FDA Public Services

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Qualification type: Foundation Degree
Level: Level 5
Awarding body TU
Academic year: 2018/2019
Start date September 2018
Duration 2 years
Location: Darlington College
Attendance: Full time

Course overview

This course provide you with a recognised qualification which enhances your opportunities for potential employment within the Police and Fire Services, the Armed Forces, local government, civil service, education, HM Prison Service and Ambulance Services.

The course will develop your knowledge and understanding of the relationship between theory and practice in the public services sector, and introduces a variety of analytical approaches and current issues. Modules for this course may include research, self analysis, criminal behaviour and technology.

There may be optional visits and trips throughout the course, that could be chargeable, however costs will be kept to a minimum .  You will be given advance notice of these taking place.

*this course is subject to validation.

Course costs

See Teesside University Course information for Fees.

Entry requirements

A typical offer is 40-48 tariff points. However, the entry criteria is based on your ability to succeed and can be demonstrated in a variety of ways including:

  • a range of Level 3 qualifications (NVQ3, BTEC Award, A Level)
  • English and maths at GCSE grades A-C (or equivalent)

You can apply for an Accreditation of Prior Learning, with previous industrial experience also be taken into account.

We will also invite you for an interview.

How to enquire/apply

To apply for this course please click the apply button and complete the online application form. If you have any queries with regards to your application or would like further information and support please contact us on 01325 503030.

Studying and learning

The programme has been designed to reflect the combination of theoretical and practical knowledge and experience required in the public services. The emphasis in Year 1 is on the application of knowledge, skills and understanding, use of conventions in the field of study, use of analytical skills, and selection and organisation of information.

In Year 2 the emphasis is on application and evaluation of contrasting ideas, principles, theories and practices, greater specialisation in the field of study, and an increasing independence in systematic enquiry and analysis. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, group work and individual study.

Year 1 modules will focus on:

  • Contemporary Society and the Public Service
  • Introduction to Research
  • Technology in the Public Service
  • Management and Leadership
  • Self-analysis and Career Development
  • Human and Criminal behaviour.

Year 2 modules cover:

  • Governmental Impact
  • Criminal Law
  • Research project
  • Theories Relating to Crimes of Violence, Global Issues and Emergency Planning or Crisis management.
How will I be assessed

Assessment is entirely through the production of coursework for each module. This could be by essay, reports, presentations and a research project.

What next

You could progress onto a full or part time degree relating to the public service industry, including the final year of the BA (Hons) in Policing and possibly also progress onto year two of FDa Criminology.

Information, advice and support

Darlington College offers a wide range of support including careers guidance, financial assistance, additional learning support, childcare and many more. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Student Services Team on 01325 503030 and they will direct your call to the appropriate college support team.

Fees and funding

This course is an award of Teesside University delivered in partnership with Darlington College.

Course fee is paid directly to Teesside. Full details of course fees are available from Teesside University.

All fees are per year.

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your course. Study now, pay when you are earning. See www.studentfinancedirect.co.uk
for more details.

What if I need support?

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

Enquiry Form

If you have any questions about this course, send us a message using the form below.

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