Applied Social Sciences (Public Sector) York College


Awarded by: York St John University

Teaching and learning strategies have been designed to further develop key transferable and employability skills based on current practice, to enable you to succeed in the public services industry. This programme provides a holistic overview of the social sciences relevant to the public sector. It gives an introduction to several relevant subjects, which are considered are in relation to employment within the public sector. The programme is academic in nature but has a strong focus on the development of personal and professional skills, and the application of these in the workplace.
The course is delivered using a wide range of teaching and learning methods including 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.

Course themes include:

  • Introduction to sociology

  • Careers in the public sector

  • Social differences

  • Divisions and inequalities

  • Political ideology

  • The global environment

  • Equality and diversity

  • Psychology at work

A number of assessment methods are used including written assignments, research tasks and self-analysis, reflective accounts, practical assessments, oral presentations and case studies. Over the course of the two years on the programme, you will apply key concepts and constructs that will enable you to access careers in your chosen public sector.
Successful completion of the FD Applied Social Sciences (Public Sector) will enable you to enrol on the BA (Hons) Public Sector Leadership and Management to convert your qualification in to a full honours degree.

  • Qualification

    Foundation Degree - FD

  • Study mode


  • Location

    Main Site

  • Start date

    September 2019

  • Duration

    2 years

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January *

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code L430
Institution code Y70
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

This means the year in which you would like to start the course.

‘Year 1’ means you will start in the first year.

‘Year 0’ means you will enter onto a foundation year.

You may be able to start some courses in the second or third years, if you meet certain criteria. You will need to discuss this with the university or college directly.

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 210 points
A level Atleast one A Level pass
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) A BTEC National Diploma in Public Services

Other Relevant qualifications

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £7,200 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7,200 Year 1
Scotland £7,200 Year 1
Wales £7,200 Year 1

Additional fee information

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