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HNC/HND Public Services 2017 Entry UCAS Code: 132R*


The HNC in Public Services course is designed for those seeking employment or those already in employment (eg Special Constable) within the public services who need to develop knowledge and skills required to meet the demand placed on the workforce to give successful performance.


The course includes a wide variety of subject areas and a key feature is the opportunity to carry out volunteer work experience within North Yorkshire Police, one day per week. There is a fitness improvement element to the study programme to help prospective applicants pass entry fitness tests. The provision includes a variety of visits to various Public Services as well as undertaking expeditions.

Learners can progress to the HND qualification in year 2 and explore in depth the skills required in the Management of the Public Services. If you successfully achieve the HND you can ‘top up’ your qualification to a full honours degree at university.

Both the HNC and HND give you a competitive advantage in your career progression, improving your promotion or employment opportunities.

Modules of Study Include:

Year 1
• Small-Scale Research Projects in Public Services
• Organisations and Behaviour
• Fair Treatment in Public Services
• Psychology of Human and Criminal Behaviour
• Crime Reduction and Community Safety
• Personal Outdoor Skills
• Employability Skills

Year 2
• Managing Public Sector Finance
• Government, Decision-Making and the Public Services
• Research Project
• Personal and Professional Development
• Technology and Public Services
• Work-Based Experience
• Criminology Theory Relating to Crimes of Violence

*subject to validation


Entry Requirements

For admission to Foundation Degree or HNC/HND courses (except Veterinary Nursing), students must have achieved  a grade C or above in a minimum of five GCSE subjects including English, Mathematics and Science or have passed suitable equivalents.  In addition, for admission onto FdSc programmes, students must have achieved a pass grade in a minimum of one ‘A2’ level subject (or equivalent) or have successfully completed an Extended/ National Diploma in a relevant subject area. Using the UCAS tariff system, a typical offer for admission to the FdSc would be a minimum 48 UCAS points**.

Some students will be invited to attend an interview at Askham Bryan College and places will be subject to a satisfactory reference. Equivalent qualifications may be considered.

**In line with the new UCAS tariff system for more information please visit


Further Study

Continue to higher degree study in a related subject or into employment within a public service organisation. 

Newton Rigg College,
CA11 0AH
01768 893400