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Public Services HND

Public Services HND


Public service careers are rewarding but demanding. If you are keen to enter a profession allied to public services – perhaps as a Police Officer or by taking on a role in the field of criminology – then this qualification is a great way for you to prepare. The course will equip you with a sound understanding of how public services and allied professions can impact on a modern society, from both a theoretical and practical perspective. It also offers a foundation on which to build the skills and knowledge you will need to get a job in the uniformed or non–uniformed public services sector.

This full-time course combines theory and written work with an active-based programme that is closely linked to the emergency services and allied professions. The Higher National Diploma team at Bolton College consists of knowledgeable tutors with an academic background and ex-professionals who have first-hand experience of policing.

You will also have access to voluntary opportunities via our partnership with outside organisations, helping you to develop core competencies and enhance your employability. Over the last few years a number of students have gained voluntary work as Special Constables. Previous students have gained full-time employment as Police Community Support Officers (PCSO) and as a Police Constable with Yorkshire Constabulary.

Module titles

Units Year 1:

  • Small-scale Research Projects in Public Services
  • Organisations & Behaviour
  • Fair Treatment in Public Services
  • Psychology of Human & Criminal Behaviour
  • Sociological Aspects of the Public Services in Contemporary Society
  • Aspects of Criminal Law for Public Services
  • Substance Misuse, Culture & Crime

Units Year 2:

  • Managing Public Sector Finance
  • Government, Decision Making & the Public Services
  • Research Project
  • Personal & Professional Development
  • Justice & Punishment
  • Crime Reduction & Community Safety
  • Criminological Theory Relating to Crimes of Violence

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is carried out through a range of:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • 1 Exam
  • Practical Assessments

You will be expected to take part in fitness and sport sessions, as fitness is an essential requirement for a career in the public services and allied professions.

What qualification will I achieve on successful completion?

Higher National Diploma Level 5 in Public Services

Entry requirements

  • English GCSE at grade C (Maths at grade C or equivalent is required by university for top-up courses)
  • Level 3 Diploma or 2 A Levels at Grade C or above


  • Access to HE Course (Kite-marked )


  • Evidence of experiential learning not previously assessed by or contributing to the awards of other institutions or awarding bodies (which is open to scrutiny or, where necessary, assessment). Such evidence may take the form of reports the candidate has prepared as part of their professional practice (i.e. substantial equivalent professional experience within the police or security industry)

GCSE Maths and English qualifications are available to study at the College (fees may apply).

What can I do with this qualification?

Many students progress on to top-up qualifications to gain a full degree, or into related employment. Career opportunities exist across the Police Service, the security industry, immigration, MI5, British Transport Police, British Nuclear Fuel, Retail Security, Corporate Security, HM Revenue & Customs, Military Police and Ministry of Defence Police, along with UK Border Agency, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Marines, the Prison Service, Group Four (G4S) and the Fire & Rescue Service.

The HND course focuses on developing both industry knowledge and essential employability skills, such as organisation, time management and communication. This combination, alongside voluntary experiences, increases opportunities for employment in the police and allied professions.

Is there anything else I need to know?

The course is delivered in small classes, allowing for more contact time with tutors.

The course is 2 years, full-time and starts in September. You will study at Level 4 (HNC) in your first year and Level 5 (HND) in your second year.

Some medical conditions and police convictions can bar entry into careers in the police and allied professions.

I'm interested, what do I need to do next?

Please complete the UCAS Application Form on the UCAS website. Offers are made based on the content of the form, followed by an invitation to meet with the course leader.


Year one: £5,996
Year two: £5,996

For any course queries, please contact:
Tim Woodward (Course Leader)

Tel: 01204 482 624

For any queries regarding the application process, please contact:
Admissions Office
Tel: 01204 482 181

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Please note, this course information is provided as a reference guide only and is subject to change. It is important that you check all course details, including location, timetable and fees etc, at enrolment.