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  • Course Length

    32 weeks (64 weeks for HND)

  • Fees

    £5,750 per annum

  • Awarded By

    Pearson Education Ltd

  • UCAS codes

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

Public Services (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 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
  • 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:

  • The Learning Resource Centre (incl. Library)
  • Computer rooms
  • Large restaurant and social area
  • Sports Centre with gym, sports hall and 3G football pitch
  • Resources to facilitate outdoor pursuits such as mountain biking, kayaking, climbing, camping etc.

New Higher Education Centre opened in 2018, providing our learners with a dedicated space for lessons and self-study and access to HE Lecturers who are subject area specialists and have considerable expertise in respect of Criminology and Public Services


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.

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.


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

IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE - Information about how courses and teaching may be affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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