FdA Public Services

Entry Requirements

A typical offer is 40-48 tariff points. However, the entry criteria is based on your ability to succeed and can be demonstrated in a variety of ways including:

A range of Level 3 qualifications (NVQ3, BTEC Award, A Level)

You can apply for an Accreditation of Prior Learning, with previous industrial experience also be taken into account.

We will also invite you for a professional discussion

What's Involved

Course overview

This course provide you with a recognised qualification which enhances your opportunities for potential employment within the Police and Fire & Rescue Services , the Armed Forces, local government, civil service, education, HM Prison Service and Ambulance Services.

The course will develop your knowledge and understanding of the relationship between theory and practice in the public services sector, and introduces a variety of analytical approaches and current issues. Modules for this course may include research, self analysis, criminal behaviour and technology.

There may be optional visits and trips throughout the course, that could be chargeable, however costs will be kept to a minimum. You will be given advance notice of these taking place.

The programme has been designed to reflect the combination of theoretical and practical knowledge and experience required in the public services. The emphasis in Year 1 is on the application of knowledge, skills and understanding, use of conventions in the field of study, use of analytical skills, and selection and organisation of information.

In Year 2 the emphasis is on application and evaluation of contrasting ideas, principles, theories and practices, greater specialisation in the field of study, and an increasing independence in systematic enquiry and analysis. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, group work and individual study.

Year 1 modules will focus on:

> Contemporary Society and the Public Service

> Introduction to Research

> Technology in the Public Service

> Management and Leadership

> Self-analysis and Career Development

> Human and Criminal behaviour.

Year 2 modules cover:

> Governmental Impact

> Criminal Law

> Research project

> Theories Relating to Crimes of Violence, Global Issues and Emergency Planning or Crisis management.

Course Assessment Method

Assessment is entirely through the production of coursework for each module. This could be by essay, reports, presentations and a research project.

What's Next

You could progress onto a full or part time degree relating to the public service industry, including the final year of the BA (Hons) in Police Studies and also progression onto the second year of the BSc in Criminology.

What if I Need Support

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

What does it Cost?

This course is an award of Teesside University delivered in partnership with Darlington College.

Course fee is paid directly to Teesside. Full details of course fees are available from Teesside University.

All fees are per year.

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your course. Study now, pay when you are earning. See www.studentfinancedirect.co.uk

for more details.

Course Information
Qualification Type:
Level: Level 5
Academic Year: 21/22
Start Date: September 2021

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