BA (Hons) Top-up

Public Services (Top-up)

1 year
September 2024

Studying for this Top Up degree you will explore the ways in which public services affect all our lives and prepare yourself for a thriving career in this field. The degree supports you in meeting the demand for public service employees to be critical, imaginative, resourceful and to have the ability to work collaboratively with other professionals.

Why study with us

  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Public Services (Top Up) is ranked 5th in the UK with 89% of students satisfied with the teaching quality (Times Good University Guide 2021)
  • There are opportunities to get involved in designing, planning and delivering local conferences and symposiums held by the Public Services team.
  • Lectures from invited guest speakers who have invaluable insights and experiences to share. Past guest speakers have included Stephen Brookes MBE, Disability Champion for Rail Sector for Disabled People and the Minister for Disabled People and Steph Holmes Founder and CEO at Chrysalis Transsexual Support Groups.

What you'll do

  • Hear from guest speakers and have the opportunity to put your knowledge into practice by undertaking relevant work experience.
  • Learn about the crucial role of public services in the criminal justice system, education, politics and welfare and discover how you could make a positive difference in your future career.
  • Develop the academic knowledge and practical skills to work in different areas of the public services. Past students have gone on to work in the criminal justice sector (prison service and police), in fire and rescue.
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Future careers

This course will equip you to enjoy a successful career in international organisations, non-governmental organisations, Criminal Justice, educational environments, Police Service, Armed Services, Youth Justice, the National Health Service and more.

Fees and funding

Full-time£9,250 per year
Full-time£16,500 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

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This course is based in the School of Law and Policing

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