Public Services
Faculty of Healthcare, Childcare and Public Services
Level Location Length UCAS Fee Ask Apply
Higher Education - Foundation Degree Hele Building This is a two year, full time programme. L430 FdSc/PS Click here for info

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

The programme covers topics relevant to a wide variety of public service careers, including those in the emergency services, armed forces, county councils, probation and prison service, voluntary sector, and private sector organisations. You will undertake a 60 hour work experience placement and research project and benefit from the college’s strong links with local voluntary and public service organisations. The programme will provide you with the skills and knowledge to be of immediate value as a public services or private sector employee, or if you are already working in any of these sectors and are looking for professional development.

You will gain valuable insight into the public services from a range of guest speakers and lecturing staff with service experience. Teaching will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, presentations and guided research. Employers will be involved in practical activities and assessments and you will visit a variety of public service organisations.

What topics will I study?

Year 1 Modules

  • The English Legal System
  • Introduction to Social Policy
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Political Economy - Governance and Policy
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Diversity: Values and Rights

Year 2 Modules

  • Understanding Deviancy, Crime and its Effects
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Communication and Customer Care
  • Contemporary Issues
  • Public Sector Performance Management
  • Research Project

This programme is awarded by Plymouth University. Click here to view the Programme Handbook for this course.

What experiences will I get?

There opportunities for work placement during the programme and students will be expected to embed these experiences into their studies.

What are the entry requirements?

You will need 64 UCAS tariff points (minimum) from AS, A Level or AVCE programmes, BTEC National/Extended Diploma/Certificate - grades MPP/MM, GNVQ Advanced, an appropriate NVQ at Level 3, an Access qualification or other qualifications deemed equivalent to the above.

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?

Many students move directly on to a career in the public services and begin voluntary work alongside their studies. Students can also progress on to the one-year BSc (Hons) Public Services or Public Services (Policing Studies) top up programme at Plymouth University.


Progression may be possible on to the one year Health and Social Care (top up) Bachelor of Science Honours Degree (BSc Hons) at Exeter College. Please note there is a deadline for progression applications and places may be subject to availability. 

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."

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