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Anglia Ruskin University

Public Service

UCAS Code: L462

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


120 UCAS points from a minimum of 2 A Levels.

Access to HE Diplomas at overall Pass grade are accepted.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

120 UCAS Tariff points acquired from BTEC Level 3 Diplomas are accepted.

UCAS Tariff points from Scottish Advanced Highers are accepted. UCAS Tariff points from Scottish Highers are accepted.

UCAS Tariff

120

From a minimum of 2 A Levels.

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Social policy

Advance your understanding of the public services and the changing world in which they operate. Develop skills and knowledge not only for a public service career, but future leadership roles as well.

Explore the broader social, political and managerial issues of Public Service work
Improve your ethical and cultural awareness
Learn to use your workplace effectively as a learning environment

Our BA (Hons) Public Service will give you the potential to not just become a public service worker, but also to contribute to the development of the public services. You’ll become an independent and critical thinker, able to use a variety of research methods and continue your development long after you have moved on to a career.

The course is developed, and continues to develop, through strong links with the fire, police, prison and ambulance services, HM Revenue & Customs, and the UK Armed Forces, ensuring its content aligns closely with current practice. You’ll also benefit directly from their involvement, with talks and workshops led by public service professionals that allow you to experience real-life situations such as disaster planning.

Work placements are also a key feature of the course*. In the first two years, you'll complete two placements: in Year 1 with disadvantaged groups; in Year 2 with an emergency public service or related organization. These placements will give you a unique insight into the daily working life of public service professionals as well as helping you to develop valuable career-related skills and experience.

On our other core modules, you’ll discover the wider contexts that affect the public services, from social issues, such as the role of a citizen in society, to political ideologies such as Welfarism and ‘modernisation’, and the different, often conflicting, groups involved in policy-making.

Our optional modules, which include many from other social science courses, will allow you to experience different styles of learning and teaching, and build a degree that suits your own choice of future career.

Modules

Year one, core modules

Understanding Public Service
Introduction to Social Science
Basic Criminalistics
Working in Public Service
Work Based Learning 1
Researching Social Issues
Political Ideologies and Social Controversies

Year two, core modules

Equality and Cultural Diversity at work
Social Research Methods
Leading Public Service
Work Based Learning 2
Resilience and Emergency Management

Year two, optional modules

Theories of Deviance, Crime and Social Control
Policing and Crime Control
Cultures of War
Contemporary Work and Organisational Life
Contemporary Issues in Prisons and Penology
Sociology of Education
Anglia Language Programme

Year three, core modules

Major Project
Politics and Public Service
Public Services Policy

Year three, optional modules

Invisible Crimes
Sexuality and Social Control
Sport, Globalisation and International politics
Race, Racism and Cultural Identity
Specialist Subject: Social Sciences
Investigative Psychology
Sociology of Popular Culture
Feminist Theory and Practice
Youth Justice Controversies

Assessment methods

You will show your progress on the course through many different forms of assessment, including essays, presentations, examinations, class tests, case studies, portfolios, work and laboratory books, reports, action plans, and progress files.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£12,200
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Cambridge Campus

Department:

Humanities and Social Sciences

TEF rating:
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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
15%
Male students
85%
Female students
35%
2:1 or above
21%
Drop out rate
220

After graduation


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Social policy

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

94%
med
Employed or in further education
100%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Just over 1,600 students graduated in social policy in 2015, which makes it one of the smaller social studies subjects. This is a popular subject at Masters level — 750 Masters in social policy were awarded last year - and so a lot of the more sought-after jobs in management and research tend to go to social policy graduates with postgraduate degrees. For those who leave university after their first degree, then jobs in social care (especially community and youth work) and education, the police, marketing and human resources and recruitment are popular — along with local government, although there are fewer of those jobs around than in the past. This degree is a bit less reliant on London for jobs than other similar subjects, so if you'd like to work outside the capital, it might be worth considering - although the jobs still tend to be in big cities.

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