BA (Hons) Top Up in Public Sector Management

The college already offer a FdA in Public Sector Management and would like to be able to offer a top-up provision to BA (Hons) level. The programme would enable students to continue with their academic skills development, continue to extend their research and study skills as well as further develop their analytical and critical thinking skills. It would aim to give them the skill of being able to critically reflect on their performance and personal achievements. The programme also enables students to network and potentially gain employment opportunities, or work experience with employers and businesses.


The programme modules are varied and a linear approach has been considered that embraces the FdA modules. The top-up programme will continue to build on the FdA and allow the students to continue to investigate case studies and management theories. The rationale and approach towards assessment is aimed to give variety and help in the development of the student skills set, such as IT, management of meetings and activities that require a certain level of responsibility in the world of work, whilst building up students’ self-confidence, to help them prepare for interviews, manage meetings and organise a project or regeneration proposal from start to finish.

What will I study?

Modules will include:

  • Managing and Organising a Project
  • Regeneration, Sustainability and Communities
  • Global and Social Policy Issues
  • Equality, Diversity, Social Exclusion and Community Cohesion
  • Dissertation

How will I be assessed?

The course will include a variety of assessment methods including:

  • Course work
  • Essays
  • Reports
  • Presentations
  • Literature reviews
  • Project management
  • Dissertation

For more information about assessment, including guidance on marking, feedback and plagiarism, please refer to the HE Assessment Policy and the programme spec for course-specific information.

How will the course be delivered?

A key online resource which will be frequently used during the programme is the college’s virtual learning environment. Teams contains a wide range of on-line resources such as journals and reading lists as well as links to many other relevant online sources. Students will have access to the university learning resources both on campus and on-line. Teams can be used to set independent tasks, such as preparation for presentations and discussions, and each module on the programme will have self-study questions available. These questions will expand knowledge and enable the students to check their own learning, helping them to critically reflect on their key strengths and areas in need of development.

All programmes are led and taught by experienced teaching staff who are vocational specialists.  They are qualified, and often have extensive experience within the industry or the sector being studied. All teaching staff meet or exceed the requirements set by the awarding institute or body.  

Staff profile:  Julie Marr

Julie has 15 years lecturing experience and has a background as training and HR manager.  She works actively alongside third sector organisations. Her research interests are management and leadership and government and politics.

Entry requirements

FdA Level 5 or HND, and college interview. Students will be required to have successfully completed 240 credits from the first two years of study on a Foundation Degree programme

Applications will be viewed on an application by application basis

Accredited Prior Learning (APL) will also be taken into consideration alongside extensive work experience in the public service

A typical offer for this course would ask for the entry requirements to be met, however, all offers take individual applicants’ experience and qualifications into account. 

What next?

Graduate Scheme, Post Gradaute Certificate in Education, Masters programme, Employment.

Additional information

Validated by the University of Hull