Foundation Degree in Public Sector Management

The qualification will develop your academic writing skills, management and leadership skills and motivate you towards further study onto a BA(Hons) Top Up Degree.

The Public Sector Business environment and key concepts will be explored and the impacts of the economy on the Public Sector. You could also apply for a Public Sector Graduate programme as well as gain the appropriate level of qualification to apply for more specialist roles with the Public Sector, such as Researcher, a senior role within the Armed forces or a role in the Emergency Services, Local Council/Government, Courts, Prison Service and the Probationary service.

The programme modules are varied and allows you to explore case studies linked to the Public Sectors past experiences and future plans. Extended research skills will be developed, and management and leadership theories investigated, and you will create and undertake projects to support third sector organisations and analyse and evaluate data and Human Resource Management. Legislative requirements will be explored in depth and amendments to current legislation considered with a focus on human resource management, equality and diversity and ethical issues.

Once you’ve successfully completed the Foundation Degree you’ll have a clear understanding of the Public Sector industry, and gained relevant practical skills, and be able to confidently undertake and interpret academic research that will allow you to progress onto the BA (Hons) Level 6 Top Up in Public Sector Management, or into employment.

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