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Bradford College

Higher National Diploma in Public Services

Subject Area
Uniformed and Protective Services
Qualification Gained
Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Public Services
Study Level
University, Level 5
1 year Full-time
Start Date
Study Mode


BTEC is one of the world’s most recognised applied learning brands with employers and higher educational establishments, providing Higher National qualifications in Public Services that are designed to address an increasing need for high quality professional and technical education pathways at Levels 4 and 5, providing you with a clear line of sight to employment or progression to further higher education study,

There is now a greater emphasis on employer engagement and work readiness and the qualifications are designed to reflect this, increasing the need for high quality professional and technical education pathways, engaging in practical, interpersonal and thinking skills.

Having collaborated with a wide range of students, employers, higher education providers, colleges and subject experts to ensure that the new qualifications meets your needs and expectations in addition to working closely with the relevant Professional Bodies, to ensure alignment with recognised professional standards.

  Key Info

You will first and foremost develop your team-working and leadership skills, as both will be vital in your future career. You will also be challenged academically, with all lectures being delivered from ex-service personnel who are also fully qualified, graduate teachers. Both these twin aims, practical skills combined with academic underpinnings will be achieved, by; lectures, research, practical activities, field trips, guest speakers, observed and assignment based assessments.

The qualifications provide a range of core, optional and specialist units, each with a clear purpose, so there is something to suit each individual’s choice of programme and future progression plans in addition to the opportunity to develop transferable skills useful for work and for higher education, including research skills, the ability to meet deadlines and communication skills.

Core Units:

  • Unit 29: Research Project (Pearson-set) (30 credits)
  • Unit 30: Reflective Professional Practice.

Specialist Pathway Units:

Civil Protection:

  • Unit 31: International Institutions and Global Affairs
  • Unit 32: Serious and Organised Crime.

Crime and Criminal Justice:

  • Unit 33: Justice, Punishment and Rehabilitation
  • Unit 34: Theories of Crime.

Public Service Management:

  • Unit 35: Operations and Project Management
  • Unit 36: Understanding and Leading Change.

Blue Light Services:

  • Unit 37: Critical Infrastructure Protection
  • Unit 38: Blue Light Collaboration.

Optional Units:

  • Unit 39: Physical Activity, Lifestyle and Health
  • Unit 41: Advanced Fitness and Health
  • Unit 42: Expedition Planning
  • Unit 45: Training, Coaching and Mentoring Techniques
  • Unit 46: Aviation and Maritime Protection
  • Unit 47: Contemporary Sociological Issues
  • Unit 49: Applied Forensic Psychology

Entry to this course requires a Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Public Services or a comparable Level 4 qualification. You will also be require to complete a screening interview.

Assessments and projects are chosen to help you progress to the next stage (this means some are set by the Centre to meet local needs, while others are set by Pearson). You are required to apply your knowledge to a variety of assignments and activities, with a focus on the holistic development of practical, interpersonal and higher-level thinking skills.

Successful completion of this course can lead to progression to further study, University, employment and fast track programs. The Level 5 Higher National Diploma is recognised by higher education providers as meeting admission requirements to many relevant public services-related courses, and may accrue 2 years APL. Careers include:

  • Police Officer
  • Fire Service Officer
  • Armed Forces
  • Border Force
  • Community Worker
  • Ambulance Call Handler/Emergency Medical Dispatcher
  • Other roles related to Public Services

Fees: TBC

This is representative of the most common fees scenario, but actual fees can vary depending on a number of factors. Please contact us if you need more guidance.

Disclaimer: Our prospectus, college documents and website are simply here to offer a guide. We accept no liability for any inaccurate statements and are not responsible for any negative outcomes if you rely on an inaccurate statement. We reserve the right to withdraw any programmes or service ay any time.