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  • Course Length

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  • Awarded By

    Pearson BTEC

  • UCAS codes

    • Course Code: NCH6
    • Institution Code: N34
    • Campus Code: Q

Crime and Criminal Justice HND

Higher Nationals are level 4 and 5 qualifications – equivalent to a foundation degree or the first two years of a full degree. They are vocational courses with an emphasis on ‘learning by doing’; focusing on the skills and knowledge needed for a particular industry.

Studying this course will give you the skills and knowledge required to begin a career in the criminal justice sector. You will explore criminal psychology and behaviour, law and justice and crime reduction, as well as gaining an in-depth knowledge of the contemporary social and political issues affecting today’s criminal justice system. Through this course, you will develop essential skills such as time management, teamwork, self-motivation and leadership.

Course Content

Mandatory Units

  • Organisational Structures and Culture
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Equality, Diversity and Fair Treatment
  • Public Services in Contemporary Society

Additional Units

  • Law and the Legal System
  • Psychology of Human Behaviour
  • Crime Reduction and Community Safety
  • Small Scale Research Project

Mandatory Units

  • Research Project
  • Reflective Professional Practice

Additional Units

  • International Institutions and Global Affairs
  • Contemporary Sociological Issues
  • Justice Punishment and Rehabilitation
  • Management of an Outdoor Event
  • Youth Offending


Students on this course will have access to:

  • Resources to facilitate outdoor pursuits such as mountain biking, kayaking, climbing, camping etc.


On successful completion of the HNC, you will be able to go on and complete the Public and Emergency Services HND with a further year of full-time study. Depending on your grade, you may then be able to complete a second or third ‘top-up’ year of a suitable degree. Alternatively, you will be well.

Example job roles:

  • Police Officer
  • PSCO
  • Anti-Social Behaviour Support Officer
  • Community Safety Officer
  • Criminal Intelligence Analyst
  • Court Officer
  • Youth Worker

Entry Requirements

GCSE English and Maths, 9 - 4 (A* - C) Alternative equivalency testing may be undertaken.

PLUS one of the following:

A Levels - At least 2, grades A-D
Vocational - BTEC Level 3, grades MPP
Access Diploma - in Public Services or Social Studies

Ideally, in a relevant subject such as Public Services, Criminology, Law, Sociology or Psychology.

For students over 18, suitable work experience may be taken into consideration instead of formal academic studies. You can progress to this course if you achieve accredited prior learning in a public services agency.

Additional Requirements

You must be able to take part in overnight camping expeditions, day walks, water sports and physical fitness sessions. You should have the potential to pass the fitness and health requirements for your chosen public service career.


Study mode:Full-time or part-time
Course length: 32 weeks
Days: Monday and Wednesday
Contact hours: 12.5 hours per week
Expected self-study: 15-20 hours per week
Possible out-of-hours activities: Overnight camping expeditions, two-day trip to London, role-plays and activities with the Police.

Costs and Resources

Tuition fees for 2020 entry: £5,750 per annum
Additional costs: None
Student finance information: www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance

The Graham Taylor Higher Education Scholarship Students enrolling on this course can apply for the Graham Taylor Higher Education Scholarship. Find out more: www.newcollege.ac.uk/he

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