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HND in Public Services

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Course Description

This course is for those looking to develop skills and personal qualities of students in preparation for a career in the public services such as Social Work and Health and Social Care roles. It can also lead to roles in the Uniformed Public Services such as police, fire service and the military. Modules focus on legal, political, criminal theory as well as honing students' personal and professional development to enhance employability skills.

To apply for this course, please apply through UCAS using the links on this page.



AWARD: HND in Public Services

Entry Requirements

To join this course you should have:

  • 80 UCAS tariff points (which should include a Level 3 qualification or A Levels or successful completion of an Access to HE course)
  • GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above (or equivalent)


A variety of assessment methods are used including reports, essays, tests, presentations and practical observation.

Course Content:

Year 1

  • Small-scale research project
  • Organisations and behaviour
  • Fair treatment and the public services
  • Psychology of human and criminal behaviour
  • Sociological aspects of the public services in contemporary society
  • Managing stress in public services
  • Justice and punishment
  • Employability skills

Year 2

  • Managing public sector finance
  • Government, decision-making and the public services
  • Research project
  • Personal and professional development
  • The global environment
  • Substance misuse, culture and crime
  • Criminology theory in relation to crimes of violence

Work Experience

No formal work experience is required to complete this course.


After completing this course, you can top up to a full Honours Degree at a range of universities in Criminology, Law, Public Health, Psychology, Youth Community Work, Social Policy, Social Work studies and more. Alternative routes include entering employment in the public or uniformed public services.

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