Course Details

Course Overview

New for September 2020, Subject to Validation

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.

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 and 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 it is relevant. 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. For example, guest speakers from within industry will help to put theory into context.

How long is the course?

One year full-time.

What will I study?

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)

Where will I study?

Barnsley College’s Church Street Campus, Church Street, Barnsley, S70 2AN.

What equipment will I need?

No equipment needed.

How will I be assessed?

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.

What can I do next?

You 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 you will be given support in aiding smooth progression into employment. The degree also places students who wish to progress onto further and higher study at MA/MSc level or PGCE qualifications in an appropriate area.

How do I apply?

To register your interest please call The Information Team on 01226 216 123.

How much does the course cost?

Course fees: £5,995 per year.

Student Finance

As a Higher Education student living in England you may be eligible for the non-means tested Tuition Fee Loan from the Government. See the Fees and Finance page for further information.

Disability and Dyslexia Service

Our Disability and Dyslexia Service can provide you with the support you need.

Further information

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email

Any changes to the information on this page can be found on the Updates to Barnsley College Higher Education information page

* Subject to Validation by Leeds Trinity University