City College Plymouth

BSc (Hons) Community and Public Service Management

We are a College with a national reputation for promoting enterprise, employability and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Study in a friendly, supportive higher education community with dedicated and enthusiastic lecturers delivering courses designed with employers, ensuring that you graduate with industry-relevant skills and knowledge.

Course details

  • Course overview

  • Core modules

    • Community and Public Services Delivery and Evaluation (CITY3008)

      This modules links the contemporary public sector context (economic efficiency, equity and economic rationalism) to the delivery of public services (direct provision or regulated private/partnership provision) and to the issues of market forces, customer orientation and ethics and accountability, so as to be able to identify, assess and manage client and stakeholder needs and their satisfaction.

    • Ethical Decision Making (CITY3009)

      This module introduces students to the notion of ethical decision making and provides an analysis of how those principles are applied to a variety of decision making contexts. It will look at the theoretical basis of ethical decisions and consider their application in modern government, community and public service settings.

    • Management and Leadership for Change in Community and Public Services (CITY3010)

      The public sector and associated organisations are in a process of continual change. You will explore core theories relating to leadership and organisational change in the public sector, as well as some of the most up to date research and work in the field. There will be an emphasis on development and sustainability, which is now a prominent concept, as both public and private organisations compete for increasingly limited resources.

    • Community and Public Services Research Project (CITY3011)

      This module emphasises the skills required of the student as an autonomous learner, as its setting is geared toward the student taking responsibility for choosing a community or public service related topic, be that practice, policy or theory focused and then demonstrating the confidence to plan and undertake an autonomous research project.

    Optional modules

    • Cohesion and Conflict (CITY3007)

      This module will develop students understanding of cohesion and conflict at individual, community and international levels. It will consider the conception of cohesion and conflict as either positive or negative and consider the drivers and consequences for individuals and communities. It will look critically at responses to cohesion and conflict through community and public service organisations.

    • Understanding Addiction and Compulsive Behaviour (CITY3012)

      This module allows students to explore addiction and compulsive behaviour, enabling professional practice to be applied with an increased understanding and awareness; nurturing a person-centred approach for care and intervention. Module content will include exploring factors impacting on individual well-being and behaviour (children, young people and adults), assessment methods, intervention, services and legislations. Understanding of addiction and compulsive behaviour will be developed from both a professional and services user perspective.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).
UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code.
To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Our partnership with City College Plymouth

The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Open days

Partner college open days

This course is run at one of our partner colleges. Open days are held at the college and more details of these can be found on the college website. You'll find contact details below, on this page.

University of Plymouth open days

You are also very welcome to attend a University of Plymouth open day, to get a flavour of the courses you can progress to from a partner college. There will however be limited information on this specific course and college.

Studying with City College Plymouth

Just one-and-a-half miles from the University of Plymouth, we’re one of the largest colleges in the South West, with two main sites linked by shuttle buses, with a dynamic Students’ Union and Student Liaison Team.
Plymouth students working on a group project