Public Services

If you want to make a real difference in the local community and the wider world, then a career in public services could be perfect for you. Whether you'd like to train for police force entrance exams, prepare yourself for a role in the Army or find out more about an engaging and meaningful role in the government, our public services department is a great place to begin.

You'll get to cover a diverse range of topics in whichever course you choose in this subject area, taking part in practical activities as much as you explore the issues that are relevant to this industry, including social justice, the causes of crime and the management of the public sector. With a constant need for uniformed professionals and government workers, you'll be leading the way to a rewarding career in public services.

  • As a leading partner in criminology and criminal justice, we have outstanding learning facilities on our campus, geared towards training you for a promising, rewarding career. Away from the classroom, we make use of extensive sports and leisure facilities around the campus, as well as regular trips to specialist training centres.

  • As part of your course, you'll get the chance to take part in a number of visits to industry locations, exploring first-hand the locations you could be working in and learning the kinds of skills you'll need directly from experts. For our diploma in public services, you'll have the chance to take part in residentials away from college, which include lots of physical activities and outdoor pursuits!

  • You could begin our public services diploma at Level 1 and work your way through to Level 2 and 3, focusing on the wide range of skills and knowledge you'll need for a successful career. You might then continue onto a degree level course in public services and social justice, expanding your expertise even further.

  • Our diploma in public services is taught at number of locations; you’ll find it at our Nicholls, Northenden and Harpurhey Campuses, meaning you won’t have to travel far! Our foundation and BA (Hons) degrees are currently taught at our Openshaw Campus in east Manchester.

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Top Careers Opportunities

Prison service officer

Average salary: £28k

Fire Service Officer

Average salary: £34k

Probation officer

Average salary: £36k

Police officer

Average salary: £42k

Hannah McAtee

I’ve never regretted committing to higher education later on in life and it’s fair to say I’ve not finished yet! I chose The Manchester College because of the course. I knew straight away from the study content that it was the right course for me and it would support my long-term career goals.

Hannah McAtee • BA (Hons) Public Services and Social Justice

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