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Pearson BTEC HND Diploma Level 5 Public Services (with a Crime and Criminal Justice specialist pathway)

Course Structure

This course is designed to meet the needs of students wishing to pursue a career in the Public Services sector, most notably the Police Service, Criminal Intelligence, Major Crime Investigation, Crime Analytics, Justice Services such as in Probation / Youth Justice, Security Services Personnel and other Criminal Justice support agencies. You will develop a firm understanding of the Justice system and criminology, human psychology and sociology, diversity, health & safety and your own personal efficiency and development in all situations where crime and criminal services specialists are employed.

The Pearson 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 for the Public Services sector.

There are opportunities for further study and career options. 

At the end of your course, you will have a recognised qualification which will aid progression into employment in the public services with a particular focus on crime and criminal justice along with other careers that require a disciplined but caring approach. It also offers career progression and professional development for those already in employment.

On successful completion of the HND, there is an opportunity to complete a third year ‘top-up’ with us studying a level 6 BSc (Hons) Criminology & Criminal Justice programme which is delivered in partnership with the University of Gloucestershire. Alternatively, the HND could lead you onto a suitable degree at another provider or graduate entry to selective institutions.

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

 

YEAR 1

Pearson BTEC HND Diploma Level 5 Public Services (with a Crime and Criminal Justice specialist pathway)

Units

Level

Credit

Organisational Structure and Culture

15 

Mental Health

4

15

Equality and Diversity

4

15

Public Services in Contemporary Society

 4

15 

Crime Reduction & Community Safety

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 

Pearson BTEC HND Diploma Level 5 Public Services (with a Crime and Criminal Justice specialist pathway)

Units

Level

Credit

Research Project

5

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

 

+ Entry Requirements

 

UK and EU students:

  • A level standard or overseas equivalent
  • Other UK level 3 qualifications (e.g. Foundation Diploma, Access to HE Certificate, a BTEC Diploma/National, Advanced GNVQ or AVCE)
  • Overseas Qualifications equivalent to Level 3 (e.g. Diploma de Baccalaureate, Brandos Atestas, Ensino Medio,etc )

* In exceptional circumstances, mature entry applicants (21+) without the standard academic background, but with relevant and substantial work experience (min 2 years), may be considered for entry. They will be interviewed by the Head of Admissions, undergo functional skills testing and will be required to submit two detailed references in support of their suitability for the programme. Such applicants must be able to demonstrate their readiness for a return to study and ability to cope with the rigours of the programme. Admissions decisions will be made on a case by case basis.
 
English Language Requirements: 
Applicants for undergraduate programmes whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English sufficient for them to derive full benefit from and succeed in passing their chosen programme. The level required for entry onto the HND is typically an overall score of IELTS 5.5 or above.
 
Restrictions on learner entry: 
The BTEC Higher National qualifications are accredited on the 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 
  • Proof of Address (e.g Bank Statement, household utility bill, current UK driving licence)
  • 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)
  • Employment reference letter (if applicable)

 

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. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application after completing steps 1, 2,3 and 4, on the assessment day.
 
If the application is successful, the applicant will be sent a formal ‘Unconditional Offer’ letter via email. Once the applicant accepts the offer, they are entering into a legal contractual agreement with the College.
 
conditional offer’ can be issued to an applicant with one or more outstanding conditions to be met. These can include for example, passing an English language test or providing an original copy of evidence referred to in their application form. After such conditions are met, the College will issue the Unconditional Offer letter.   
 
Note: Closer to the start of the course, the Admissions Team will send information regarding the induction day and timetable. 

 

+ Course Specifications

Campus Name: David Game College

Course Duration: Two years, full time

Course Delivery: Two days per week or; 2 evenings and Saturdays

Course Fees: £6000 (Student Loans available)

Course Start Date:  10th May 2021

Awarding Body: Pearson

Note: UK/EU students may be eligible for study loans/grants from the Student Loans Company. This support can help finance both your studies and day-to-day living expenses (depending on the course level). You can find more information related to Student Finance and EU students by visiting the corresponding links. For more information, please contact the admissions team at info@dghe.ac.uk or T: 0203 220 0347

 

+ 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.).

+ Progression

On successful completion of the Level 5 course, students are entitled to continue their studies at the university level. Through a collaborative agreement with the University of Gloucestershire, HND graduates will be able to continue with their studies at DGHE Centre to study the Top-up in Criminology & Criminal Justice. For a comprehensive list of universities that offers for other the top-up degrees pathways, please find out more here degreecoursefinder.pearson.com

+ Careers

On successful completion of this 2 year course, students will have strong career prospects in diverse areas of the Public Sector including:

  • Police officer
  • Major crime investigator
  • Criminal Intelligence analyst
  • Scenes of crime
  • Crime analyst
  • Detention officer
  • Justice Services (youth justice/ probation officer) 
  • Security services personnel
  • Prison Officer

+ 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.

 

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Last updated: 03/05/21