Public Services HNC

Course Code: PSEHC
Learning Aim Code: 60010873
Full-time / Part-time: Part-time
Duration: Two Years
Campus: Wellington Road Campus

Is this the right course for me?

This higher level course could open up a wide range of rewarding careers in the armed forces, police service, fire service and the ambulance service. You will develop a high understanding about major incidents, human behaviour, diversity, criminology and your own personal efficiency in emergency situations.

Working effectively in a team is crucial - you will take part in a variety of outdoor activities such as navigation and orienteering. You’ll also work on your physical fitness by taking part in physical fitness activities to bring you up to the level required by public service organisations.

The HNC and HND give you a competitive advantage in your career progression, improving your promotion or employment opportunities. If you complete the HNC, you can progress to the HND. If you successfully achieve the HND, you can ‘top up’ your qualification to a full Honours degree at university.

This is a two year part-time course.

What will I learn?

During this course you will study:

Mandatory Units:

  • Small-scale research projects in public services
  • Organisations and behaviour
  • Fair treatment in public services

Optional Units (selection):

  • Government, decision-making and the public services
  • Personal and professional development
  • Psychology of human and criminal behaviour
  • Sociological aspects of the public services in contemporary society
  • Human resources in the public services
  • Health and safety management in public services
  • Justice and punishment
  • Crime reduction and community safety
  • Technology and public services
  • Emergency planning and the public services
  • Public service activity management
  • Public services heritage management
  • Project design, implementation and evaluation
  • Work-based experience
  • Custodial care in England and Wales
  • Aspects of criminal law for public services
  • Substance misuse, culture and crime
  • Criminological theory relating to crimes of violence

What skills will I gain?

By studying this course you will:

  • Develop team building and communication skills
  • Learn about the justice system
  • Improve your fitness levels
  • Learn about health and safety
  • Gain leadership skills
  • Develop skills in planning and navigation
  • Learn basic first aid

How will I be assessed?

A variety of assessment methods are used including individual and group presentations, case studies, role-plays, question and answer, producing display materials, time constrained assessments, work-based assignments and assessment.

This will allow you to develop skills you currently possess and work on new skills that will help you progress. It will also allow you to build a portfolio of evidence and complete other workpacks that are required for you to gain the qualifications in this programme.

What can I do next?

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

  • Progress on to a higher education programme in sport
  • Pursue a career in the police service, armed forces, fire service, prison service, revenue and customs and security or become a physical training instructor or armed forces officer

What are the Entry Requirements?

To access this course you are required to have:

  • At least two A Levels, preferably in Uniformed Public Services and the BTEC National Diploma in Sport or a related discipline
  • Mature students will be considered in light of relevant work and life experience

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