City College Plymouth

FdSc Community and Public Services

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. In 2017, the College was awarded the Teaching Excellence Framework Gold Award for our university-level provision.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • CITY1115 21st Century Democracy

      This module will examine theories and types of democracy and how they¿re applied to governance. It will question what we mean by democracy, exploring developments and opportunities related to democracy in 21st century. It will also consider political ideologies, the political parties and the influence of non- state actors on 21st Century democracy. Students will examine power and influence, including supranational.

    • CITY1116 Crime and Justice Services

      This module examines the structure and roles of organisations within the Criminal Justice System of England and Wales taking into account current trends and prospective policies in law and order. It also examines issues of policing and the theories which underpin criminal justice delivery.

    • CITY1117 Equality and Diversity

      This module is concerned with recognising and promoting discussion on the central issues concerning Equality and Diversity. It examines the way issues of equality and diversity have been understood and incorporated into British society and how these have been translated into working practice within the UK Public Services.

    • CITY1118 Community and Public Services

      This module will explore and critically examine community and public service organisations to give students a better understanding of what constitutes public and community services and the roles they play in wider society. It will consider how organisations use collaboration to address challenges.

  • Year 2
  • Optional modules
    • CITY1119 Applied Social Psychology

      This module will provide an opportunity to explore the application of social psychological theories in a variety of community and public service settings. It will support students in developing knowledge and understanding of how these theories can be used to understand behaviour.

    • CITY1120 Developing Community and Public Service Competencies 1

      This module offers a practice-based student learning experience designed to provide an understanding of community and public service competencies and to develop these skills and abilities within a practice- based learning environment. Students will develop skills necessary for a successful career in community and public services such as, ICT, data and information analysis, research, communication and teamwork.

    • CITY2128 Enterprise and the Economy

      This module aims to develop an understanding of the concepts of enterprise, risk taking and innovations within the context of a wide variety of national and international organisational and market settings. It will also give students a build on students conceptual understanding of the objectives of macroeconomic policy the instruments for achieving them and associated constraints within this process.

    • CITY2132 Policy and Social Justice

      This module will explore the role of public policy and social justice in today¿s society. It will critically examine theories of social justice, the state and non-state actors engaged in various social justice movements and the practical application of policy to address social justice issues. Students will evaluate the theories of social justice such as procedural and distributive justice and how these are applied.

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

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

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

For further information and to apply for this course, please contact the college's admissions team directly using the contact details below. 

Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with the University of Plymouth at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

For further information, including the progression from foundation degree form, please visit

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. 

Studying with City College Plymouth

Just one-and-a-half miles from Plymouth University, 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.

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