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Higher Nationals in Public Services

Overview
This course is designed for you if you would like to work within a public sector organisation and it will have an emphasis on the working practices of a variety of public services. During this course you will also investigate how sociology and psychology impact on public services. The aim of the course is to develop a sound understanding of the major theoretical and practical principles associated with working in the public sector. A significant focus is placed on the skills required for effective communication, self-development and career progression. If you are looking to pursue a career in the public services or you are currently employed in a public service or related environment and wish to combine work with study to develop your skills and knowledge to enhance your career prospects then this course may be for you. This course will draw on a range of industry links and local employers to provide you with extensive public service experience. Work placements are required during the second year of the programme to provide direct industry experience in an area of your choice, developing and enhancing your employment prospects.

Entry Requirements
You will typically have one of the following;
• A BTEC Level 3 or other Level 3 qualification in a related subject with at least one merit in the final grade profile.
• A minimum of 2 A Levels with one in a related subject at grade C or above
• Access to HE with relevant options
• Extensive relevant work experience - mature learners who have extensive work experience and/or professional qualifications in a related industry are welcome to apply
You will also;
• Be aged 18 or over
• Have achieved Maths and English at GCSE Grade A*-C (Grade 9-4) or Functional Skills Level 2
• Be in some form of employment or engaged in voluntary work as some of the units will draw on your experience in the workplace.

If you do not hold GCSE maths and English at grade C (Grade 4-5) or above then it is strongly recommended that you study these before starting on a Higher National programme, both to support your study and to allow you to progress to university*.

Following your application to study this course you will be invited to attend an admissions interview with a member of the teaching team to discuss the course and its requirements further.

Content
You will study a range of units throughout the two years for the BTEC HND in Public Services. Mandatory units will provide a general foundation and specialist units will introduce you to particular public service topics in more depth.

The units for the HNC include;
* Small-scale research projects in public services
* Psychology of human and criminal behaviour
* Organisations and behaviour
* Technology in the public services

The units for the HND include:
* Substance misuse, culture and crime
* Work based experience
* Personal and professional development
* The global environment

Assessment
Assessment activities have been carefully designed alongside employers in the public services to ensure they meet industry needs and relate to professional practice within a range of settings. The assessments include written assessments, portfolio work, presentations and field studies. All units will be individually graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Awarding Body
Pearson BTEC

Duration
This is a full-time course for two academic years. You will be required to attend the College for a minimum of 12 hrs per week.

Follow up courses/Progression
You can apply to university to complete a degree in a related subject; entry to the degree may be at year 2 or year 3 dependent upon the university and degree programme.


Course information code: PSE-01-17  

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