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What can I do after completing the HND Public Services?

Jul 14, 2017 | General| DGHE News| Events

The HND in Public Services, besides uniformed roles in the public and emergency services (police, fire, ambulance, army, etc.) also encompasses non-uniformed roles. From the Office for National Statistics (ONS) data we know that more than five million individuals are working in public sector jobs – so clearly there are many opportunities for employment in this area. This could involve working out in the community or in an office based environment, working with the general public or behind the scenes. The majority of roles will be working for statutory organisations. Some examples are as follows:




Criminal Justice

There are three key areas that the HND can equip you for in gaining employment within the Criminal Justice sector:

Client-facing support roles;

Intelligence and investigation, law and custodial roles;

Forensic roles.

There are various types of employer and different sub-groups within these areas, such as:

Youth offending;

Substance and addiction;

Criminal analysis;

Digital forensic analysis;

Fraud investigation;

Intelligence Analyst/Researcher with financial agencies and banks.

Roles utilise analytical, planning and project management skills to, for example, identify crime trends and patterns, develop strategies to reduce criminal financial activity and coordinate projects designed to work with communities to reduce emergency situations. 

Crime analyst roles

Crime analysts would also work directly to support police investigations, analysing for example, communications between suspects. Trainee Intelligence opportunities, suitable for graduates, are sometimes available with organisations such as the Security Services (MI5 and SIS); the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC); and the National Crime Agency (NCA).

  • Police offers a Graduate Leadership Programme (see below), recruitment takes place on an annual basis in the autumn term to start the following year.
  • The Metropolitan Police have recently become the first force to offer a direct entry route to the role of Detective Constable.
  • Fraud Investigation roles may be available in a range of government departments e.g. HM Revenues and Customs, Department for Work and Pensions and the Serious Fraud Office. Local authorities and commercial organisations including finance and retail organisations may also employ fraud investigation officers.
  • The Ministry of Justice runs a NOMS Graduate Programme (see below), providing a fast-track route into prison leadership roles. Recruitment for the programme usually opens in October/November to start the following year.

Forensic roles

Forensic scientists undertake the scientific analysis of samples taken at crime scenes. For these opportunities a relevant science background is required. Other roles in this field, such as Scenes of Crime Officers, who are responsible for collecting and recording samples at crime scenes, may come from a variety of backgrounds. There has been a growth in opportunities related to digital forensic analysis, and these opportunities may require a related degree, e.g. computer science.

  • Following the closure of the Forensic Science Service, individual police forces are responsible for managing their own scientific analysis. Most forces will outsource this work to a range of commercial providers, such as Cellmark and LGC.
  • For forensic science jobs, gaining laboratory based experience in another environment will be beneficial.
  • Scenes of Crime Officers will often be employed by police forces, but may also be outsourced.
  • A wide range of organisations employ specialists within the field of digital forensic analysis. Police forces may directly employ people within these roles, or outsource the work to commercial service providers. Opportunities may also exist within the security services and with commercial organisations, for example within the financial sector. 

The range of employers who recruit in these areas includes:

  • National Probation Service
  • Community Rehabilitation Companies
  • Charities and NGOs
  • Police Services
  • MI5 & MI6
  • Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC)
  • National Crime Agency (NCA)
  • Government departments including HM Revenues and Customs and the Serious Fraud Office
  • Commercial scientific analysis providers such as Cellmark and LGC
  • LRF and community resilience organisations such as UN, Red Cross RSPCA and NHS/Local Councils

Employers who routinely recruit from HND graduates include:

  • Police Now - Offers a fast-track, two year Graduate Leadership Programme for those graduating with a 2:1 or above.
  • Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences - The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences' site includes sections on careers and jobs.
  • RedSnapperGroup - Staffing services provider for law enforcement, offender supervision, regulatory enforcement and counter-fraud work communities G4S Security.
  • National Offender Management Service - Provides further information on the recruitment process, eligibility, application process and a link to current vacancies for Prison Officers.
  • National Offender Management Programme - Ministry of Justice run fast-track programme to leadership roles within prisons.
  • National Probation Service - Offers specific information on Probation Officer training opportunities.
  • Backstop - Specialist recruitment agency with jobs within probation, youth offending and social work.
  • Criminal Justice Skills - Probation, prison, youth offending and third sector rehabilitation specialist. 

Security Sector, Third Sector, Emergency Planning Sector

The Security Sector welcomes HND graduates whose knowledge of H&S and Equality and Technology are a significant attraction, and the Third sector is welcomed for operational and managerial roles.  The Emergency Planning sector within local government and NHS is seen as a crucial part of a multi-agency team and the Public Services HND will give you all the skills required for employment in this role, from formal emergency planning procedures, the political situation and global influence on policy and finance. 


The HND course at David Game College will open doors to employment or graduate opportunities in many organisations that require a knowledge of legislation and procedures that have a direct influence on customers and communities.