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HND Public Services (Top-up) (Level 5) — Full-time

Course outline

The new Level 5 Diploma in Public Services has been designed to help develop the skills required in public services management (both uniformed and non-uniformed); e.g. HM Armed Forces, Revenue and Customs, the Emergency Services, Prison Service and the charity or voluntary sectors.

This course is currently subject to validation with a first intake planned for September 2024.

About the course:

The course has been designed to equip students with the skillsets, knowledge and understanding necessary to achieve high performance in the public services environment. The emphasis is on developing leadership, team-building, communication and organisational skills.

The course will provide insight and understanding into the wide range of roles within the public services, recognising the importance of collaboration at all levels and to equip students with knowledge and understanding of multi-facetted societies and organisations, cross-cultural issues, and an appreciation of diversity and core values.

This Level 5 HND top-up course is intended for those applicants who have already obtained (or expect to achieve) a full Level 4 in this subject.

Modules are planned to include:

  • research project
  • reflective professional practice
  • physical activity, lifestyle and health
  • international policing
  • training, coaching and mentoring techniques
  • youth offending
  • offender management
  • resource and talent planning

Nottingham College is proud to have been awarded the Teaching Excellence Framework Bronze Award for high quality student experience and outcomes. You can read more about this on the Office for Students website.

How to apply for this course

Entry onto this course is via UCAS.

  • Institution code: N30
  • UCAS code: PUB2

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Location Date Fees / reductions
664 Nuthall Road

Start: Monday 23rd September 2024

The tuition fee is per year.

Various bursaries are available for some Higher Education courses.

Tuition fee: £8,250

Course code: PUB2


HND Public Services


1 year

Level Level 5
Entry requirements

HNC Public Services

Teaching & assessment

Individual and group assessments may include: written reports, presentations, projects, also testing the understanding and use of professional, sector-specific language.


On successful completion of the HND, you could progress to further study, such as our BA (Hons) Top-up courses in Service Sector Management or Business and Management. Other similar BA Top-up courses are available, subject to the provider’s entry requirements, such as: BA (Hons) Public Services, BA (Hons) Public Services Management and BA (Hons) Uniformed and Public Services.

Alternatively, you will be well-placed to pursue a career in a range of uniformed and non-uniformed public services roles. Each of the services have their own entry routes, which you will learn about during the course to help you to decide your next steps.

About the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The TEF is a national scheme run by the Office for Students (OfS) that aims to encourage higher education providers to improve and deliver excellence in the areas that students care about the most: teaching, learning and achieving positive outcomes from their studies.

Learn more about the TEF