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FdA Public Services - Neighbourhood Management Course

This part time course is aimed at public service practitioners and community volunteers who are involved in partnership activities to improve public safety. Successful students will achieve a Continuous Professional Development Award with a progression route which can lead to a Foundation Degree in Public Services.

The course is collaboratively designed to meet local needs and current Government initiatives regarding community relations, crime reduction and citizenship.

The course consists of six 20 credit modules at higher education level 1 (this is equivalent to the level of the first year of an honours degree).

Employers involved in the design of the course include:

* Devon and Cornwall Constabulary

* Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Services

* Plymouth City Council housing department

* Local community groups.

The workshops include lectures, seminars and guest speakers. Students are expected to play an active part in all sessions, for example student presentations will be an important aspect of assessment. Discussion, debate and lively interaction with fellow students will be encouraged and will form the ethos for the course thus encouraging collaboration and group work. Assessment and content have been carefully thought through to provide a range of interactive, collaborative and independent activities. The course is delivered in partnership between City College Plymouth and Plymouth University.


Year One: Continuous Professional Development Award

Module One - Community Relations

Module Two - Crime Reduction

Module Three - Partnerships In Practice


Year Two: Foundation Degree in Public Services [Year One]

Module One - Communication and Diversity in the Workplace

Module Two - Performance Management

Module Three - Crime And Society


Year Three: Foundation Degree in Public Services [Year Two]

Module One - Research Skills

Module Two - Action Research

Module Three - Criminology

Module Four - Work Based Learning

Module Five - Preparing for Emergencies


This vocational course gives a valuable insight into the workings of some of the statutory agencies involved. Students have the ability to network with employees from these organisations and altogether get a better understanding of how these agencies work together.


Students who successfully complete the two year foundation degree can progress onto BSc (Hons) Public Services.


The course is delivered as a third-year top-up only and aims to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills for employment in the delivery, management and evaluation of public services by public agencies and non-governmental organisations.


The BSc (Hons) Public Services course has been structured so as to provide a blend of theory and practice that will:

a) consolidate students’ foundation knowledge of modern public management systems, theories and technologies and their application to everyday organisational operations.

b) provide students with a relevant career development opportunity that encourages the acquisition of knowledge and qualifications.

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