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HNC Public Services (UCAS: 2C15)

Within modern contemporary society Public Services and the public sector are under more and more scrutiny. With this in mind it is important that those looking for a career in the services are prepared for understanding performance indicators and working at the highest level.


Calderdale Colleges HNC Public Services course is for those seeking employment or those already in employment (e.g. Special Constable) within the public services who need to develop knowledge and skills required to meet the demand placed on the workforce to give successful performance. The course includes a wide variety of subject areas, including work experience and a variety of visits and expeditions.

This course is designed to give Learners the opportunity to develop a range of skills and knowledge to prepare learners to progress to study on to Higher Education or a career in the uniformed public services.

The course is delivered over two days, on site. Learners will study two units per term alongside two units which run over the academic year. Mandatory core units include:

  • Small scale research project in Public Services
  • Organisations and Behaviour
  • Fair Treatment in Public Services

Learners will also study a number of chosen units with a total credit value of 75 credit. These include:

  • Psychology of Human and Criminal Behaviour
  • Health and Safety Management in Public Services
  • Justice and Punishment
  • Public Service Activity Management
  • Personal Outdoor Skills

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Course Leader profile

Kieran O’Connell

Kieran has worked at Calderdale College for several years. In that time he has taught across the range of levels 1 to 5 and is currently the course leader for the Level 2 Diploma in Public Services. Kieran, like the rest of his team, brings a wealth of industry experience to the course having served as a member of the Armed Forces and says “I like to reflect on my own experience of education and remind myself that everybody deserves a chance, this in turn motivates me to go the extra mile for my learners. The course is challenging at times but equally as rewarding, we have a professional & dependable team that prides itself on its performance. We use a range of assessment and teaching methods to ensue absolute differentiation and a fair crack at success, my aspiration is to see a positive outcome for every student that walks through our doors.”

Entry Requirements

Applicants will need a Level 3 Public Services at MMM or above or relevant work experience. All applicants will be interviewed and assessed for suitability for the course.

Interview Process

Potential students will be required to attend an interview and assessment process to assess their suitability for the course

Questions & Answers

Who is the course for?

The courses are particularly suitable for learners who are considering a career in the Emergency Services, Armed Services, Probation and Prison Services, HM Coastguard and HM Customs Services.

What will be studied?

Learners study two units per term with two long units across the entire academic year. Units include: Mandatory core units – all three units must be taken Unit 1 Small-scale Research Projects in Public Services 2 Organisations and Behaviour 3 Fair Treatment in Public Services Specialist units – choose units with a total credit value of 75 credits 8 Psychology of Human and Criminal Behaviour 12 Health and Safety Management in Public Services 14 Justice and Punishment 18 Public service activity management 19 Personal Outdoor Skills

Does the course lead to a qualification?

On successfully completing the course Learners will gain a nationally recognised qualification at level 4 on the national qualifications framework.

Are there any opportunities for progression?

Learners will have a wide range of teaching and learning experiences, which will enable them to experience and develop the necessary skills and approaches to be able to complete the course successfully and progress onto university to study Criminology/ Law or moving onto the workplace.


Before Enrolment

The Advice & Guidance team will provide help and advice for applicants, both before enrolment and during your study, including: financial advice, applications for grants and student loans, assistance if you need help with childcare, equipment, fees, or travel.

During Your Study

You may have a learning difficulty and/or disability or other condition which significantly affects your daily life. Careers and student advisors are also available to give you the necessary help and guidance you need when you are progressing into work or on to study at a higher level. If you would like to discuss your support needs, or for further information about the support available, please contact the study support team on 01422 357357 Ext 9347.

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Course details

  • UCAS Code: 2C15
  • Institution Code: C01
  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Start Date: September 2018
  • Hours per week: 10 hours
  • Days: Monday & Wednesday
  • Start Time: 9.00 am
  • End Time: 4.00 pm
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course Fees: £7000. Students may be eligible for funding through Student Finance England. Www Students may be eligible for funding through Student Finance England. Please contact Student Services on 01422 399367 for further information.
  • Venue: Calderdale College
  • Faculty: HE & Professonal Studies
  • Department Manager: Katie Walker


  • Level: Level 4/HNC
  • Qualification Name: HNC Public Services
  • Awarding Body: EDEXCEL

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