Strode College

FdSc Managing in the Public Sector Services

Consistently beating the national average with our results, you’ll also enjoy the newest technology and specialist equipment in your studies at Strode. We’ve invested over £12 million in our facilities, after all. Our partnership with Plymouth University started in 2006, so you’ll move on with a degree from one of the top three modern universities in the UK, as ranked by the Sunday Times University Guide. 

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • SPS102 Research Methods

      This module develops an understanding of the issues relating to research and the skills necessary to conduct both quantitative and qualitative research.

    • SPS103 Individual and Group Behaviour

      This module develops an understanding of human resource management and the behaviour of individuals within an organisation including an understanding of individual and team motivation and leadership.

    • SPS104 Organisational Behaviour

      This unit introduces management practices in organisations, examining the internal nature of organisations from both a theoretical and practical viewpoint. It aspires to promote an understanding organisational behaviour and of the significance of organisational designs and characteristics.

    • SPS106 Constitutional and Administrative Law

      This module develops an understanding of the Constitution of Great Britain and how it regulates society and the administration of law. It will develop an understanding of the institutions of state and the relationships between the citizen and the state.

    • SPS107 Society, Government and Politics

      This module examines the relationship between society, government and the public services.

    • SPS109B Professional Practice

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • SPS201 Independent Research Project

      This module will afford students the opportunity to plan, research, produce and reflect upon the findings of a research project relevant to the public services.

    • SPS202 Financial Resources

      This module develops an understanding of the main sources of finance available to the public services. The importance of financial planning and Budgeting including an understanding of financial indicators.

    • SPS203 Applied Psychology for the Public Services

      This module builds on the material covered in units SPS103 and SPS104 and introduces the application of specific aspects of psychology in the Public Services.

    • SPS205 Media and Public Awareness

      This module will develop the students¿ understanding of the impact that the media has on British society and the implications for the public services.

    • SPS208 Managing People

      This module provides students with the opportunities to focus on the principles of management appropriate to the management of people in the public services. In particular, it will explore team leadership within the public services and the skills and techniques required to work effectively within the public services sector.

    Optional modules
    • SPS206 Criminology and Community Safety

      This module develops an awareness of situational and social approaches to crime prevention and reduction. It also provides an opportunity to examine recent developments in Crime and Disorder policy.

    • SPS207 Major Incidents and Emergency Planning

      The module provides a broad overview of the range of issues in Emergency Planning post 9/11 and its impact on the Public Services.

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

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 Strode College

Plymouth University 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 Plymouth University. 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 Partners 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 Strode College

Want to be part of a modern and thriving campus? Located in Street, central Somerset, we’ve specifically developed our foundation degree courses with support and advice from a wide range of local employers.

Find out more about studying at Strode College