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HND Public Services (UCAS: L4L2)

The Level 5 HND provides greater breadth and specialisation than the Level 4 HNC. HNDs are mode free but are followed predominately by full-time learners. They allow progression into or within employment in the public services sector, either directly on achievement of the award or following further study to degree level.


The Level 5 HND in Public Services provides opportunities for learners to apply their knowledge and practical skills in the workplace. Full-time learners have the opportunity to do this through formal work placements or part-time employment experience. The qualification prepares learners for employment in the public services sector and will be suitable for learners who have already decided that they wish to enter this area of work. Some adult learners may wish to make the commitment required by this qualification in order to enter a specialist area of employment in public services or progress into higher education. Other learners may want to extend the specialism that they followed on the Edexcel BTEC Level 4 HNC Programme.

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:

  • Managing Public Sector Finance
  • Government, Decision Making and Public Services
  • Research Project

Learners will also undertake specialist units which are chosen, with a total credit value of 120 credits. These units can include:

  • The Global Environment
  • Public Service Activity Management
  • Aspects of Criminal Law for Public Services
  • Criminological Theory Relating to Crimes of Violence.

Course Leader profile

Peter Bolton

Before working in Higher Education my public service experience has been working with the Royal Navy for over twenty years, this experience has given me the insight to develop and support the HNC Public Services course, by sharing my experiences with the students bring an authenticity to the units that the course covers. I have a Graduateship in management and a certificate in education. I hold numerous adventures training qualifications that I gained as a joint services mountain leader (JSML) that I put to good use within the HNC and level 1, 2, &3 Public Services courses. 

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?

The course is delivered over two days, on site. 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 Unit 4 Managing Public Sector Finance Unit 5 Government, Decision-making and the Public Services Unit 6 Research Project Specialist units – choose units with a total credit value of 120 credits Unit 13 The Global Environment Unit 18 Public Service Activity Management Unit 25 Aspects of Criminal Law for Public Services Unit 15 Criminological theory relating to crimes of violence

Does the course lead to a qualification?

On successfully completing the course Learners will gain a nationally recognised qualification at level 5 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: L4L2
  • Institution Code: C01
  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Start Date: September 2018
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  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course Fees: £7000 per year. Please contact Student Services on 01422 399367 for further information. 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 & Professional Manager
  • Department Manager: Katie Walker


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

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