UCEN Manchester

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Manchester Metropolitan University

Public Services and Social Justice (Top-Up)

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Course summary

TEF Silver

UCEN Manchester has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award.

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This award provides an agreed progression for Foundation Degree Students. In addition to this the award has also provided the opportunity for students who are returning to study from a variety of Public Services related backgrounds. The diversity in the background and demographic of the student body provides an interesting and enriching environment for students to study at level 6. The content of the units is designed to both compliment and challenge learners from the differing entry points. The Negotiated Project will be contextualised to suit the needs of the students by allowing higher-level study and research opportunities that follow expected career aspirations. The Conflict or Cohesion? Debates in Equality and Community in modern Britain unit focuses on areas that are essential to workers and managers in the Public Sector in terms of the legislation involved and how they are applied within the sector and the wider community. The Contemporary Issues unit focuses on two areas: • Public Sector Reform • Criminal Justice The reform element is a key feature of modern public service delivery and allows the student to focus on both areas of interest and for future employment. The Criminal Justice element provides an opportunity for students to develop a critical engagement with a variety of emerging trends in Criminology and the Criminal Justice Sector responses to deviant behaviour in a multi-agency context. Graduates from this programme could progress to careers in Social Housing, the Royal Navy, Prison Service, Policing, Teaching, Legal Practice, the Private Sector, and the Royal Air Force.

Course details


Examples of current modules- Contemporary Issues in Public Policy (30 credits) This unit examines and analyses the changes to the management and delivery of public services. This includes visits to local authority policy officers and meeting public sector leaders such as the Major of Greater Manchester and other leaders of public organisations. In addition, the unit will also develop a critical understanding of the causes and consequences of crime in a public policy context. Conflict or Cohesion (30 credits) This unit examines the issues of equality legislation and the impact of this legislation on recruitment and selection in the public and private sector. The second part of the module studies the importance of community cohesion theory and practice and the development of this in practice. Negotiated research (60 credits) This is a very interesting and important double weighted unit with 3 components: Literature review, Research proposal and Research project. This unit enables students to undertake a detailed research project into a public service related topic of their choice.

Assessment method

You will be assessed via a range of assessment methods allowing you to fully demonstrate your knowledge and understanding. Assessment methods on this programme include:- • Essay • Exam • Reports, • Literature • Presentation. • Dissertation

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

UCEN Manchester is unable to consider international applications due to UKVI regulations.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

A Foundation Degree or HND in a relevant subject area. Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have previous learning towards a degree-level qualification or relevant industry or life experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be invited to interview. Applicants initially may be required to attend an interview and complete an interview task. Applicants with significant and relevant industrial experience 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.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


Applicants initially may be required to attend an interview and complete an interview task.

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

All of the books required for the course are available either from the library or as e-books. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. You may also need to print assignments and other documents. 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.
Public Services and Social Justice (Top-Up) at UCEN Manchester - UCAS