Public Services HNC

From the Police Service to the Armed Forces, the Public Services HNC is designed for those who want a competitive advantage in terms of enhanced career prospects or employment opportunities. With a particular emphasis on the understanding, detection and prevention of crime, this course will provide you with the broader knowledge, understanding and skills required for success in both frontline and management roles within this sector.

Course Level:
Level 4
1 Year
Study Time:
2 days/week
Aireville Campus
UCAS Code:
Institution Code:
Validated by:

FT - £6,750
Fees & Funding

Once the College has finalised its proposals for 2020/21 Tuition Fees more information will be published. Any proposals will be in line with Consumer Price Index, our Fee Policy and Government guidelines and requirements. Please note Foundation Degrees are qualifications in their own right and students progressing from a Foundation Degree to a top-up year are subject to a new fee.


You will be introduced to the criminological theories used to explain and provide solutions for the social problems with which public services deal. You will become familiar with models of crime management and critically examine current public service policies. Working closely with the Fire, Police, Prison and Armed Forces through very strong, long-standing industry links, you will connect classroom learning with real-life situations helping you to identify, acquire and develop transferable skills and knowledge which will prepare you for applying for jobs in both the public services and beyond.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures and in-class activities such as textual analysis, case studies, research seminars, real-time simulations, peer review and spontaneous games and activities that help to embed learning and appeal to a variety of learning styles. In addition to scheduled sessions in College, you will be expected to undertake 10-12 hours of independent study such as reading journal articles and books, undertaking research and preparing for assessments. Your learning will be supported by Moodle, an on-line electronic resource platform managed by your module tutors, by the excellent Learning Hub at the Aireville Campus in addition to the College’s Specialist Support Centre.

An HNC is a nationally recognised qualification in its own right and is the first year of an HND course. Students may be able to progress onto the HND at the College if there are a sufficient number of students.


HNC (Level 4)

  • Small-scale Research Projects in Public Services
  • Psychology of Human & Criminal Behaviour
  • Custodial Care in England & Wales
  • Justice & Punishment
  • Organisations & Behaviour
  • Fair Treatment in Public Services

HND (Level 5)

  • Crime Reduction & Community Safety
  • Personal & Professional Development

Entry Requirements

  • 48 UCAS tariff points (formerly 120 UCAS points)
  • English & Maths GCSEs grade 9-4 (A*-C)

Students without necessary qualifications but with relevant work experience are encouraged to apply for an interview



Your choices may include:

  • Police Officer
  • Prison Officer
  • PCSO
  • Probation Officer
  • HM Revenue & Customs Officer


Your choices may include:

  • Public Services HND
  • Public Services Management BSc (Hons)
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