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University of South Wales

Public Services

UCAS Code: L430

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C-C,D,D

The A Level entry criteria detailed is the qualification range within which the University will normally make offers. Most offers we make are normally at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations with other listed qualifications are acceptable and others not listed may also be acceptable – please contact enquiries@southwales.ac.uk

Access to HE Diploma

D:15,M:24,P:6

Pass the Access to HE Diploma and obtain a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM-MMP

The BTEC entry criteria detailed is the qualification range within which the University will normally make offers. Most offers we make are normally at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations with other listed qualifications are acceptable and others not listed may also be acceptable – please contact enquiries@southwales.ac.uk

UCAS Tariff

80-104

The tariff entry criteria detailed is the qualification range within which the University will normally make offers. Most offers we make are normally at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

A*-D

We accept the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma in lieu of a third subject. The grade range for the Skills Challenge Certificate is the range within which the University will normally make offers. The grade will reflect what you would have been asked for from a third A Level. Please contact enquiries@southwales.ac.uk if you have any questions.

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About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

3.0 years | Full-time | 2019

Subjects

Social policy

Public policy

If you want to make a difference to day-to-day life in your local community, or make an impact at a national or even global level, our Public Services degree will help you make your mark. On this BA (Hons) Public Services degree, you’ll explore how these services operate and the challenges they face in the 21st century, preparing you for a career in this important and diverse sector.

A key feature of your Public Services degree is the link between theory and practice. Learning is often based on real-life data, as well as examples and case studies from public, voluntary and community organisations. This ensures that what you learn is relevant to the workplace and situations you may encounter when you graduate. You’ll also be encouraged to undertake a short-term placement during your studies. You could get the chance to work with public sector organisations such as the NHS. This valuable opportunity will ensure you’re equipped with skills needed by employers when you graduate.

Modules

Year One
•Public Affairs
•Organisation and Behaviour in the Public Sector
•Poverty, Inequality and Social Exclusion
•Doing Social Science Research

You will also study the double module Planning and Operations or two modules from the following options:
•Understanding Criminal Justice
•Conflict, Crisis and Change
•Understanding Society

Year Two
•Public Services Placement
•Equality and Diversity
•Research Methods in the Social Sciences
•Public Service Law
•The Workplace Environment
•Critical Reflection on Work Based Learning
•Society: Problems and Solutions

You will also study two modules from the following options:
•Emergencies and Disasters
•Policing
•Violence and Conflict

Year Three
•Dissertation
•Strategy, Leadership and Innovation
•Governing the Locality

You will also study two modules from the following options:
•Performance and Development
•Critical Issues in Criminal Investigations
•Work Experience and Career Planning in Social Policy
•Conflict, War and Peace
•Family Youth and Community
•Social Policy and Young People
•Sociology of Sport

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,000
per year
EU
£9,000
per year
International
£12,600
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,000
per year
Scotland
£9,000
per year
Wales
£9,000
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Pontypridd

Department:

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

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