Advance your understanding of the public services and the changing world in which they operate. Develop skills and knowledge not only for a public service career, but future leadership roles as well. Explore the broader social, political and managerial issues of Public Service work Improve your ethical and cultural awareness Learn to use your workplace effectively as a learning environment Our BA (Hons) Public Service will give you the potential to not just become a public service worker, but also to contribute to the development of the public services. You’ll become an independent and critical thinker, able to use a variety of research methods and continue your development long after you have moved on to a career. The course is developed, and continues to develop, through strong links with the fire, police, prison and ambulance services, HM Revenue & Customs, and the UK Armed Forces, ensuring its content aligns closely with current practice. You’ll also benefit directly from their involvement, with talks and workshops led by public service professionals that allow you to experience real-life situations such as disaster planning. Work placements are also a key feature of the course*. In the first two years, you'll complete two placements: in Year 1 with disadvantaged groups; in Year 2 with an emergency public service or related organization. These placements will give you a unique insight into the daily working life of public service professionals as well as helping you to develop valuable career-related skills and experience. On our other core modules, you’ll discover the wider contexts that affect the public services, from social issues, such as the role of a citizen in society, to political ideologies such as Welfarism and ‘modernisation’, and the different, often conflicting, groups involved in policy-making. Our optional modules, which include many from other social science courses, will allow you to experience different styles of learning and teaching, and build a degree that suits your own choice of future career.