Higher National Diploma (HND) in
Public Services

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Developed in collaboration with industry professionals, this two-year course is designed for individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in public services. This full-time course will prepare you for a diverse range of career opportunities, including professions within the Armed Forces, Police, Fire, Prison, and NHS Ambulance Services, as well as the Civil Service and Crown Prosecution Service.

Course Content

The HND in Public Services is a vocational programme, providing you with a firm grounding in the key concepts of management and leadership. Comprising a range of core and optional modules, you will gain an understanding of the governmental, sociological and psychological aspects of a career in public services, and how they relate to professional practice. Providing the foundations for further study or employment, this HND offers you the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and related skills through a combination of theoretical study and practical experience. The programme considers practical experience, including various outdoor excursions, to be an equally integral part of your learning, alongside classroom-based study. This multifaceted approach enables you to not only develop your leadership skills in the classroom but also to apply them in the field.


Year 1
  • Small Scale Research Project
  • Custodial Care in England & Wales
  • Fair Treatment in Public Services
  • Organisations and Behaviour
  • Justice and Punishment
  • Emergency Planning and the Public Services
  • Human Resources in the Public Services
  • Psychology of Human and Criminal Resources
Year 2
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Government, Decision Making and the Public Services
  • Managing Public Services Finance
  • Research Project
  • Aspects of Criminal Law for Public Services
  • The Global Environment
  • Employability Skills
  • Research Project


Our Public Services teaching staff are experts in their respective fields, each having gained considerable practical experience in the subjects that they teach. Throughout the course, you will receive high levels of support from a dedicated academic tutor, and may have opportunities to study additional qualifications.

Entry Requirements

  • Minimum of 32 UCAS points

UCAS Code: L435

Progression Opportunities

 Career progression can be rapid for those with the relevant qualifications and, upon completion of this course, you will have the necessary skills to enter various divisions of the public services. There is the potential to gain rewarding employment posts within the Armed Forces, Police, Fire, Prison, and NHS Ambulance Services, as well as the Civil Service and Crown Prosecution Service, to name a few. Past graduates have also progressed onto final-year BA (Hons) Public Services Management degree programmes at Loughborough College, or have continued their studies at other institutions.


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Key Facts



Course Duration:

2 Years

UCAS Code:


College Course Code:

  • 18/19TFK5341
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