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Public Service

Entry requirements


UCAS Tariff

32

Any subjects are acceptable at Level 3.

About this course


Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Public services

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, in the public sector, 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.

Modules

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

Assessment methods

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

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£5,996
per year
England
£5,996
per year
Northern Ireland
£5,996
per year
Republic of Ireland
£5,996
per year
Scotland
£5,996
per year
Wales
£5,996
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Bolton College, Greater Manchester

Department:

Business Management, Retail, Logistics and Supply Chain Management

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Social sciences

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
12%
Male students
88%
Female students
63%
2:1 or above
22%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
D
D

After graduation


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Social sciences

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

94%
low
Employed or in further education

Top job areas of graduates

56%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
11%
Teaching and educational professionals
8%
Childcare and related personal services

The numbers of people taking politics degrees fell sharply last year and we'll keep an eye on this one - it can't really be because of graduates getting poor outcomes as politics grads do about as well as graduates on average. Most politics or international relations graduates don't actually go into politics - although many do, as activists, fundraisers and researchers. Jobs in local and central government are also important. Other popular jobs include marketing and PR, youth and community work, finance roles, HR and academic research (you usually need a postgraduate degree to get into research). Because so many graduates get jobs in the civil service, a lot of graduates find themselves in London after graduating. Politics is a very popular postgraduate subject, and so about one in five politics graduates go on to take another course - usually a one-year Masters - after they finish their degrees.

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