A minimum of 64 UCAS points
This HND will develop you as a professional, self-reflecting individual who will be able to meet the demands of employers in the public services sector and adapt to a constantly changing world.
You will develop your skills and knowledge in a range of public services, such as, for example, local government, Civil Service, public administration,the armed forces, police force, fire and rescue services, ambulance, prison service and the charity and voluntary sector. Academic delivery will be supported and enhanced by extensive links with a range of employers from the public service sector.
Full-time: 2 years
What will I study?
This HND will develop you as a professional, self-reflecting individual who is able to meet the demands of employers in the public services sector and adapt to a constantly changing world. The qualification provides a route to further study and will enhance your career prospects.
You will study a range of topics from across the Public Services, supporting your academic studies with specialist input from the extensive links between the college and public service providers.
- Unit 1: Organisational Structures and Culture
- Unit 2: Mental Health and Wellbeing
- Unit 3: Equality, Diversity and Fair Treatment
- Unit 4: Public Services in Contemporary Society
- Unit 14: Crime and Substance Misuse
- Unit 15: Modern Warfare and Conflict
- Unit 22: Fitness Preparation and Testing
- Unit 27: Psychology of Behaviour
All level 4 modules must be successfully completed before a student can proceed to level 5. All modules are compulsory.
- Unit 29: Research Project (Pearson-Set)
- Unit 30: Reflective Professional Practice
- Unit 32: Serious and Organised Crime
- Unit 34: Theories of Crime
- Unit 45: Training, Coaching and Mentoring Techniques
- Unit 46: Aviation and Maritime Protection
- Unit 49: Applied Forensic Psychology
Academic study is comprised of a mix of lectures, supported by seminar workshops where knowledge will be applied to various case studies. Students will also undertake a number of visits to industry throughout the programme.
Class sizes will vary, core academic sessions will be delivered to the whole cohort, seminar sessions will be made up of smaller working groups.
All members of staff have an extensive background in the delivery of Public Services qualifications as well as individualised and personalised specialist knowledge in the modules they are delivering on the course.
Assessment of the course is innovative and may take many forms, including: essays, scientific reports, presentations, academic posters, seminar discussions, interviews, critical reviews, portfolios of evidence, practical competency assessments and examinations (end of year exams, multiple choice and short answer quizzes, and in class examinations)
The majority of assessment is by coursework. This takes a number of forms including portfolios, practical assessment and observation, presentations and academic posters.
Unit 4 is an externally set assessment, comprised of case studies and examinations. Unit 29 Research Project (Pearson-Set) is also an externally set unit. This comprises of guided research with the expectation of completion of research proposals and ethics forms when completing an individually chosen topic of research interest
Coursework is mostly submitted electronically through Turn-it-in. Students are given a clear grading form at the time the assignment is set to enable them to assess their own work prior to submission.
Work is marked, Internally verified and returned to the student in 4 working weeks.
Each course year has a module handbook (not each module).
Students will be able to access course timetables for that academic year form the start of their year in September.
In 2022-23 Level 4 students are expected to be in university for 3 days.
In 2022-23 Level 5 students are expected to be in university for 3 days.
- A minimum of 64 tariff points from A & AS levels
- Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) – MPP in Sport, Public Services or Adventure Sport
- Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) – MM in Sport, Public Services or Adventure Sport
- City & Guilds Level 3 Technical Advanced Extended Diploma (1080 – first awarded in 2019) – a minimum of grade MPP in in Sport, Public Services or Adventure Sport
- City & Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (720 – first awarded in 2019) – a minimum of grade MM in in Sport, Public Services or Adventure Sport
- Mature students (aged 21+) will be considered on an individual basis on their prior knowledge and experience. This may be assessed by interview, completion of coursework/essay or other methods. There may be a requirement for a formal qualification to be completed first e.g. Access to HE course.
- Top-up route to BA (Hons) in Outdoor Leadership or Adventure Sports or other related subject.
- Delivering Professional Development courses
- Work in multi-activity centres
- Teaching and developing young people
- Leading expeditions
- Coaching Adventure Sports Performance
- Environmental Education/Field Studies
As a Higher Education student you will have two main costs to meet; your tuition fees and living costs.
Our full-time tuition fees for UK and EU students, entering University, can be found on the student finance page. These fees are charged for each academic year of a course and are set by the college annually.
If you are an international student or for the latest information on tuition fees visit the student finance page on our website.
Additional qualifications in Security and Conflict Resolution will be available at an additional cost.
The majority of industry visits will be included in the course fees, however learners will be able to access additional study tour opportunities, such as visits to Berlin or Normandy with the Royal British Legion at an additional cost.
- Textbooks (approximately £40 per book if purchased)
- Stationery (approximately £30)
Prices of equipment are subject to change dependent on retailer.
University Centre Reaseheath is committed to providing additional financial support to those who need it. To find out about the bursary schemes available visit the additional financial support pages on our website.
All Higher Education students are given the opportunity to apply for residential accommodation. First year students are guaranteed accommodation and this offer is made to all applicants who live more than a reasonable daily travelling distance from Reaseheath and who apply before 31st July of the year they intend to start their course. For full details on our halls of residence visit the accommodation pages.
We have a team of dedicated professionals on hand to offer you support when and if you need it during your time with us. These include our Student Services team, Higher Education Support Team (HEST), Library and Learning Resources and the Reaseheath Careers Service. You will find more information on the support provided at Reaseheath here.
Before you apply you can come and visit us at one of our HE Open Events to see what we have to offer. Once we have received your application we will invite you to attend an Offer Holder Day.
Applications for full-time Degrees and Foundation Degrees are made through UCAS. Applications for all other full-time courses such as Access to HE and Level 4 Diplomas should be made directly to Reaseheath via the online application form. You can find out more here.
For students to get the best out of their time at University Centre Reaseheath, we must both recognise that we owe obligations to each other. These obligations are set out in our Higher Education Student Contract. Before you accept an offer of a place at University Centre Reaseheath, it is important that you read these contract conditions. If you are going to be living in Halls of Residence, you will also need to read the Student Accommodation Licence Conditions. Both of these contracts can be found here.