Course Details

Course Overview

The BTEC Level 4 HNC in Public Services is a qualification with a minimum of 120 credits. The course covers a wide variety of subjects relating to management and operation of the public services operating in the United Kingdom. This one year course will give students, and serving personnel, the education and training needed for a range of careers in public services. It also provides opportunities for public service employees to achieve a nationally recognised level 4  qualification. On completion of the course, you may wish to apply for your preferred public service career, or, continue on to a second year, completing a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Public Services. If you are already in employment, promotional opportunities may be available within your organisation.

How long is the course?

This course runs for one year.

What qualification will I achieve?

BTEC Higher National Certificate in Public Services.

What will I study?

• Small-scale Research Project in Public Services
• Organisations and Behaviour
• Fair Treatment in Public Services
• Psychology of Human and Criminal Behaviour
• Government and Decision–making
• Sociological Aspects of Public Services
• Emergency Planning and Public Services

*Any changes to these modules will be listed on our updates page.

Where will I study?

University Campus Barnsley, Church Street, Barnsley, S70 2AN.

What equipment will I need?

You will need writing materials and folders, suitable practical kit (including indoor and outdoor footwear), a storage device and access to a computer.

How will I be assessed?

There are no formal examinations. Most units will be assessed via coursework and may include essays, reports, presentations, professional discussions, group activities as well as practical assessment and evaluation and reflection.

What can I do next?

You may progress to universities to undertake Public Service-related degrees or to related employment. The skills developed through the course are transferable into a range of employment sectors. Students who successfully complete the HNC may progress onto the Higher National Diploma (HND) in Public Services.

How do I apply?

Apply directly via UCAS

How much does the course cost?

Course fees: £5,995 per year. 

Student Finance

As a Higher Education student living in England you may be eligible for the non-means tested Tuition Fee Loan from the Government. See the Fees and Finance page for further information.

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Further information

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email


Any changes to the information on this page can be found on the Updates to UCB Information page

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