Foundation Degree in Public Sector Management

This programme is for applicants who are keen to gain the appropriate level of qualification to apply for more specialist roles with the Public Services, such as researcher, officer in the Armed Forces, Local Council/Government, Courts and the Probationary service. By completing an additional one-year top-up the student could also apply for a graduate programme with, for example, the Prison Service. Supervisors or middle managers currently working in the Public Services may find the programme appealing for their own personal development.

What will I study?

Level 4 – Year 1 (Certificate Stage)

In your first year, you will build a solid base of practical skills and theory, that will help underpin all your studies.


  • The function of human resources within organisations
  • Research methods and study skills
  • Managing an enterprise project
  • Public services support for national and local communities
  • Key Business Concepts in the Public Sector
  • The management of employee’s welfare, well-being and stress within the public services

Level 5 – Year 2 (Foundation Degree Stage)

In your second year, you will expand and test your skills to a higher standard, ensuring that you are ready to enter employment or continue onto a BA(Hons) Top Up Degree.


  • Equality and diversity in public services
  • Business environments
  • Research project
  • Career Professional Development
  • Economic impact on the UK public services
  • Leadership and teamwork in the public services



How will I be assessed?

The course will include a variety of assessment methods including presentations, written reports and essays, an exam, display stands, information leaflets, group work and peer reviews.

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

How will the course be delivered?

The programme content will be delivered through a combination of theoretical lectures, off-site visits and seminars with guest speakers from industry. Students will have the opportunity to work individually and as a group whilst gaining additional programme support via tutorial sessions.

A focus on real world problems and issues, encountered in both classroom, through research and up to date current affairs and case studies and field work contexts. Field work, leadership and teamwork are core to the student experience at all stages of the programme, and teaching focuses on problem solving issues.

Vocational experience will be delivered within a work placement of the students’ choice. Students are expected to complete independent learning whilst using the College’s virtual learning environment for programme resources and interactive communication/support.

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

  • 48 UCAS points from advanced level studies, Access to Higher Education or other relevant level three qualifications


  • College interview


  • Applications from mature students 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?

Successful students have the option of continuing their studies by applying for a level six top-up programme within a related subject such as a BA (Hons) in Public Sector Management. Students may also gain or continue employment in a range of professions within the public services.

Additional information

Validated by the University of Hull