Public Services - HNC (Edexcel)
Qualification Obtained: BTEC HNC Diploma in Public Services (QCF)
Public Services careers studying in Blackpool at a QAA commended establishment, in one of the busiest towns in the United Kingdom is exciting. Excellent vocational and graduate skills undertaking the Higher National Certificate in Public Services will serve you well, it is a vocationally based qualification aimed at students who wish to pursue careers in a range of uniformed and non-uniformed, public services. The programme aims to set graduates up for careers in the Police Service, Ambulance Service, Fire Brigade, Prison Service, Customs and Excise, Paramedics and the Armed Forces. This course being unique and diverse in nature also encourages career opportunities within the non-uniformed public sector, embracing multi-agency partnerships and collaborative working relationships. Due to the nature of the course, students will be equipped with the necessary skills and attributes to be successful in a variety of public sector job roles, opening up a range of career pathways such as working for Blackpool Council, Criminal Justice Agencies, Social Services, the National Offender Management Service and the Youth Offending Team.
Course Entry Requirements
A minimum of 120 UCAS points (excluding functional skills). We also welcome applications from those with relevant work experience in lieu of the minimum entry requirements.
2017 Entry Requirements
A new UCAS Tariff will be used for courses starting from September 2017, the new entry requirements are as follows;
A minimum of 48 UCAS points (previously 120) or an equivalent qualification. Applicants who are able to demonstrate relevant work/life skills or knowledge will also be considered on an individual basis.
Career Options and Progression
The programme provides the knowledge, understanding and skills required for employment in the Uniformed and non-uniformed Public Services, both in the UK and overseas. It would equally suit those who are new to this area as those already employed in less rewarding careers to upskill themselves. Successful graduates will be able to embark on careers in the Police, Fire Service, Armed Forces, Revenue and Customs, and the Civil Service and many more or alternatively continue their studies on our Foundation Degree in Public Service and BA Public Services degree (Subject to validation with Lancaster University)a, a level 6 qualification which prepares future managers for the Public Services.
Modules and Assessment
Students will study a range of theoretical models which underpin the curriculum and provide the basis for developing the essential practical skills required within the public sector.
1 Small-Scale Research Projects in Public Services - 15 credits
2 Organisations and Behaviour - 15 credits
3 Fair Treatment in Public Services - 15 credits
9 Sociological Aspects of the Public Services in Contemporary Society - 20 credits
13 The Global Environment - 20 credits
15 Crime Reduction and Community Safety - 15 credits
17 Emergency Planning and the Public Services - 20 credits
Assessment methods include oral presentations, essays, practical skills assessments, briefing papers, reports and portfolios mainly split between two separate assessments to meet individual learning styles and to offer variety for each module of study.
There are no exams; assessment is 100% coursework-based throughout the duration of the course.
Teaching and Learning Methods
A variety of learning techniques are used, underpinned by both group and individual work. In addition to lectures, where key concepts are covered, workshops and debates are included in the HNC to develop confidence and creativity.
The College’s online learning provision, ‘Moodle’, allows you to access lecture material, contact tutors, submit and gain feedback on assignments and contribute to topical debates by interacting on public forums.
The percentage weighting of lectures and seminars versus independent study is as follows:
Year 1: lectures and seminars 30% / independent study 70%
Year 2: lectures and seminars 27% / independent study 73%
Work Placement and Field Trips
There is no work placement included in this course, however there are a number of work experience opportunities within the public service organisations on a full-day or a half-day basis. There are also opportunities to participate in shadowing exercises within the sector with a view to applying to become a volunteer within the organisation.
This programme has excellent employer links which enables students to visit the public services to gain vocational experience and a wealth of guest speakers visit the university to share their experience and knowledge./ visit- =
All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant vocational and industrial experience and professional practice.
Read our tuition fees guide.
Work Placement / Sector Visits:This may incur travel costs, however work placement are arranged by the student so costs will vary depending on where the placement is arranged.
You should be aware that there may be additional costs to consider such as optional educational visits and photocopying/printing.
All resources are available at B&FC and are not required to be purchased by the student.
Regulation and Accreditation
This programme is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)
Terms and Conditions
Read our full terms and conditions for more information.
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