Public Services and Social Justice
BA (Hons) (Top-Up)
Designed for anyone who has completed a Foundation Degree or an HND in a related area – or for anyone currently working in the sector – this BA (Hons) Top Up Degree in Public Services and Social Justice will give you the qualification you need for success in the public sector.
During the course, you’ll choose a public service area to focus on and complete a major research dissertation. We’ll encourage you to interview and research high profile professionals to formulate your findings, including Members of Parliament, Senior Police Office, Local Government Directors, and even the Mayor of Manchester. This will help you develop cutting-edge knowledge and a high-quality piece of academic work.
Alongside this research, you’ll also study topics on Equality Legislation and Community Cohesion – both theory and practice - and Contemporary Issues in Public Policy, with an emphasis on practice and reform in criminal justice.
With this degree, you’ll be able to apply for a wide range of graduate positions in policing, local government and the private sector, or advance your studies further with a Master’s degree, PGCE or other professional qualifications.
- Openshaw Campus
- Full Time
- 1 year
- September 2021
We have extensive contacts in public services and can offer these contacts to help with research and academic assignments or career choice discussions.
Academic Entry requirements
• Foundation Degree or HND in Public Services or a related subject or an equivalent Level 5 qualification in a related subject
Non-academic entry Requirements
If you have significant and relevant industrial experience, you may be admitted to the programme after undergoing a selection process. This will include providing a detailed CV, proof of any academic or professional qualifications and an interview.
What will I be studying?
Year 1: Conflict or Cohesion? Debates in Equality and Community in modern Britain. (30 credits)
Explore the issues of equality legislation and its impact on recruitment and selection in the public and private sector. You’ll also study the importance of community cohesion theory and practice.
Year 1: Contemporary Issues in Public Policy (30 credits)
Examine and analyse the changes to the management and delivery of public services, and develop a critical understanding of the causes and consequences of crime in a public policy context. You’ll also visit local authority policy officers and meet public sector leaders such as the Mayor of Greater Manchester.
Year 1: Negotiated Research (60 credits)
As a core, double weighted part of the course, the detailed dissertation of your choice focuses on 3 components: Literature review, Research proposal and Research project.
Cantle, T. (2008) Community cohesion: A new framework for race and diversity
Castells, M. (2010) The Power of identity
Flint, J. (2008) Community cohesion in crisis
Partnode, G. (2009) Leadership for community action: implementing the politics of change
Thomas, P. (2011) Youth, multiculturalism and community cohesion
Wilkinson, R. Picket, K. (2009) The spirit level: why greater equality makes societies stronger
How will I be assessed?
Contemporary Issues in Public policy:
Portfolio - 50%
Exam - 50%
Conflict or Cohesion:
Report - 50%
Essay - 50%
Literature review - 25%
Research Proposal - 25%
Dissertation - 50%
What are the careers that this will lead to?
• Metropolitan Police Officer
• Ministry of Defence Police officer
• Special Constable
• Prison Officer
• Local Government officer
• Private Sector Manager
• Qualified Social worker (after gaining Master’s Degree)
• Voluntary Sector Coordinator
• Housing Manager
• Community Development Worker
Retirement of existing staff and new investment also means there’s likely to be additional employment opportunities in this sector.
Fees, Finance and Funding
Your tuition fees for each year of your course.
Help with your living costs e.g. rent, food, clothing, course materials, entertainment.
You can find more details, including the actual tuition fee charged on our Fees, Funding and Finance Page.
Course Associated Costs
Campus printing costs start from 5p per page.
Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop and up to £50 each year for books and printing
When dissertation work you may also need to factor in travel costs to your place of research
Depending on your choice of research you may be required to have an enhanced DBS check for this course to ensure you meet both our and industry safeguarding requirements. Please note there will be an additional cost to your course fees to cover Disclosure and Baring Service (DBS) checks. Please see the GOV.UK website for DBS costs.