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Public Services Management (top-up) - BA (Hons)

UCAS code L433

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This programme is designed as a 12 month top-up honours degree following completion of an appropriate HND. On graduation, you will be well equipped to enter a management career in the public services sector or other related industries.



Course structure

The programme includes the following modules: 

  • Managers and Organisations
  • Contemporary Social Policy
  • Law and the Workplace
  • Globalisation and Social Change
  • Controlling Crime
  • Managing Equality, Promoting Diversity in the Public Services. 

You study six specialist modules, after which you submit a formal dissertation proposal leading to a supervised dissertation.

Teaching and assessment

Delivery is through lectures, seminars and tutorials, normally over three days a week: 

Hours: 300
Self-directed study hours: 900

Assessment is through a combination of written assignments, presentations, dissertation and examination.


There are a wide range of management careers in the Public Services sector or other related industries. You may choose to progress to postgraduate study. Previous students have joined the Immigration Service, Police Service, Probation Service and Security Services.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have passed both years of an HND or Foundation Degree in a relevant subject. 

Home/EU students

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Students offering alternative qualifications should contact us for further advice. 

It is not possible to offer places to all students who meet this typical offer/minimum requirement.

New GCSE grades

If you’ve taken exams under the new GCSE grading system, please see our conversion table to convert your GCSE grades.

Qualification Typical offer/minimum requirement
Access to HE Diploma


BTEC Level 5 HND


BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)


International students

International students cannot be admitted to this programme at this time due to visa restrictions.

English Language Requirements

Please see our English language entry requirements web page.

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme. 

General entry requirements

Please also see our general entry requirements.

Additional costs

There are no additional costs except for attending the conference organised by Kent Police.

General additional costs

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.


Please check with Canterbury College for potential funding opportunities.

Annual tuition fees