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Uniformed and Public Services

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About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Geography and Environmental Management
University Centre Weston
Programme leader:
Mark Harvey
Key fact:
Top-up your Foundation to an honours degree in this one-year course, which has been developed in collaboration with key employers in the uniformed and public services.

Page last updated 11 July 2018


Why study BA(Hons) Uniformed and Public Services?

The uniformed and public services play a vital role in the welfare and safety of people at home and abroad, on the front-line and behind the scenes. But to function well, the sector needs skilled professionals who understand key issues and are able to make rapid, well-informed decisions.

Why study our course?

This one-year course will enable you to top-up your Foundation to an honours degree. It is designed to provide a strategic understanding of public services and equip you with the right knowledge and skills for a successful career in those fields.

Real world experience

The course has been developed alongside key employers, including Avon and Somerset Constabulary, Her Majesty's Prison Service, Customs and Excise and local authorities. These provide insight, training facilities and volunteering opportunities. The course incorporates work-based learning so you can apply what you've learned. You will also go on field trips to find out more about public services issues, test your skills and challenge yourself in team building exercises.

Where it can take you

On graduation, you will be equipped to go into a career in the public services. This could be working for the police force, armed forces, fire services or local authorities.



You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Working with Communities
  • International Relations
  • Uniformed Service Research Project
  • Leadership for the Uniformed and Public Services

Please note this structure is for the full-time course delivery only. For part-time delivery, the same modules will be studied. However, the structure will differ.

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

You will learn through a combination of lectures, guest speaker sessions and open discussions. You will also spend time working in the community, developing an awareness of strategic partnerships, identifying and resolving issues and using self-reflection as a tool for career development.

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


You will be assessed through assignments, presentations, work-related projects and case studies. You will also be given the opportunity to focus on a subject of your choice on an in-depth research project.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.



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

We have established links with a wide variety of public service employers and encourage you to identify and secure a work placement in your area of interest.


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 team building exercises.

Study facilities

You will study and develop your new skills at the University Centre Weston and UWE Bristol.

  • University Centre Weston is equipped with computer suites, a social area, open-access work space and teaching rooms. There is also a dedicated university study room in the LibraryPlus.
  • You will enjoy free membership to University Centre Weston's air-conditioned Fitness Suite with top-of-the-range cardiovascular equipment and strength stations.
  • You will have access to a range of software, tools, industry journals and resources through UWE Bristol's online portal.

Find out more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

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

Past graduates have gone on to work with the police or as officers in the army. Others have progressed to postgraduate teaching qualifications, leading to work in education.

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.


University Centre Weston 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 you could reasonably expect to incur during your 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.


Students starting this course in September 2018 should follow this link to view their joining instructions.

For more information about joining the University, please see our New Students pages.

Typical offers

  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent.
  • Specific subjects: Uniformed and Public Services or a related subject.

Entry requirements

Successful completion of a Foundation degree or equivalent in Uniformed and Public Services or a related subject, preferably with an average of 50%.

Offer Types

If you have not received your exam results, your offer from UWE Bristol will be conditional and will be subject to you achieving the tariff points/grades required for your course.

If you have already satisfied the academic entry requirements of your chosen course, you are likely to be made an unconditional offer. Please note that UWE Bristol will only make unconditional offers if you have already achieved your qualifications.

To make sure our applicants are academically prepared for when they start their studies at UWE Bristol, we do not make unconditional offers to those that are still studying their Level 3 qualifications (such as A levels, BTEC, Access or equivalent). We hope that this will encourage our applicants to value their academic achievements as much as we do.

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