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HND in Public Services

Bournville College (merged with South & City College Birmingham)
Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
Study mode
2 years
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Entry Requirements

  • Applicants must have a Level 3 qualification to obtain entry onto the course with a minimum of 240 UCAS points. As well as this, all applicants must possess a Level 2 maths and English Language qualification, (i.e. Grade C or above at GCSE). All applicants must provide an academic reference.


This course seeks to develop the skills and personal qualities of students in preparation for a career in the public services. It focuses on core legal, political and financial facets that directly impact public service personnel as well as looking at human behaviour and its influence. It also covers criminal behaviour and theory as to where criminal behaviour derives from as well as the growing problem of substance misuse.

In addition, this qualification seeks to develop students’ personal health and fitness in preparation for undertaking assessments for entry into the public services and develops their overall understanding of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. As well as this, students will look at working and undertaking activities in an outdoor setting.

Year 1 Modules

  • Small-scale research project
  • Organisations and behaviour
  • Fair treatment and the public services
  • Psychology of human and criminal behaviour
  • Substance misuse, culture and crime
  • Aspects of criminal law
  • Training and fitness for sport and exercise
  • Personal outdoor skills

Year 2 Modules

  • Government, decision making and the public services
  • Personal and professional development
  • Managing public sector finance
  • Research project
  • The global environment
  • Criminological theories in relation to crimes of violence

Assessment methods are varied and will include a combination of written reports, presentations, practical assessments and lectures.

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