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Pearson BTEC HND Diploma Level 5 Public Services

(with pathway options: Civil Protection, Crime and Criminal Justice or Standard Public Services)

Course Structure

This course is designed to meet the needs of students wishing to pursue a career in Public and Emergency Services – The Police, Fire Service, Ambulance Service, Prison Service, Armed Forces, Customs and Excise, Emergency Planning - Security Services, Public Health and Criminal Justice support agencies. You will develop a firm understanding about major incidents, human psychology and sociology, diversity, criminology health & safety and your own personal efficiency and development in all situations where public services are employed.

The Edexcel BTEC Level 4 & 5 HNC/D in Public Services provides a specialist, work-related programme of study that covers the key knowledge, understanding and practical skills required in the Public Services sector and also offers particular emphasis through the choice of specialist units tailored in year 1 & 2 to your chosen careers pathway.

At the end of your course you will have a recognised qualification which will definitive pathways for employment in the public services and other careers that require a disciplined but caring approach. On successful completion of the HND, you may be able to complete a second or third ‘top-up’ year of a suitable degree at another institution or graduate entry to selective institutions. There are opportunities for further study and career options: The course provides a nationally recognised qualification offering career progression and professional development for those already in employment or wishing to seek public sector employment.

The course will provide:

  • in depth study of a wide range of public service operations
  • opportunities to find out about jobs available in these services and prepare yourself for their entry procedures
  • regular contact with public service workers and visits to public service providers
  • practical assignments and projects directly related to the contemporary public service scene
  • practical work on community projects

 

+ Civil Protection Pathway

 

Year 1

Level

Credit

Organisational Structure and Culture

15 

Mental Health

4

15

Equality and Diversity

4

15

Public Services in Contemporary Society

4

15

Integrated Emergency Management

4

15

Law and Legal Systems

4

15

Third sector and Public Services

4

15

Psychology of Behaviour

4 15

 

Total Credits

 

 

 120

 

Year 2

Level

Credit

Research Project

30 

Reflective Professional Practice

5

15

Youth Offending

5

15

Contemporary Sociological Issues

5

15

Offender Management

5

15

International Institutions and Global Affairs

5

15

Serious and Organised Crime

5

15

 

Total Credits

 

 

120

     


 

+ Crime and Criminal Justice Pathway

 

Year 1

Level

Credit

Organisational Structure and Culture

15 

Mental Health

4

15

Equality and Diversity

4

15

Public Services in Contemporary Society

4

15

Integrated Emergency Management

4

15

Law and Legal Systems

4

15

Third sector and Public Services

4

15

Psychology of Behaviour

4 15

 

Total Credits

 

 

 120

 

 

Year 2

Level

Credit

Research Project

30 

Reflective Professional Practice

5

15

Youth Offending

5

15

Contemporary Sociological Issues

5

15

Offender Management

5

15

Justice, Punishment and Rehabilitation

5

15

Theories of  Crime

5

15

 

Total Credits

 

 

120

     

+ Standard Public Services Pathway

 

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Year 1

Level

Credit

Organisational Structure and Culture

15 

Mental Health

4

15

Equality and Diversity

4

15

Public Services in Contemporary Society

4

15

Integrated Emergency Management

4

15

Law and Legal Systems

4

15

Third sector and Public Services

4

15

Psychology of Behaviour

4 15

 

Total Credits

 

 

 120

 

Year 2

Level

Credit

Research Project

30 

Reflective Professional Practice

5

15

Youth Offending

5

15

Contemporary Sociological Issues

5

15

Offender Management

5

15

PATHWAY OPTION (one module choice)

 

Credit

International Institutions and Global Affairs

5

15

Serious and Organised Crime

5

15

PATHWAY OPTION (one module choice)

 

Credit

Justice, Punishment and Rehabilitation

5

15

Theories of Crime

5

15

 

Total Credits

 

 

120

     


+ Assessment

 

To gain the HND each module must be successfully completed. Assessment is by a combination of coursework, assignments, projects or an examination. All assessments are externally verified by Pearson.

Most units on the BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) level courses are worth 15 UK credits. Students will be expected to commit at least 150 notional hours towards completing the learning outcomes per unit. This usually consists of a combination of around 60% direct teaching time and around 40% independent study time (e.g. preparations for research and assessments, background reading, etc.).

+ Entry Requirements

UK and EU students:

  • A level standard or overseas equivalent
  • Mature students (21+) with relevant experience
  • Other UK level 3 qualifications (e.g. Foundation Diploma, Access to HE Certificate, a BTEC National, Advanced GNVQ or AVCE)

Note: DGHE will not be recruiting international students under the Tier 4 student visa system during the 2018/19 and 2019/20 academic years.

Overseas learners must show proficiency in the English language and have an appropriate qualification equivalent to IELTS 5.5

Restrictions on Learner Entry

The BTEC Level 5 qualifications are accredited on the QCF or RQF for learners aged 18 years and over

+ Admissions Process

The College will ensure that entry requirements are applied in accordance with institutional policy and that the admissions process will take the following format.

Step 1: Apply

Step 2: Upload Documents

All applicants must upload the following documents on the portal:

  • Examination transcripts (English translation where necessary), or notarised copies and English Language examination transcripts (where applicable)
  • Your CV
  • A copy of your passport
  • A 300-500 word personal statement outlining the reasons for applying to your chosen programme, how you feel you will benefit from the programme of study, what contributions you will make to the College and how this will help your future career aspirations
  • Photo (Passport style picture)

Note: If you are not able to submit the documents online you can bring them into the college and a staff member can do it on your behalf. If requested, applicants must provide two references in support of their suitability for the programme.

Step 3: Arrange an Interview

  • Applicants will be subject to a personal interview where possible either by a member of the admissions team or approved agency (where this is not possible acceptance will be based on the information contained in the application form and any supporting documents)
  • Arrange an appointment to visit DGHE to present certain original documents and attend an interview. You can do this via email admissions@dghe.ac.uk or via telephone 02032200347
  • Applications can also be submitted in person at our DGHE campus
    Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm.

Note: All applicants must present original examination transcripts on the interview day.

Step 4: Internal English Test

Applicants whose first language is not English, with no formal or recognised qualification, will be required to take the DGHE English Entry test to determine whether their level of English is appropriate for the course applied. The level required for entry onto the HND is typically an IELTS 5.5 or above.

Step 5: Accepting your Offer

  • Selection will be in the light of previous qualifications, past experience, and future aspirations
  • If your interview is successful, you will then receive an email with an offer letter for your course which must be accepted within 7 days.

Note: Closer to the start of the course, the Admissions Team will send information regarding the induction day and timetable.

 

+ Progression/Recognition

The skills you will learn from this course will enable you to:

  • Pursue a career in the police service, armed forces, fire service, prison service, revenue and customs and security
  • Progress on to a higher education programme

A key progression path for BTEC HND learners is to the second or third year of a degree or honours degree programme, depending on the match of units to the degree programme in question. To see who accepts the HND for progression please see the Pearson website.

Student case studies (HND Public Services) from our partner college – New College Swindon

+ Tutition Fee

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Students on this course may be fully funded by the Student Loan Company. This facility is only available to UK and other European Union students. For more information, please contact the admissions team at info@dghe.ac.uk or T: 0203 220 0347

+ HNC

The HNC consists of the first year of the HND (i.e. 120 credits at Level 4 Higher National Certificate). Please enquire today if you want to study for the HNC programme; the start dates are as per the HND.