Public Services at Orbital South Colleges University Centre - UCAS

Course summary

The Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Public Services offers students a broad introduction to the subject area via a mandatory core of learning, while allowing for the acquisition of skills and experience through the selection of optional units across a range of occupational sectors at Level 4, via the general pathway. Students also have the opportunity to select a career pathway in either Civil Protection, Crime and Criminal Justice, Public Service Management or Blue Light Services. This effectively builds underpinning core skills while preparing students for further subject specialisation at Level 5. Students will gain a wide range of sector knowledge tied to practical skills obtained in research, self-study, directed study and workplace scenarios. At Level 4 students will study a total of eight units and develop a broad knowledge and awareness of key aspects of public services through four core units, which will include one unit assessed by a Pearson-set assignment.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

If you do not have one of the above English or maths GCSE’s at grade A*-C (9-4) you may still be offered a place on the course but this will be at the discretion of the academic staff. There are opportunities to study adult GCSE courses at the College which you would be required to apply for separately.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £6535 Whole course
Northern Ireland £6535 Whole course
Scotland £6535 Whole course
Wales £6535 Whole course

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Sponsorship information

Full-time and Part-time students from the UK/EU who are studying for a Higher Education course can apply to the Student Loans Company ( for a Tuition Fee Loan for the full amount (this will be paid directly to the College). Additionally, Full-time UK-only students can apply for a Maintenance Loan (to cover living costs). The Government have also introduced the Maintenance Loans to Part-time students. Evidence of an approved loan must be provided at enrolment in the form of the Payment Advice letter provided by the Student Loans Company. Further details of how to apply for a Student Loan can be found at

Public Services at Orbital South Colleges University Centre - UCAS