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HNC Public Services (Level 4) — Full-time

Course outline

The HNC Public Services is designed to help develop the skills needed in public service management, both uniformed and non-uniformed.

These include, for example, HM Armed Forces, Revenues and Customs, the Emergency Services, Prison Service and the charity and voluntary sectors.

A career in policing is a popular route for candidates, who choose to top-up this HNC course with a second year HND before moving onto a full degree in their final year with a particular focus or specialism.

The emphasis of this course is on developing leadership, team-building, communication and organisation skills as well as building a solid awareness of the public services landscape.

The course will provide insight and understanding into the wide range of roles within public services, recognising the importance of collaboration at all levels and to equip students with knowledge and understanding of multi-facetted societies and organisation, cross-cultural issues, and an appreciation of diversity and core values. Your study will consider the governmental, sociological and psychological aspects of a career in public services, and how they relate to professional practice.

Modules include:

  • Organisational structures and culture
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Equality, diversity and fair treatment
  • Public services in contemporary society
  • Personal and professional development
  • Crime and substance misuse
  • Personnel protection in civil protection agencies
  • Event management and safety
  • Psychology of behaviour

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: PUB1
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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: C035025 / Q035026


1 year

Level Level 4
Entry requirements

You’ll need a minimum of 48 UCAS points from:

  • At least two A Levels at A2
  • BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Access to HE Diploma

You should possess (or expect to achieve) a full Level 3 qualification in the public service or related subject areas. Other combinations of qualifications and experience will also be considered, as will Level 3 qualifications not currently listed on the UCAS tariff.

We would expect students to be working at (or to demonstrate competency at) Level 2 or above in English/literacy and maths/numeracy.

Mature applicants with relevant professional experience and/or qualifications are welcome to apply.

Teaching & assessment

Individual and group assessments may include:

  • Written reports
  • Presentations
  • Projects
  • Testing the understanding and use of professional, sector-specific language

On completion of the HNC, you can top-up to the Public Services HND in the second year.

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