BTEC HND Public Services

This course is designed to meet the needs of students wishing to pursue a career in the Public Services sector, most notably the Police Service, Criminal Intelligence, Major Crime Investigation, Crime Analytics, Justice Services such as in Probation / Youth Justice, Security Services Personnel and other Criminal Justice support agencies.

Course details

You will develop a firm understanding of the Justice system and criminology, human psychology and sociology, diversity, health & safety and your own personal efficiency and development in all situations where crime and criminal services specialists are employed.
  • Higher National Diploma (HND)
  • Mode of study: Full-time Blended learning
  • Intake: Intakes: January, May & September
  • Course length: 2 years
  • Course fee: 6000 per year
  • Locations: London

Plymouth University

Course overview

On successful completion of the HND, there is an opportunity to complete a third-year‘ top-up’ with us studying a level 6 BSc (Hons) Criminology & Criminal Justice programme which is delivered in partnership with the University of Gloucestershire. Alternatively, the HND could lead you onto a suitable degree at another provider or graduate entry to selective institutions.


Entry requirements

A level standard or overseas equivalent Other UK level 3 qualifications (e.g. Foundation Diploma, Access to HE Certificate, a BTEC Diploma/National, Advanced GNVQ or AVCE)

Overseas Qualifications equivalent to Level 3 (e.g. Diploma de Baccalaureate, Brandos Atestas, Ensino Medio, etc )


On successful completion of this 2 year course, students will have strong career prospects in diverse areas of the Public Sector including:

  • Police officer
  • Major crime investigator
  • Criminal Intelligence analyst
  • Scenes of crime
  • Crime analyst
  • Detention officer
  • Justice Services (youth justice/ probation officer)
  • Security services personnel
  • Prison Officer


At the end of your course, you will have a recognised qualification which will aid progression into employment in the public services with a particular focus on crime and criminal justice along with other careers that require a disciplined but caring approach. It also offers career progression and professional development for those already in employment.

Organisational Structure and Culture415
Mental Health415
Equality and Diversity415
Public Services in Contemporary Society415
Crime Reduction & Community Safety415
Law and Legal Systems415
Third sector and Public Services415
Psychology of Behaviour415
Reflective Professional Practice515
Youth Offending515
Contemporary Sociological Issues515
Offender Management515
Justice, Punishment and Rehabilitation515
Theories of Crime515
Research Project530