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 FULL-TIME COURSE 
DURATION: 
1 Year
FEE: £6,165
APPLICATION: Direct to College
UCAS CODE: PS21
COURSE CODE: BBME1X1BXA

MINIMUM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:
64 or more UCAS points, equivalent of two A-Levels at grade C or above (with PE or a Science as essential) or a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Protective Services achieved with MMP or above. GCSE English and Maths at grade A*-C (9-4).

If you do not have one of the above English or maths GCSE’s at grade A*-C (9-4) you may still be offered a place on the course but this will be at the discretion of the academic staff. There are opportunities to study adult GCSE courses at the College which you would be required to apply for separately.

ABOUT THE COURSE
The Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Public Services offers students a broad introduction to the subject area via a mandatory core of learning, while allowing for the acquisition of skills and experience through the selection of optional units across a range of occupational sectors at Level 4, via the general pathway.

Students also have the opportunity to select a career pathway in either Civil Protection, Crime and Criminal Justice, Public Service Management or Blue Light Services. This effectively builds underpinning core skills while preparing students for further subject specialisation at Level 5.

Students will gain a wide range of sector knowledge tied to practical skills obtained in research, self-study, directed study and workplace scenarios.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE
At Level 4 students will study a total of eight units and develop a broad knowledge and awareness of key aspects of public services through four core units, which will include one unit assessed by a Pearson-set assignment.

Core Units:

 You will be studying the following subject areas:

Organisational Structures and Culture / Mental Health and Wellbeing / Equality, Diversity and Fair Treatment / Public Services in Contemporary Society (Pearson Set) / Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism / Law and Legal Services / Government and Politics / Modern Warfare and Conflict

*Units may be subject to slight change due to cohort requirements.

ASSESSMENT
BTEC Higher Nationals in Public Services are assessed using a combination of internally assessed Centre-devised internal assignments (which are set and marked by Centres) and internally assessed Pearson-set assignments (which are set by Pearson and marked by Centres).

Assessment is continuous throughout the course and a variety of methods are used including presentations, reports, practical observations, exams and written work. Deadlines will be strictly applied to the submission of work, as is university and business practice.

WHERE DOES IT LEAD?
HNCs provide a nationally recognised qualification offering career progression and professional development for those already in employment. This course will prepare you for a career in a number of the Public Services. Each of the Services has their own entry routes, the details of which you will learn about throughout this course, helping you to decide your next steps. You could also continue your studies by moving on to the HND in Public Services at other Colleges. 

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