Exeter College

FdSc Public Services

Recognised as one of the leading further education college in the country, we offer small class sizes and one-to-one support. We offer courses delivered by friendly staff with industry experience. We offer modern, specialist, acclaimed learning resource centres. The result of studying with us? You earn a nationally and internationally recognised qualification awarded by Plymouth University. 

Course details
  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Personal and Professional Development (FPS111)

      This module is designed to enable students to demonstrate that they have all the skills, qualities and transferable skills necessary for public service employment and the ability to relate to relevant underlying principles and theoretical perspectives. Students will engage in personal development planning and critical reflection of their practice underpinned with opportunities for work related experience within local Public Services.

    • Introduction to Social Policy (FPS112)

      This module is designed to enable students to examine theories of society, class and poverty and investigate current social welfare issues. It will also examine the historical and political origins of Social Policy in the UK and its impact on the development of Public Services.

    • The English Legal System (FPS113)

      This module develops an understanding of the English legal system, its social function and how it regulates society. It will develop an understanding of how laws are formulated, implemented and revised in various institutional frameworks.

    • Diversity: Values and Rights (FPS114)

      This module focuses on the key concepts and theories relating to values, diversity and rights in the context of Public Services in the UK. It offers opportunities to compare theoretical perspectives with personal and professional experiences and current organisational practice. This study will use instance related to gender, race, religion and culture. There will be an opportunity to develop some of the essential diversity skills through work based learning experience.

    • Political Economy: Governance and Policy (FPS115)

      This module will develop learners' knowledge and understanding of (the structure of) Local Government and its relationships with Central Government. Learners will gain an understanding of European Union structures and of the relationships between the EU and Central Government. At all three levels, emphasis will be placed on accountability, (non-)conflictual relationships and their impact on Public Services.

    • Organisational Behaviour (FPS116)

      This introduces management practices in organisations, examining the internal nature of organisations from both a theoretical and practical viewpoint. It aspires to promote an understanding of the behaviour of people within organisations and of the significance of organisational designs and characteristics. This unit aims to provide the basis for, and to underpin further study in, specialist areas of business.

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Health and Wellbeing (FPS210)

      This module aims to develop an understanding of the health issues which are of importance to Public Sector professionals including: stress and trauma management, physical fitness and the work/life balance. It will also enable students to develop personal action plans to make positive improvements in their lifestyle habits.

    • Public Sector Performance Management (FPS211)

      This module focuses upon the principles of management appropriate to the management of people, finance and information and places them within the context of strategic and performance management in the Public Services. This may be supported by other modules on the programme including work based learning.

    • Research Project (FPS212)

      This module allows students to make an in depth study of an area relevant to Public Services work. This module will reflect an area of individual interest and will be related to their personal and professional development portfolio. The module may be supported by other modules on the programme including the work based learning.

    • Communication and Customer Care (FPS213)

      This module considers the key principles that affect Public Services' communication with a range of individuals, social groups and organisations. It sets the scene for an analysis of the provision and the effectiveness of these relationships in both the local community and nationally. There will be an opportunity for work based learning when students conduct Partnership and Community Together surveys with the Public Service organisations. Also critically review the practice of military communication customer care in a work based learning setting.

    • Understanding Deviancy, Crime and its Effects (FPS214)

      This module examines the major theories of crime, and analyses the sociological effect of crime. It also investigates and evaluates the impact of current policies and initiatives when dealing with, recording and combating crime from a multi-agency perspective.

    • Contemporary Issues (FPS215)

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.

In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the changeable nature of the situation and any updates to government guidance, we may need to make further, last minute adjustments to how we deliver our teaching and learning on some or all of our programmes, at any time during the academic year. We want to reassure you that even if we do have to adjust the way in which we teach our programmes, we will be working to maintain the quality of the student learning experience and learning outcomes at all times.
Fees, costs and funding

The UK is no longer part of the European Union. EU applicants should refer to our Brexit information to understand the implications.

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.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Our partnership with Exeter College
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 Exeter College

We’re proud of our awards – and you can be proud of your education with us. In 2012 we were recognised as the leading further education college in the country after winning two Times Educational Supplement FE Awards.

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