Bridgwater & Taunton College

FdSc Public Services with Outdoor Education

Bridgwater College and Somerset College recently merged to become Bridgwater & Taunton College. Study a specialist degree with us and be part of our growing community of over 28,000 students. Enjoy our outstanding facilities – we have recently invested £4 million into our agricultural facilities, £2 million into our new Animal Management Centre and £12.5 million in our Art & Design facility (known as the Arts House). We recently won the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for FE & HE, as well as many other awards, and always achieve top results, which makes us one of the best colleges in the South West.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • PSO114 Public Service and Society

    • PSO117 Outdoor Education Land Based

  • Year 2
  • Core modules
    • PSO104 Government

      An introduction to the economic and political structure, which is central to the government of the UK, which will enable students to comprehend the impact on the Public Services as well as society in general.

    • PSO105 Pre-hospital Emergency Care

      An introduction to the guidelines in place with reference to Pre-Hospital care in terms of patient assessment and treatment, incorporating an introductory knowledge of anatomy and physiology.

    • PSO115 Human Behaviour

      This module will review the different factors that can contribute to an improved knowledge of human behaviour and the underlying theories behind these.

    Optional modules
    • PSO118 Outdoor Education - Water Based

      This module will give students the opportunity to participate in a range of water-based activities and review the key factors affecting Society and participation. Students will have to plan, execute and evaluate a water-based expedition.

    • PSO119 The Justice System

      The aim of this module is for students to have an overall knowledge of the courts and those who work within the courts, sentencing and custodial care and alternative justice. Students will also examine the different police authorities and HM Customs and Excise law enforcement.

  • Year 3
  • Core modules
    • PSO202 Human Resources and Personnel Management

      An introduction to a range of key activities in Human Resource Management. The module follows a route through employment from recruitment and selection procedures, through training and discipline and grievance procedures to eventual employee exit from the organisation. Some legislation including contract law and equal opportunities law and H&S law will be covered.

    • PSO204 Ethics, Values and Accountability

      This module will review the Premise of Society, the values and ethics as well as the basis on which these are based. It will explore the range of ethical issues across both public services and outdoor education. It will draw upon discussions, conflicts and debates raised in relevant units.

    • PSO210 Organisations, Performance and Change

    • PSO211 Research Project

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • PSO203 Team Building, Leadership and Management

      This module will lead to the development of the theories that lead to successful team performance and leadership. Students will have to demonstrate respective knowledge and qualities required in leadership and management.

    • PSO205 Budget Management

      An evaluation of budgets applied to public and private sector finance. The goal is for the Learner to gain a vision of budgetary management, to acknowledge the practice underpinned by the theory.

    • PSO206 Driving Standards and Legislation

      This module will provide an in-depth knowledge of the relevant legislation and the standard of driving required by law which will encompass the essence of good driving, best practice and work related road safety.

    Optional modules
    • PSO208 Activity and Event Management

      The aim of the module is to develop the learners understanding of the issues relating to organising, managing and undertaking an activity or event. The module has a practical focus that provides learners with the opportunity to gain an insight into the management and operation of a range of events and venues.

    • PSO216 Criminology

      The aim of this module is to give students the opportunity to examine human behaviour in relation to crime, to examine why people commit crime and to explore the needs of the victim in comparison to the strategies and policies available.

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 Bridgwater & Taunton 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. 

Studying with Bridgwater & Taunton College

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