Title: Public Services HNC (with a focus on Law, Criminology, Psychology and Sociology)
UCAS Code: LL41
UCAS Institute Code: B93
Attendance: Full time
Duration: HNC - 1 year
HND - 1 additional year
Start date: September

This programme offers you the opportunity to study a Higher National Certificate in Public Services with a particular focus on Law, Criminology, Psychology and Sociology which will give you the underpinning knowledge to enter into your chosen Public Service.

The Higher National Certificate in Public Services consists of modules covering all aspects of Protective Services from Mental Health and Wellbeing to Counter Terrorism. The course has been set out to give you the best possible starting point to enter into your chosen Public Service, giving not only the theoretical knowledge to succeed but the practical skills too. The course places an emphasis on understanding people, communities and the law with a focus on practical skills to enter into the Public Services. The course will be assessed by coursework assignments with research tasks.

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing

  • Public Services in Contemporary Society

  • Fitness Prep and Testing

  • Integrated Emergency Management

  • Outdoor Skills Development

  • Organisational Structures and Culture

  • Equality, Diversity, and Fair Treatment

  • Terrorism and Counterterrorism

The Higher National Diploma in Public Services is coursework based which has no examinations. You will be assessed through a variety of written and in some cases verbal tasks. This assessment method has benefited those who feel less comfortable with exams.

The degree is delivered by lecturers with a wide range of Public Service experience. You will also benefit from well established links within the Public Services including Fire Service, Police Service, Prison Service and the Armed Forces. To enhance the programme there is an opportunity to participate in a study visit programme which includes overseas visits to destinations such as Krakow in Poland. Various guest speakers provide a wealth of knowledge to support your studies and future employment.

Upon completion of this course you may choose to top-up in Policing. You may choose to progress onto other courses such as Law and other related subjects.

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Entry Requirements

  • 64 UCAS points or equivalent in a Level 3 qualification

  • You should also have five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English

  • The University Centre will also consider applicants who have passed a Kitemarked Access to Higher Education course (equivalent to 64 UCAS points)

  • You may also be required to attend an interview and/or assessment

  • If you do not have the standard entry requirements but have the relevant work experience or an alternative qualification you may still be eligible for the course

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