Public Services HND

egg-timerFull Time
arrowLevel 5
calendar2 Years
pinLancaster & Morecambe College
Start date: 04/09/2022

This is a Full Time, one year course that is geared towards a career in the varied and challenging Uniformed Protective & Public Services. This course is usually taken after successful completion of the HNC Level 4 programme. Learners will usually be in college for two full days per week and will be expected to undertake regular home study. This course will develop their knowledge of public policies and how they are practically applied in UK Public Services.

Learners will also develop and enhance their knowledge of the standards and behaviours that underpin public service organisations which will prepare them for further study or employment. Engaging with LMC’s network of industry professionals allows students to continue building their own network of contacts in the public sector and further enhances their employability skills.

Learners will assess and evaluate their personal and vocational skills which are mapped to the requirements of employers in the UK Public Services including the Armed Forces, Police, Health, Prison and Fire & Rescue services amongst others.

On completion of the course you will receive a Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND in Public Services which is nationally recognised by employers, professional bodies, universities and colleges. The qualification prepares students for higher level careers in the Uniformed Protective Services and the public sector.

Entry Requirements

To study this course you will need one of the following:

  • HNC Level 4 in Public Services

  • A relevant qualification with a minimum of 64 UCAS points

  • Public Services Level 3 Extended Diploma at Merit/Pass/Pass or above

  • Relevant NVQ Level 3

  • Access Diploma

PLUS GCSE English and Maths at grade C/4 or higher. (Mature students without these qualifications are also encouraged to apply).

Before applying to this course, please read the mandatory Medical and Fitness Requirements

Course Activities

On this course you will study a range of practical and theoretical modules including:

  • Research Project

  • Reflective Professional Practice

  • International Institutions and Global Affairs

  • Blue Light Collaboration

  • Training, Coaching and Mentoring

  • Contemporary Sociology

  • Physical Activity, Health and Lifestyle

Learners will engage in a range of practical and theoretical assessment activities including: projects, practical sessions, assignments, case studies and portfolio presentations. These activities will enhance the learner’s presentation skills with delivery of their research project findings, which will also develop their communication and verbal skills.

As well as accessing work placement opportunities with a range of provider links who work with LMC to enhance industry experience & employability skills, HND Public Services students will also have the opportunity to go on European visits to Poland, Slovakia & Bulgaria to experience these countries’ cultural differences and learn how other nations manage their Public Services.

Learners will have a comprehensive tutorial programme which will deliver a range of sessions to support their personal development and life skills. These will include sessions such as Safe Drive Stay Alive, BRAVE, Lateral Thinking, UCAS, Drug and Alcohol Awareness and social issues in the community.

Industry Links

LMC Public Services has a vast array of industry links which enable students to learn and gain experience from industry professionals from a range of different Public Services. These include the Army Reserves at Alexandra Barracks, Army Outreach & Engagement Teams, RAF, Preston Crown Courts, Liverpool Maritime Museum & Border Police, Morecambe Fire & Rescue Service, Lancaster County Council and local support services amongst others.

LMC also work with Steven Jamieson from Lancaster Schools Sports Network Partnership to support and deliver a range of activity sessions to the local community. These links enable students to gain an excellent insight into aspects of what life would be like if they followed careers in these respective public service routes.

Progression Opportunities

Completing this course is the equivalent to completing the second year of a university degree. On successful completion of the HND Level 5, students will have the opportunity to progress on to a top-up degree with one of our partner institutions at University of Cumbria or University of Central Lancashire. Students can also gain employment in the Uniformed Protective Services or the public sector with the qualification they achieve.

The course is suitable for school leavers and adults who would like a career in one of Britain’s Uniformed Public Services:

  • The Police Service

  • Ambulance Service

  • The Fire and Rescue Service

  • Paramedics

  • UK Border Agency

  • HM Prison and Probation Service

  • HM Revenue and Customs

  • The British Army

  • The Royal Navy

  • The Royal Marines

  • The Royal Air Force

  • HM Courts and Tribunals Service

  • Ministry of Defence

You can discover all the opportunities available to you by exploring the full list of careers in the industry.


Before applying to this course, please read the mandatory Medical and Fitness Requirements

If you would like to apply for this course, please click 'Apply' in the top right, follow the steps, and our Admissions Team will be in touch with you.

For more information, advice and guidance please phone Student & Learning Services on 01524 521385 or 0800 306306 or email

Course code: A31188-A1A