Exeter College

FdSc Public Services

Recognised as one of the leading further education college in the country, we offer small class sizes and one-to-one support. We offer courses delivered by friendly staff with industry experience. We offer modern, specialist, acclaimed learning resource centres. The result of studying with us? You earn a nationally and internationally recognised qualification awarded by Plymouth University. 

UCAS course code
Institution code
2 years
Start date
September 2014
Course type
Exeter College

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • FPS107 Diversity: Values and Rights

      This module focuses on the key concepts and theories relating to values, diversity and rights in the context of Public Services in the UK. It offers opportunities to compare theoretical perspectives with personal and professional experiences and current organisational practice. This study will use instance related to gender, race, religion and culture. There will be an opportunity to develop some of the essential diversity skills through work based learning experience.

    • FPS103 Introduction to Social Policy

      This module will examine theories of society, class and poverty and investigate current social welfare issues. It will also examine the historical and political origins of Social Policy in the UK and its impact on the development of Public Services.

    • FPS106 Organisational Behaviour

      This unit introduces management practices in organisations, examining the internal nature of organisations from both a theoretical and practical viewpoint. It aspires to promote an understanding of the behaviour of people within organisations and of the significance of organisational designs and characteristics. This unit aims to provide the basis for, and to underpin further study in, specialist areas of business.

    • FPS110 Personal & Professional Development

      The module is designed to enable students to demonstrate that they have all the skills, qualities and transferable skills necessary for public service employment and the ability to relate to relevant underlying principles and theoretical perspectives. Students will engage in personal development planning and critical reflection of their practice underpinned with opportunities for work related experience within local Public Services.

    • FPS105 Political Economy: Governance and Policy

      This module will develop learners' knowledge and understanding of (the structure of) Local Government and its relationships with Central Government. Learners will gain an understanding of European Union structures and of the relationships between the EU and Central Government. At all three levels, emphasis will be placed on accountability, non-conflictual relationships and their impact on Public Services.

    • FPS102 The English Legal System

      This module develops an understanding of the English legal system, its social function and how it regulates society. It will develop an understanding of how laws are formulated, implemented and revised in various institutional frameworks.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • FPS204 Communication and Customer Care

      This module considers the key principles that affect Public Services' communication with a range of individuals, social groups and organisations. It sets the scene for an analysis of the provision and the effectiveness of these relationships in both the local community and nationally. There will be an opportunity for work based learning when students conduct Partnership and Community Together surveys with the Public Service organisations. Also critically review the practice of military communication customer care in a work based learning setting.

    • FPS205 Contemporary Issues

      This module will enable learners to become better acquainted with contemporary issues, such as globalisation, terrorism, human rights, ethnic strife, religious, moral and ethical issues, as well as with international decision making (EU, UN, NATO), and their effect on Public Services. An insight into different socio-political systems and current local Issues related to and/or conditioned by Global Issues will also be an aim of this module.

    • FPS203 Health and Well-Being

      This module aims to develop an understanding of the health issues which are of importance to Public Sector professionals including: stress and trauma management, physical fitness and the work/life balance. It will also enable students to develop personal action plans.

    • FPS206 Public Sector Performance Management

      This module focuses upon the principles of management appropriate to the management of people, finance and information and places them within the context of strategic and performance management in the Public Services. This may be supported by other modules on the programme including work based learning.

    • FPS201 Research Project

      This module allows students to make an in depth study of an area relevant to Public Services work. This module will reflect an area of individual interest and will be related to their personal and professional development portfolio. The module may be supported by other modules on the programme including the work based learning.

    • FPS209 Understanding Deviancy, Crime & It's Effects

      This module allows students to develop a further understanding of new media processes as introduced in stage 1. These include TV, radio, podcasting, and working with online content. Students will work with moving image, website design and other emerging technologies in digital communication, understanding how these new formats play a vital role in a modern news environment.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Fees & funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

Apply for this course on the UCAS website.

For more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Further study & progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with Plymouth University.

*Your progression route application must be submitted by 15th January the year you wish to continue with your studies and is subject to availability.

Our partnership with Exeter College

We know how important it is to land that first job after you graduate. We know you might want to learn in your local area. We know you may want to study a specialist degree – using unique facilities – that’s not available nationally. Which is why, through our Academic Partnerships, we collaborate with regional, national and international partners to create a hands-on learning experience that simply can’t be found on large university campuses. 

With 15 partner colleges and two partner institutions, the great work we’ve done with our partners won us the Queen’s Anniversary prize. And in 2005, we were awarded a £4.5 million grant to carry on the good work.

So, you get the best of both worlds. A supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by us. And, as well as the facilities and services your college provides, we’ll give you all the additional support and resources you need. You’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

One of our partners delivers this course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and full information on what student life is like there. 

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This course is run at one of our partner colleges. Open days are held at the college and more details of these can be found on the college website. You'll find contact details below, on this page.

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You are also very welcome to attend a Plymouth University open day, to get a flavour of the courses you can progress to from a partner college. There will however be limited information on this specific course and college.

Studying with Exeter College

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