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?

Modules will include:

Level Four

  • The function of human resources within organisations
  • Research methods and study skills
  • Managing an enterprise project
  • Public services support for national and local communities
  • Professional practice (work-based learning)
  • The management of employee’s welfare, well-being and stress within the public services

Level Five

  • Equality and diversity in public services
  • Business environments
  • Research project
  • Advanced professional practice (work-based learning)
  • 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 essays, case studies, presentations, projects, portfolios report writing and examinations. 

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.

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