Public Services (Top Up)
Faculty of Healthcare, Childcare and Public Services
Level Location Length UCAS Fee Ask Apply
Higher Education - BSc Hons (top up) Hele Building This is a one year full time programme or a two year part time programme. 417N Click here for info

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

This course will be an excellent way to enhance your existing qualifications and open up new career possibilities. The programme will enable you to expand on the knowledge and skills gained whilst studying for a Foundation Degree in Public Services or have accumulated 240 credits from other relevant degrees, typically after two full time years (or the equivalent part time) of university studies. 

You will have access to dedicated university level facilities, e-learning and mixed media resources within the faculty and enjoy visits from guest speakers from the industry. You will demonstrate your skills using reflection, presentations, IT and guided research. Assessment is completely coursework based and you will attend a mixture of lectures, tutorials, demonstrations and seminars.


What topics will I study?

• Contemporary Issues in the Public Services

• Human Resources Management

• Ethics in the Public Services

• Policy Formation and Partnership Working

• Advanced Research Project

The teaching time takes place over two consecutive days but hours can vary from one to two full days. Additional extra time is required for research and writing up for assessments, placements, etc.

Click here to view the Programme Handbook for this course.

What experiences will I get?

Particular emphasis will be placed on developing your research skills, critical thinking skills and vocational practice. You will benefit from our strong industry links, with expert guidance and assessment feedback direct from employers. You will also be strongly advised to complete a minimum of 20 hours vocational work experience in the wider public services sector. The broad subject area allows you to tailor your assignments to your specific vocational interests. 

What are the entry requirements?

Completion of a Level 5 Foundation Degree or equivalent (120 credits at Levels 4 and 120 at Level 5).

What facilities are there?

You will have access to a learning centre, college gym and cafes, plus higher education study and social areas.

What can the course lead on to?

On successful completion of the programme, you have the opportunity to continue your learning and progress onto a Level 7 Masters Degree programme. Progression to a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is also an option. 

You may progress directly into employment in the wider uniformed and non-uniformed public services sector, including health, care, voluntary and charitable sectors or pursue further university studies, as mentioned above. Past students have gone on to work in PR in the health and social care sector and to complete a PGCE with the scope to become a primary school or other teacher.

Are there any additional costs?

Other costs would include the purchase of recommended textbooks, any travel expenses to and from Exeter College, any costs arising from visiting, for example, public services, courts of justice, special events, Plymouth University campus.

What do our students think?

I feel my experiences on the Foundation Degree have greatly improved my employability in the public sector. I am now completing the top-up year at Plymouth University."

I have met some great people during my time at Exeter College, I have built on my self-confidence and been able to do some amazing things such as police role pay days, PCSO role play days and also I had the opportunity to do my Royal Navy psychometric test. I would 100% recommend Exeter College because it is a fantastic place to study and I have had so many amazing experiences here."

College Prospectus

back to top