University of Bolton

HND Public Service University of Bolton Degree level: Undergraduate


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This course is 'Subject to Approval' and has not yet completed the University’s approvals process. Whilst we are confident that the course will be approved, it may be subject to alterations. This course is due to be validated by June 2019 after which we will write to all applicants who have applied for the course to let them know of any changes.

If you're a natural leader and a good communicator, you could consider a career in public services. Equivalent to two years of a university degree, this Public Services HND offers you the practical and personal skills needed for a role in the sector or progression to higher-level study.

Public service careers are rewarding but demanding. If you are keen to enter a profession allied to public services – perhaps as a police officer or in the field of criminology – then our Level 5 HND in Public Services offers you an excellent preparation for a range of uniformed and non-uniformed careers. The course is designed to equip you with a sound understanding of how public services and allied professions can impact on society, from both a theoretical and practical perspective. It also offers a foundation on which you can build the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the public services sector.

This course combines theory and written work with an active-based programme that is closely linked to the emergency services and allied professions. Our team of dedicated experts will guide you as you gain knowledge and understanding, as well as practical, professional and subject specific skills. Your studies will cover the core knowledge that is required throughout the public services, such as organisational structures and culture, equality and diversity, mental health, and professional practice. You’ll then build on this learning by developing your wider understanding and skills in areas such as serious and organised crime, terrorism, forensic psychology, the justice system, international policing and cyber security.

You’ll also undertake an individual research project, where you’ll have the opportunity to develop and apply your skills in independent enquiry and critical analysis to a current topical aspect of public services. Overall, we’ll support you as you develop cognitive, intellectual and thinking skills, and gain valuable key, personal and transferable skills ready for employment or further study.

Course details


Information about the modules offered as part of this course are available on the University of Bolton’s website.

Assessment method

Details of the learning activities and assessment methods for this course are available on the University of Bolton’s website.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code L460
Institution code B44
Campus name Bolton College, Greater Manchester
Campus code N

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 32 points Any subjects are acceptable at Level 3.

You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English and Mathematics.

Entry to this course is also available to applicants who have extensive appropriate work experience in the public services sector. If you don’t possess the academic qualifications listed above but have extensive appropriate work experience we’ll be delighted to consider your application.

To help you understand what UCAS points are equivalent to, in terms of grades, please visit the University of Bolton’s webpage below for some examples of grades from popular qualifications:

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent).

We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Provider information

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University of Bolton
Deane Road

Course contact details

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Bolton College Enquiries

01204 482000