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Uniformed and Public Services

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Geography and Environmental Management
University Centre Weston
Two years
Programme leader:
Dr Sara-Jayne Williams
Key fact:
Choose to study for a recognised police entry qualification and broaden your horizons on an international expedition on this course, which has been developed in collaboration with the uniformed and public services.

Page last updated 7 March 2017


Why FdA Uniformed and Public Services?

Vocations in this crucial sector have a practical impact on the welfare and safety of people at home and abroad, on the front-line and behind the scene. In order for it to function well, the sector needs skilled professionals with an understanding of the key issues and an ability to make rapid, well-informed decisions.

Why study our course?

This course provides solid foundation knowledge in all the key aspects of uniformed service skills, fitness, expedition and personnel management, and outdoor pursuits.

Real world experience

Designed by the sector for the sector, we have strong links with local authorities, the police, army, and the fire service. These provide insight, training facilities and volunteering opportunities for students. The course incorporates work-based learning so you can apply what you've learnt. You will also go on national and international field trips to learn about public services issues, test your skills and challenge yourself in teambuilding exercises.

Where it can take you

On graduation, you will be equipped to either enter, or advance your career in the public services. This could be working in a range of professions for the police, armed forces, fire services or local authorities.



This course will appeal to you if you are interested in the uniformed services, or you would like to develop a better understanding of these exciting roles. The course aims to provide you with a sound understanding of the key aspects of uniformed service skills, fitness, expedition and personnel management and, outdoor pursuits.

Year 1

  • Studies in Uniformed Services
  • Fitness and Lifestyle Management
  • Uniformed Service Organisation, Culture and Society
  • Uniformed Service Experience, Work Based Learning 1

Year 2

  • Incident and Emergency Management
  • Stress Management in the Uniformed Services
  • Planning and Organisation of Outdoor and Adventurous ActivitiesUniformed Service Experience, Work Based Learning 2
  • Public and Uniformed Services Analysis
  • Research Methods and Techniques in Public and Uniformed Services

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

The course is taught through a blend of learning activities which include face-to face learning such as lectures, seminars, fieldwork, workshops, group work, reflective practice, case studies, role play and self-evaluation. Throughout, you are encouraged to undertake independent reading both to supplement and consolidate what is being taught and to broaden your individual knowledge and understanding of the subject.

For more details see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.


You will be assessed through a variety of methods including:

  • Coursework
  • Essays
  • Work-related projects
  • Module tests

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.



Students who get work experience are more likely to graduate with a better degree and get higher quality work on graduation. So as well as helping hone your professional skills, industry knowledge and network, experience will make you highly employable on graduation.

Work based learning is an integral part of this course. We arrange for employers to come in, explain their challenges and provide opportunities for students to get involved on projects. These are from organisations ranging from Red Cross, St Johns and Victim Support, to the British Transport Police, Mountain Rescue, International Citizens Service and Maritime Coastguard Agency.


Throughout the course, you will go on a series of field trips where you can consider public services challenges, test your skills, and challenge yourself in teambuilding exercises.

During your final year, you will go on an international expedition to a location such as Gambia and Poland. This is with the aim of gaining a broader insight into culture and public services.

Study facilities

Explore University Centre Weston's (UCW) facilities and watch a film about UWE Bristol's Frenchay Campus where you will study and develop new skills. You will:

  • Study individually or in groups in UCW's dedicated Higher Education space with well-equipped computer labs, two large open-access labs and student services team.
  • Study fitness and outdoor activities in UCW's large sports centre with modern gym, access to sports fields and climbing wall.
  • Access a range of software, tools, industry journals and resources through UWE Bristol's online portal.
  • Work out-of-hours in UWE Bristol's state-of-the-art 24-hour computer labs.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer.

Learn from industry

We arrange regular presentations from visiting professionals and employers so you can learn about industry challenges and best practice.

Volunteer your skills

We arrange for employers to provide relevant opportunities so you can volunteer on community events and internships to gain valuable work experience.


Careers / Further study

On graduation, you will be equipped to either enter, or advance your career in the public services. This could be working in a range of professions for the police, armed forces, fire services or local authorities. You may also choose to continue studying on our BA(Hons) Uniformed and Public Services, based at University Centre Weston.

Award-winning Careers Service

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.


Weston College Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee7950
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)994
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee7950
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 994

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year150

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those that students could reasonably expect to incur during their studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

For information about funding for undergraduate courses see our funding pages.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 64
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of one A Level, or equivalent.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

In addition to your qualifications, recent and relevant experience of working in an appropriate setting and evidence of your skills and knowledge may be taken into account. Applicants will be assessed on an individual basis.

How to apply

UCAS Extra: We welcome applications through UCAS Extra for this programme from 25 February until 4 July 2017. Responses to UCAS Extra applications will be given within 14 working days.

Please see the general information about applications.

For further information

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