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If you wish to study this course full-time you must apply through UCAS. UCAS code: L436. Institution code Y70.

If you wish to study part-time follow the 'apply' link at the top of this page and fill out a York College application form.


The BA (Hons) in Public Sector Management is designed to provide a qualification relevant to a wide range of people who, on completion of a Level 5 programme (e.g. the Foundation Degree), wish to progress into a management career within the public sector.

The programme provides interdisciplinary knowledge of management theory, practices and strategy and allows students to give consideration to problem-solving and decision-making strategies in a variety of public sector contexts. You will undertake academic research into a public sector context of your choice through a suite of modules that allows for the development of critical-thinking skills as well as higher level academic practices.

In addition to the sector generic elements of the course, students address the political and governmental influence impacting upon Public Sector Management and complete dissertation research considering the practices of Public Sector Management in the 21st Century.

Entry requirements

Completion of relevant Foundation Degree, HND or Level 5 qualification in Public Services or Management.

Duration and Attendance

The programme is normally studied over one year full time. Part-time study is available over a two-year period. There is also a requirement to participate in a work placement.

Programme Content

This programme is focussed on providing graduates with the knowledge, skills and understanding required to lead and manage organisations and to both think and act strategically in solving management problems.

Students will study key theories of management within a variety of contexts and will use this knowledge to investigate management practices within a context relevant to their career goals. Students have the choice to specialise in management as a generalist discipline, or with specific focus on Public Sector Management, dependent on their specific career aspirations.

All students will study key issues of management through core units:

  • Leadership in Organisations
  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Marketing Management

These will enable students to understand the key organisational functions and management contexts within organisations. Students will begin to think strategically and understand the role of strategy in organisational success and growth.

Students will study a specialist unit relevant to decision-making in either a Business or Public Sector context. They will then go on to produce a dissertation relevant to their chosen sector that allows them to fully investigate the application of management policies and practices to resolve problems and achieve strategic goals.

On completion of the BA (Hons) in Public Sector Management, students will have a full range of academic and transferrable skills to equip them for either postgraduate study or success within a management role.

Students on this programme benefit from being part of a diverse, challenging and stimulating group. This provides for an environment which draws on a range of life experience, academic study and previous employment to embed an ethos of challenge and diversity among the student group. All students are encouraged and supported to share their perspectives and learn from the contribution of others.


A range of assessment methods are used including written assignments, research tasks and self-analysis, reflective accounts, oral presentations, case studies and an examination.


Higher degree at University, or management position with the community and public sector.

Course Fees

  Fee 2017/18 (starts) Fee 2018/19 (starts)
Full time £6165 £7200
Part time £3080 £3600

*International Students should call the International team at York College on 01904 770425.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this course or any aspects of studying at York College please email or call (01904) 770400.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.


Louise Bowman

Konrad Sikora 
Victoria Balgue


James Cooper

Formerly of Canon Lee School

James began his York College journey on the Uniformed Public Services Subsidiary Diploma Level 3, with a goal of becoming a police officer.

Upon completeing the course,concerned that university costs would leave him in debt, James moved into Higher Education at York College studying the Foundation Degree in Community and Public Services, before topping up to a BA (Hons) in Public Sector Management.

He said: "I gained communication, initiative and leadership skills and received a well-rounded educational experience that ticked all the boxes."

James progressed to a Master's Degree at York's College of Law, with an end goal of becoming a solicitor.

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