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Public Services

Public Services Leadership and Management Top-Up BA (Hons)

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This course will start in September 2024. This course will take one year to complete.

Entry requirements

You will need to complete a formal application via UCAS and attend an informal interview to ensure that the course meets your needs and interests. You must be able to demonstrate a commitment to pursuing a career within a relevant field and be committed to your own personal development. You must have completed a relevant Level 5 qualification with an achievement average of at least 50% and be able to demonstrate an ability to work both independently and as part of small groups in both practical and academic settings.

As your programme will involve you working with vulnerable individuals (e.g. children and adults), you will be required to undertake a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check.

You will achieve

BA (Hons) in Leadership and Management in the Public Services

Awarding Body

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Validated by The University of Hull

UCAS Course Code


Course overview

The Public Services landscape is incredibly versatile, constantly changing and adapting in order to meet the requirements of modern contemporary issues that impact the lives of millions of people within society. Issues ranging from offender management within the criminal justice system to marginalisation, societal inequalities, policy development and finance and funding. If you are motivated by the opportunity to make a difference in the modern world then a career in the public services is for you. Public service organisations actively look for innovative, creative and inspiring individuals to lead their services, this level 6 qualification is tailored to promote these skills and qualities and apply them to real world circumstances, alongside disseminating and evaluating leadership and management roles and responsibilities within a public service context.

  • The programme is supported and influenced by public service organisations to ensure its relevance
  • Guest speakers from within industry putting theory into context
  • You’ll be taught by staff with industry experience within the public services
  • You will have professional development opportunities and be encouraged to gain industry experience

Course content

The programme will consist of small lectures, theory seminars, discussion groups and workshops as well as project work, reflection and independent study. You will be required to work in groups as well as independently. You will be required to plan, deliver and evaluate in a range of practical settings and environments as well as prepare for classes by research and completing activities as directed by the course tutors.

Core modules:

  • Contemporary Issues and the impact on Public Services                 (20 credits)
  • Leadership and Management in the Context of Public Services     (20 credits)
  • Emergency and Disaster Management                                                 (20 credits)
  • Professional Context Project                                                                   (20 credits)
  • Dissertation                                                                                                (40 credits)

This course is validated by The University of Hull. Read the University of Hull Collaborative Provision Guide for Students 2023/24.

There are no formal examinations and most modules are likely to be assessed via a variety of coursework methods. Coursework assessments are likely to include essays, reports, presentations, professional meetings, research and reflections and group activities as well as undertaking a Dissertation which includes a Research Proposal and Ethics submission.

No equipment needed.


Students will develop intellectual, practical and employability skills throughout the course, including (but not limited to): analytical techniques, approaches to solving problems, effective communication, subject-specific practical skills, approaches to undertaking research and business and sector awareness.

The skills developed through the course are transferable into a range of employment scenarios and students will be given support in aiding smooth progression into employment. The degree also nicely-places students who wish to progress onto further and higher study at MA/MSc level or PGCE qualifications in an appropriate area.

How much does the course cost?

Course fees: £5,995 per year for those that enrol in September 2024. £6,165* per year for those that enrol in September 2025 (*maximum fee per year is subject to approval).

Extra information

We offer a service to any  student who has a diagnosis of anything persistent or long-term which might interfere with how they study and manage their day-to- day academic engagement. The service is flexible and shaped around the needs of each individual; it might be consistent support or intermittent support.

For further information please refer to our website.


As a Higher Education student living in England you may be eligible for the non-means tested Tuition Fee Loan from the Government. For further details go to: www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance

You may also be eligible for a Maintenance Loan. See the Government website for up-to-date details.

Students with children or dependant adults may qualify for a Childcare Grant or Adult Dependants’ Grant. Students can apply for these at the same time as applying for a Maintenance Loan.

Remember: Eligible students will not have to pay tuition fees in advance and can apply for the Maintenance Loan before they start the course.

Apply online at www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email info@barnsley.ac.uk

Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Public Services Leadership and Management Top-Up BA (Hons)

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