HNC Public Services | NSCG - Newcastle & Stafford Colleges Group
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Course overview

This course runs at Stafford College.

The HNC Public Services course is taught by experienced industry professionals and the aim of the course is to develop your theoretical and practical knowledge of the Public Services. This can lead to subsequent studies in higher education institutions or employment in the Public Services’ sector.
The HNC course is made up of units at Level 4, with credits awarded for each unit. These units are:
• Organisational structures and culture
• Mental Health and Wellbeing
• Equality, Diversity and Fair Treatment
• Public services in contemporary society

Units that make up a general pathway of study:
• Crime Reduction and Community Safety
• Third Sector and the Public Services
• Counter Terrorism
• Psychology of Behaviour

In addition to the course it is recommended that you seek out other relevant work experience and qualifications that will help you gain employment.
The College can provide assistance in finding suitable qualifications and you will also receive advice and guidance on applying to study at University for a BA (Hons) degree in Policing and Intelligence at Wolverhampton University on a ‘top-up’ year.

What else do I need to know?

The course is a full-time academic programme. The HNC takes one year to complete. You will study three units in semester 1(Sept–Jan) and three units in semester 2 (Feb–June) with one unit running throughout the year.

What are the entry requirements?

Typically, you'll need a relevant Level 3 qualification and at least 4 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above (including English and mathematics). You must have 64 UCAS points. All students will be interviewed and assessed individually.

How is it assessed?

The course is accredited by BTEC. There is no final written examination as you achieve your qualification through continuous assessment. This involves carrying out assignments, project work, case studies and practical based assessments in which you collect evidence of your competence until you have gained a Pass grade in all units and skills. If your work is outstanding you may be awarded an overall Merit or Distinction grade. It is imperative that all units are achieved on the programme in order to be awarded the qualification.

What financial support is on offer?

There are two types of loans to help students cover the costs of their higher education course in college: tuition fee loans and living cost loans (also called maintenance loans). You pay these loans back when you finish your course and earn over £26,575. If you earn less than that, you won’t have to repay anything. If you’re earning more than that, we’ll work out your repayments at 9% of your income over that amount. Maintenance loans are only available to students studying on a full-time basis. They are not available for students studying on a part-time basis. For full details visit

What can I do next?

After successful completion of the HNC course you can move onto the second year which is the HND. Following completion you can progress onto a ‘top-up’ degree at Wolverhampton University in Policing and Intelligence. Alternatively you can progress directly into employment in a variety of careers in the uniformed and non-uniformed public services.

How do I find out more?

Attend one of our virtual or on campus open evenings. You can make an application and be invited into a welcome evening for an interview or alternatively feel free to email Marie Myatt on

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