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Public Services Higher National Certificate – C5278

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Course Overview

Do you want to work as a public service agent? Either the fire service, police, royal air force or the army, this is the course for you. This is a natural progression from the level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Public Services. All delivery staff have significant experience within the public services or are subject area specialists. There may be opportunities to complete projects overseas, working with educational establishments in the host country.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

This course will consist of a number of mandatory units these are, small scale research projects in Public Services, Organisations and Behaviour, and Fair Treatment in Public Services. A number of optional units have been chosen that relate to Criminal Behaviour, the Justice System and Crime Reduction. However PEARSON the awarding body is in the process of updating the qualification so these might not be the exact units.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry to this course requires a minimum of 48 UCAS points from a recognised level 3 qualification in a related subject (i.e. two A2s at grade D, extended diploma PPP, or an Access to HE). You are expected to hold GCSE English and maths at grade 4 or equivalent. We welcome applicants who do not match standard entry requirements but who can demonstrate the ability to study this subject at university level and who can evidence relevant experience.

How you will be assessed

Assessments will be carried out in a number of methods ranging from externally-set papers, to presentations, essays and practical tasks that involve reflection and analysis.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Total Fees: £6165.00


If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

For more information, please see our course fee disclaimers page.

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Course and Career progression

Successful completion of this programme will enable you to apply to a top-up degree (depending on the entry requirements of your chosen institution). It may be possible to progress onto the third year of study to gain a BA Honours degree in Public Service Management. Alternatively, you may wish to look at entering employment within the public services.

What Happens Next

Applications must be made through the College website, institution code L36. The course code is L430. Due to the nature of this programme, you may also be invited to attend an interview or audition. Where necessary, other means of interview/audition (i.e. telephone, web-based, CD/DVD) can be arranged.

Please apply via the College website homepage ‘Apply’ icon of visit: https://apply.lec.ac.uk/ftabs/application.php

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