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
    • FPS111 Personal and Professional Development

      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.

    • FPS112 Introduction to Social Policy

      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.

    • FPS113 The English Legal System

      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.

    • FPS114 Diversity: Values and Rights

      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.

    • FPS115 Political Economy: Governance and Policy

      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.

    • FPS116 Organisational Behaviour

      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
    • FPS210 Health and Wellbeing

      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.

    • FPS211 Public Sector Performance Management

      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.

    • FPS212 Research Project

      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.

    • FPS213 Communication and Customer Care

      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.

    • FPS214 Understanding Deviancy, Crime and its Effects

      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.

    • FPS215 Contemporary Issues

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.

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



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.

*Your progression route application must be submitted by 28th November 2016.

Our partnership with Exeter 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 Exeter College

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