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  • Course Length

    32 weeks (64 weeks for HND)

  • Fees

    £5,750 per annum

  • Awarded By

    Pearson BTEC

  • UCAS codes

    • Course Code: NCH4
    • Institution Code: N34
    • Campus Code: Q

Public and Emergency Services 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 for a career in the public services. You will explore criminal psychology and behaviour, law and justice, counter terrorism, youth offending and emergency planning as well as gaining an in-depth knowledge of the contemporary social and political issues affecting today’s public services. 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
  • Terrorism and Counter-terrorism
  • 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 mounting biking, kayaking, climbing, camping etc.


On successful completion of the HND, depending on your grade, you may be able to complete a second or third ‘top-up’ year of a suitable degree. Alternatively, you will be well placed to pursue a career in a range of uniformed and non-uniformed public services.

Example job roles

  • Police Officer
  • PCSO
  • Fire and Rescue Officer
  • Armed Forces (RAF, Army, Navy)
  • Prison Officer
  • Revenue and Customs Officer
  • Youth Worker

Entry Requirements

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

PLUS 80 UCAS points from at least one of the following:

A Levels - At least 2, grades BB
Vocational - BTEC Level 3, grades MMP
Access Diploma - In Public Services or Social Studies

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


Study mode: Full-time or part-time
Course length:
32 weeks (64 weeks for the HND)
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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