Public Services HNC Level 4

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    September 2019


The Pearson BTEC Level 4 Public Services (HNC) is the equivalent to the 1st year of a University Degree and provides a specialist programme of study that covers the technical knowledge, understanding and practical skills relevant to careers in the public services sector.

This is a work-related qualification for students taking their first steps into employment, or for those already in employment and seeking career development opportunities. The purpose of BTEC Higher Nationals in Public Services is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the public services sector and adapt to a constantly changing world. The qualification aims to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects.

What will I do?

This Level 4 Public Services HNC is made up of four core units and several specialist units and optional units may include.

Core units:

  • 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 (Pearson-set)

Specialist Units

Civil Protective Services

  • Unit 5: Integrated Emergency Management

Crime and Criminal Justice

  • Unit 7: Law and Legal Systems

Optional Units:

  • Unit 22: Fitness Preparation and Testing
  • Unit 27: Psychology of Behaviour

The entry qualifications for the Level 4 Public Services (HNC) are an MMP profile (minimum 80 new UCAS points) other related level qualifications such as an Access to Higher Education Diploma are also accepted.

You will also need a grade 4 or above (Old GCSE grade C or above) in English and Maths (e.g. GCSE or Functional Skills) and/or minimum IELTS score 6.

Individual cases will be considered.

The Public Services HNC will take you one year to complete. You will attend College 2 days per week plus independent study.

The Public Services HNC will cost you £5500.

Fees may vary depending on personal circumstances, please enquire for further information.

You can apply for a student loan to cover the costs of course fees. You may also be able to apply for various grants and loans to support your learning. Specific advice regarding student loans and other benefits can be obtained from

The careers team based in College can also assist your application. Please contact them via the Information Line on 01205 313218

International and EU Students, please contact the International Office on +44 (0)1205 313212 or for details on fees.

Please note that all fees are subject to change.

The assessment of Pearson's Higher National qualifications are criterion-referenced and you will provide evidence in the form of assignments which are assessed against the unit learning outcomes and assessment criteria.

All units are individually graded as a pass, merit or distinction. A pass is awarded for the achievement of all outcomes against the specified assessment criteria. Merit and distinction grades are awarded for higher level achievement.

This qualification is highly valued by employers and can lead to careers in the public services. A key progression path for HNC learners is to the second or third year of a degree or honours degree programme depending on the degree in question.

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