OTHM Level 7 Diploma in Public Administration

About this course

Objectives

The OTHM Level 7 Diploma in Public Administration is a postgraduate level recognised qualification suitable for learners to gain skills in public service administration.

Public service managers face an increasing pace of change, combined with pressures to deliver more with less, navigate a complex policy context and enhance performance while sustaining public service values. Designed for professionals in public and non-profit organisations who provide strong and comprehensive support, this OTHM Level 7 Diploma qualification will equip you to meet these challenges.

You will study three aspects of public administration:

  • The policy process, within which public services are developed.
  • The organisational and human context through which public services are delivered.
  • The wider social, economic and political environment that shapes public service demands and constraints.

You will learn how to analyse complex public management problems, lead change effectively, and develop your ability to manage through networks and partnerships. You will be able to shape and deliver the public services of the future and move into more strategic roles in a wide range of organisations.

Over the course of the programme you will grow as a competent and reflective practitioner, both in your current role, and in preparation for more demanding roles in the future.

Equivalences

The OTHM Level 7 diplomas on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) are at the same level as master’s degrees. However, they are shorter (120 credits) and learners will have to proceed to the dissertation stage (60 credits) with university to achieve a full masters programme.

Qualification structure

The OTHM Level 7 Diploma in Public Administration consists of 6 mandatory units for a combined total of 120 credits, 1200 hours Total Qualification Time (TQT) and 600 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) for the completed qualification.

Module1: Managing and Leading in the Public Sector (20 credits)

it focuses on developing essential leadership and management skills tailored to the unique challenges of the public sector.

Module 2: Public Service Reform and Innovation (20 credits)

it is dedicated to exploring strategies and practices aimed at reforming and innovating public services.

Module 3: Policy and Politics – Theory and Analysis (20 credits)

it delves into the relationship between policy development and politics.

Learners analyze theoretical frameworks and conduct in-depth analyses of the impact of political factors on public administration.

Module 4: Managing Public Finance (20 credits)

it focuses on the principles and practices of managing finances within the public sector. Topics include budgeting, revenue generation, expenditure control, and financial regulations compliance.

Module 5: Managing Public Sector Projects (20 credits)

it is designed to equip learners with project management skills specifically tailored to the public sector context.

This module covers project planning, execution, monitoring, and control, addressing challenges unique to managing projects within government agencies and public organizations.

Module 6: Advanced Research Methods (20 credits)

it focuses on providing learners with advanced skills and methodologies for conducting research relevant to public administration.

This module equips learners with the tools to conduct in-depth research, analyze data, and contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the field of public administration through rigorous research practices.

Duration and delivery

The qualification is designed to be delivered over one academic year for full-time study, but it is also flexible in its delivery in order to accommodate part-time and distance learning.

Assessment and verification

All units within this qualification are internally assessed by the centre and externally verified by OTHM. The qualifications are criterion referenced, based on the achievement of all the specified learning outcomes.

To achieve a ‘pass’ for a unit, learners must provide evidence to demonstrate that they have fulfilled all the learning outcomes and meet the standards specified by all assessment criteria. Judgement that the learners have successfully fulfilled the assessment criteria is made by the Assessor.

The Assessor should provide an audit trail showing how the judgement of the learners’ overall achievement has been arrived at.

Progression

Successful completion of the OTHM Level 7 Diploma in Public Administration qualification enables learners to progress into or within employment and/or continue their study towards a relevant master top-up programme with advanced standing at many universities in the UK and overseas. For more information visit University Progressions page

 

 

Entry Requirements

For entry onto the OTHM Level 7 Diploma in Public Administration qualification, learners must possess:

  • An honours degree in related subject or UK level 6 diploma or an equivalent overseas qualification
  • Mature learners with management experience (learners must check with the delivery centre regarding this experience prior to registering for the programme)
  • Learners must be 21 years old or older at the beginning of the course

The degree can be in any subject, although we may give preference to learners with knowledge of relevant areas include – Management or Business Studies, Economics, Finance or Accounting and any social science.

Alternative professional qualifications with at least three years’ relevant work experience in the public service field will also be considered. This could be in roles in local or national government, or in non-governmental and inter-governmental organisations, the voluntary and charitable sector, and private sector roles which support or deliver public services.

English requirements:  If a learner is not from a majority English-speaking country, they must provide evidence of English language competency. For more information visit English Language Expectations page.

What you will learn

Managing and Leading in the Public Sector (20 credits):

  • Techniques for effective leadership and management within public sector organizations.
  • Understanding the unique challenges and dynamics of public sector leadership.
  • Developing strategies for leading teams, managing resources, and achieving organizational goals in the public sector context.

Public Service Reform and Innovation (20 credits):

  • Exploring approaches to reforming and innovating public services to meet changing societal needs.
  • Analyzing case studies of successful public service reform initiatives.
  • Identifying barriers to reform and strategies for overcoming them.

Policy and Politics – Theory and Analysis (20 credits):

  • Understanding the relationship between policy and politics in the public sector.
  • Analyzing policy development processes and the role of political factors.
  • Evaluating policy effectiveness and implications for public administration.

Managing Public Finance (20 credits):

  • Principles of public finance management, including budgeting, revenue generation, and expenditure control.
  • Understanding financial regulations and compliance requirements in the public sector.
  • Analyzing financial data and making informed decisions to ensure fiscal sustainability.

Managing Public Sector Projects (20 credits):

  • Project management methodologies and techniques tailored to the public sector environment.
  • Planning, executing, and monitoring public sector projects effectively.
  • Addressing challenges specific to managing projects within government agencies and public organizations.

Advanced Research Methods (20 credits):

  • Advanced research methodologies applicable to public administration.
  • Conducting research, analyzing data, and drawing conclusions relevant to public sector management.
  • Developing research proposals and contributing to the advancement of knowledge in the field of public administration.

Overall, the OTHM Level 7 Diploma in Public Administration provides a comprehensive understanding of the principles, practices, and challenges of managing and leading in the public sector, preparing learners for leadership roles in government agencies, non-profit organizations, and other public sector entities.

Benefits of this course

Enhanced Leadership and Management Skills:

  • The course provides advanced training in leadership and management tailored to the unique challenges of the public sector, equipping individuals with the skills needed to lead effectively in government agencies and public organizations.

Understanding of Public Policy and Politics:

  • Learners gain a deep understanding of the relationship between policy and politics in the public sector, enabling them to navigate complex political environments and contribute to the development and implementation of effective public policies.

Expertise in Public Finance Management:

  • The course covers principles of public finance management, including budgeting, revenue generation, and expenditure control, preparing individuals to effectively manage financial resources in government agencies and public organizations.

Project Management Skills:

  • Learners acquire project management skills tailored to the public sector context, enabling them to plan, execute, and monitor public sector projects effectively, contributing to the successful delivery of government initiatives and programs.

Knowledge of Public Service Reform and Innovation:

  • The course explores approaches to public service reform and innovation, equipping individuals with the knowledge and tools needed to drive change and improve service delivery in government agencies and public organizations.

Research and Analytical Skills:

  • Through the advanced research methods module, learners develop research and analytical skills applicable to public administration, enabling them to conduct research, analyze data, and contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the field.

Career Advancement Opportunities:

  • Holding a Level 7 Diploma in Public Administration demonstrates advanced knowledge and expertise in the field, enhancing career prospects and opening up opportunities for leadership roles in government, non-profit organizations, and other public sector entities.

Networking Opportunities:

  • Engaging with peers, instructors, and industry professionals during the course provides valuable networking opportunities, which can lead to collaborations, mentorship, and access to new career opportunities in the public sector.

Overall, the OTHM Level 7 Diploma in Public Administration offers a valuable opportunity for individuals to enhance their skills, knowledge, and career prospects in the dynamic and impactful field of public administration.

Qualification Number: 603/5735/6

£2,500.00

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