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York College

This course will be delivered under a new title from September 2017, subject to validation. The course content may be amended accordingly.

Validated by York St John University

If you wish to study this course full-time you must apply through UCAS. UCAS Code: L430 FdA/Pub Ser. 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 Foundation Degree in Community and Public Services provides a flexible programme of study that enables you to identify, acquire and develop transferable skills and knowledge which will enable you to contribute and develop your full potential in the public employment sector. You will be prepared for progression to Level 6 Higher Education and to further enhance their employability and career development.

The programme delivers specialist knowledge informed by a range of bodies and organisation including professional bodies, Sector Skills Councils and benchmark groups and enables you to develop their skills and knowledge through work related learning which is integrated with work-based study, underpinned by knowledge and skills.

The award was developed in response to changes in the local labour market and to meet the needs of employers by closing the higher level skills and knowledge gaps in areas of community and public services.

You will be provided with a challenging, employability led curriculum relevant to their needs that reflects the current and projected needs of regional business and corporate clients in areas of community and public services.

Duration and Attendance

The programme is normally studied over two years’ full-time and three years’ part-time duration. In both years of the full-time programme there is a requirement to attend a work placement.

Entry Requirements

  • A BTEC National Diploma in Public Services
  • At least one A Level pass
  • 210 UCAS tariff points
  • Other relevant qualifications

Students will be accredited where it is apparent that the applicant is likely to be able to successfully complete and benefit from the programme of study. The programme is suitable for those students completing their post-16 further education and wishing to take the step into higher education, or for those who may be considering returning to learning after a time in employment.

Programme content

Strong links have been developed over time and excellent connections existbetween the College and the wider Public Sector organisations, especially within the uniformed sector. This level of exceptional employer engagement has been developed by the use of visiting guest speakers, residential visits, visits to public sector organisations, including community projects and employer liaison meetings.

York College Level 3 feeder programmes include court visits, both during trials and special court tours with guest speaker from the CPS, Victim Support, Police, Crime Prevention, and Probation, in addition to visits to both military, fire and police establishments. There are also visits with various community projects in Bradford and Manchester as part of the BTEC Extended Diploma programme in Uniformed Public Services.

The Foundation Degree programme's aim is to continue to build on these links and make effective use of them within the work related learning modules of the programme. Employer liaison meetings with many prospective employers were held and they expressed a strong desire to be involved with the scheme both as providers of work placements, and through wider involvement as speakers and to organise visits. Employer organisations and agencies include;

  • North Yorkshire Police
  • West Yorkshire Police
  • Victim Support
  • York Crime Prevention
  • Crown Prosecution Service
  • Youth Justice
  • Crown Court
  • Magistrates Court
  • York Youth Service
  • City of York Council
  • Emergency Planning
  • North Yorkshire Probation Service
  • HM Prison Service
  • National Health Service

First year (Level 4):

Personal Professional Development
Work Related Learning
Criminology and Local Response
The English Legal System
The Voluntary Sector

Second year (Level 5):

Personal and Professional Development
Work Related Learning
Decision Making in Central and Local Government
Sociological Perspective
Introduction to Psychology
Diversity and Equal Opportunities

Teaching and Learning Methods

This innovative course will be delivered using a wide range of teaching and learning methods such as classroom-based lectures, group work sessions, workshops, and tutorials. It will also include distance learning, practical sessions and research and evaluation of the workplace experience.

Assessment Methods

A range of assessment methods is used including written assignments, research tasks and self analysis, reflective accounts, practical assessments, oral presentations and case studies.

Where the Programme Leads

Those successfully completing the Foundation Degree in Community and Public Services can choose to enter the workplace or go on to study at degree level with a top-up year to complete their BA (Hons) in Public Sector Management at York College.

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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