assessment

    The course is delivered by various types of learning, including lectures, seminars, presentations and practicals. Assessment will be through assignments or essays, portfolios, practical assessments and presentations.

  • Progression Opportunities

    Upon successful completion of this course you can top-up to a full Honours Degree by studying the BSc (Hons) Public Services (Policing) Top-up at Plymouth University or the BSc (Hons) Public Services (Top-up) at Exeter College.

    Alternative options are available with other Universities. Many of our students have taken up employment in the public services sector including the Police, Fire and Ambulance Services, HM Forces, HM Prison Service and outdoor education and activity centres.

  • Entry Requirements

    You will require a minimum of 48 (previously 120) UCAS tariff points from a full Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject area and at least four GCSEs at grades A* - C, or Grade 4 including Maths and English or Level 2 equivalent. Mature applicants with relevant experience who do not have the stated entry requirements are encouraged to apply.