Public Service, Preparation Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (schedule IELTS)
University rank #301 (WUR) ,
From the uniformed services to Revenue and Customs, through work placements and disaster planning, our foundation degree will give you the first-hand experience of the public services that you need to move ahead in your chosen career.


The course will equip you with skills and knowledge that are in great demand with public service employers like the police, the Prison Service, fire and ambulance services, HM Revenue & Customs and the Armed Forces.

Based on the Cambridge campus, with access to all of our university’s facilities, you’ll get first-hand experience of the UK’s uniformed public services through work-based learning as well as improving your academic knowledge in the classroom.

Work placements are a key feature of our degree*. Each year of the course you'll complete one placement, gaining a unique insight into the daily working life of public service professionals as well as valuable skills and experience.

In the first year you'll work with disadvantaged groups. We offer placements with homeless shelters and food banks, in prisons and care homes as well as with organisations that work with groups such as young offenders and people with drug and alcohol dependencies.

In the second year you'll complete a work placement with an emergency public service or related organization. We have schemes in place with Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, Cambridgeshire Constabulary and the County Council, amongst others. You'll have the chance to spend time on shift with police officers and fire fighters and experience first-hand what it is like to work in the emergency services.


Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Privy Council, Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 15,000-19,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation degrees), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Understanding Public Service
  • Introduction to Social Science
  • Basic Criminalistics
  • Working in Public Service
  • Work Based Learning 1
  • Researching Social Issues
  • Political Ideologies and Social Controversies
  • Resilience and Emergency Management
  • Leading Public Service
  • Equality and Cultural Diversity at work
  • Work Based Learning 2
  • Social Research Methods


You’ll develop skills and knowledge that can be used in many different careers. Our past students have gone on to work with the police (as analysts and researchers as well as constables), the fire service, all branches of the military, the Prison Service, HM Revenue & Customs, public and private sector organisations as managers, and primary, further or higher education.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Schedule IELTS

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Academic Requirements

  • 96 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent).
  • 3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above.
  • If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 (Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.
  • You may also be accepted to this course with an IELTS 5.5 ( Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University, but will then be required to undertake additional compulsory free English language modules in your first year.
    • UCAS Tariff points acquired from BTEC Level 3 Diplomas are accepted.
    • Access to HE Diplomas at overall Pass grade are accepted.
    • International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 24 points is accepted.
    • UCAS Tariff points from Scottish Advanced Highers are accepted.
    • UCAS Tariff points from Scottish Highers are accepted.
    • UCAS Tariff points from the Irish Leaving Certificate are accepted.
    • UCAS Tariff points acquired from the International Baccalaureate Certificate are accepted.

      Tuition Fee

      • EU/EEA Applies to you

        7500 GBP/year
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 7500 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
      We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
      *Owing to visa restrictions, this course is not available to international applicants

      Living costs for Cambridge

      • 846 - 1470 GBP/month
        Living Costs

      The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


      They offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.

      Grants and scholarships are available for:

      • Low income households
      • Students with disabilities
      • Your first degree
      • Talented sports people

      StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.