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.