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Full Time, Higher Education

Subject Area

Sport and Public Services

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Call 0191 511 6000

Course Length

2 Years




Adult, Higher Education



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Who is this course for?

This course is for people who wish to be employed as a Police Officer or as an Officer within the Public Services Sector (e.g. Armed forces, Fire Service, Prison Service or other uniformed and non-uniformed services). It is a 2 year course.

What do you need to apply for the course?

You will need to have successfully completed a Level 3 course (e.g. BTEC National at Level 3, A-levels). You will need to apply through UCAS for this course and you will need 48 UCAS points. However, there are flexible entry requirements for mature applicants. Applications welcome.

What are the key things you'll learn?

On this course you will study a range of modules including Research Projects, Justice and Punishment, Custodial Care in England and Wales, Fair Treatment in Public Services. .

In year two you will look at; Managing Public Sector Finance, Government Decision-making and the Public Services, Crime Reduction and Community Safety, Substance Misuse, Culture and Crime.

How you will learn

The course is assessed by a variety of theoretical and practical assignments, research projects and reports, presentations and practical observations. There is a major research project to complete in year two (unit 6), as well as a work placement period and evaluation.

Teaching sessions will be a combination of lectures, seminars, group-work and sector work experience. We will also look at life and outdoor adventurous activity courses, guest speakers and national residential and local fieldwork visits to Public Service establishments and expeditions are also part of this programme.

Where could this course take you?

Once you have completed the HND, you may top-up to a degree BSc (Hons) Criminology at Sunderland University.


Alternatively you could choose to move into the sector and apply for officer training in the military or within the police, fire, prison or other services.  As part of the course you will be supported/mentored with the application process for your chosen career.  This course has an exit at each year- HNC/HND leading onto BSc.

What costs will you incur?

2017 course fee: £5,999 per year