Pearson BTEC HNC Diploma Level 4 Public Services

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Pearson BTEC HNC Diploma Level 4 Public Services (with pathway options: Policing, Criminolgy & Emergency Services)

This course is designed to meet the needs of students wishing to pursue a career in Public and Emergency Services – The Police, Fire Service, Ambulance Service, Prison Service, Armed Forces, Customs and Excise, Emergency Planning - Security Services, Public Health and Criminal Justice support agencies. You will develop a firm understanding about major incidents, human psychology and sociology, diversity, criminology health & safety and your own personal efficiency and development in all situations where public services are employed.

The Pearson BTEC Level 4 & 5 HNC/D in Public Services provides a specialist, work-related programme of study that covers the key knowledge, understanding and practical skills required in the Public Services sector and also offers particular emphasis through the choice of specialist units tailored in year 1 & 2 to your chosen careers pathway.

At the end of your course you will have a recognised qualification which will definitive pathways for employment in the public services and other careers that require a disciplined but caring approach. On successful completion of the HND, you may be able to complete a second or third ‘top-up’ year of a suitable degree at another institution or graduate entry to selective institutions. There are opportunities for further study and career options: The course provides a nationally recognised qualification offering career progression and professional development for those already in employment or wishing to seek public sector employment.

The course will provide:

in depth study of a wide range of public service operations

opportunities to find out about jobs available in these services and prepare yourself for their entry procedures

regular contact with public service workers and visits to public service providers

practical assignments and projects directly related to the contemporary public service scene

practical work on community projects

Small-Scale Research Projects

Organisations and Behaviour

Fair Treatment in Public Services

Health & Safety Management in Public Services

The Global Environment

Justice and Punishment

Emergency Planning and the Public Services

Crime Reduction and Community Safety

*Note: modules will vary depending on student's pathway selection. E.g. Policing, Criminology, Emergency and General Public Services.

To gain the HND each module must be successfully completed. Assessment is by a combination of coursework, assignments, projects or an examination. All assessments are externally verified by Pearson.

Most units on the BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) level courses are worth 15 UK credits. Students will be expected to commit at least 150 notional hours towards completing the learning outcomes per unit. This usually consists of a combination of around 60% direct teaching time and around 40% independent study time (e.g. preparations for research and assessments, background reading, etc.).

UK and EU students:

A level standard or overseas equivalent

Mature students (21+) with relevant experience

Other UK level 3 qualifications (e.g. Foundation Diploma, Access to HE Certificate, a BTEC Diploma/National, Advanced GNVQ or AVCE).

International students:

Overseas learners must show proficiency in the English language and have an appropriate qualification equivalent to IELTS 5.5

Restrictions on learner entry

The BTEC Higher National qualifications are accredited on the RQF for learners aged 18 years and over.

The College will ensure that entry requirement are applied in accordance with institutional policy and that the admissions process will take the following format.

All applicants must complete an application form

Applicants will be subject to a personal (or Skype) interview where possible either by a member of the admissions team or approved agency (where this is not possible acceptance will be based on the information contained in the application form and any supporting documents)

If requested, applicants must provide two references in support of their suitability for the programme

Selection will be in the light of previous qualifications, past experience, and future aspirations

Mature entry applicants without the standard academic background will normally be interviewed to assess their suitability for the programme

Educational and employment references will be taken up wherever possible

All applicants must present original examination transcripts (English translation where necessary), or notarised copies and English Language examination transcripts (where applicable).

Applicants may be asked to complete an English language entry test and an ICT diagnostic test.

The skills you will learn from this course will enable you to:

Pursue a career in the police service, armed forces, fire service, prison service, revenue and customs and security

Progress on to a higher education programme

A key progression path for BTEC HND learners is to the second or third year of a degree or honours degree programme, depending on the match of units to the degree programme in question. To see who accepts the HND for progression please see the Pearson website.