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UCAS Code: 145R
Institution Code: HERTS H37
Campus Code: Broxbourne

Learners complete the BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Public Services across 2 academic years. Learners can achieve the BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Public Services if they fail to achieve appropriate credits at the end of the second year.

The Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Public Services offers student's four specialist pathways designed to support progression into relevant occupational areas or on to degree-level study and builds on specialist pathways studied at Level 4.

This qualification will enhance learners by:

  • Equipping individuals with knowledge, understanding and skills for success in employment in the public services industry
  • Enabling progression to an undergraduate degree or further professional qualification in public services or related area.
  • Providing opportunities for specialist study relevant to individual vocations and contexts.
  • Supporting individuals employed or entering employment in the public services industry.
  • Developing the individual's ability in the public services industry through effective use and combination of the knowledge and skills gained in different parts of the programme.
  • Developing a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attributes essential for successful performance in working life and thereby enabling learners to make an immediate contribution to employment.
  • Providing flexibility, knowledge, skills and motivation.

What can I do next?

  • On successful completion of the course learners can progress to the second year and study the BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Public Services. A key progression path for Edexcel BTEC Higher National Diploma learners is to the second or third year of a degree or honours degree programme, depending on the match of the Edexcel BTEC Higher National Units to the degree programme in question.
  • Seek employment in your chosen public service

What will I be doing?

This qualification provides a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required in this sector and their national recognition by employers allows direct progression to employment following an initial successful application process.

Edexcel BTEC Higher Nationals in Public Services have been developed to focus on:

  • Providing education and training for a range of careers in public services
  • Providing opportunities for public service employees to achieve a nationally recognised level 4 or 5 vocationally specific qualification
  • Providing opportunities for full time learners to gain a nationally recognised, vocationally specific qualification to enter employment in public services or progress to higher education vocational qualifications such as a full time degree in criminology or related area.
  • Developing the knowledge, understanding and skills of learners in the field of public services.
  • Providing opportunities for learners to focus on the development of higher level skills in a public services context.
  • Providing opportunities for learners to develop a range of skills techniques and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.

Added Extras

  • Foreign enrichment trip for development opportunities linked to unit criteria (cost covered by annual course fee)
  • National enrichment trips such as court visits and visits to event stadium.
  • Guest speakers to provide real life experience and knowledge to support theoretical course content

How will I be assessed?

At Level 5, students will study a total of seven units: two core units together with five additional units either from a specialist or general pathway.

At Level 4 students will study a total of eight units and develop a broad knowledge and awareness of key aspects of public services through four core units, which will include one unit assessed by a Pearson-set assignment.

The Higher National Diploma (HND) is a Level 4 and Level 5 qualification made up of 240 credits. It is usually studied full-time over two years, or part-time over four years.

Pearson would expect that an HND student would have achieved at least 90 credits at Level 4 before progressing to Level 5 units. This allows for the students to submit the remaining 30 credits at Level 4 while undertaking their Level 5 study. Students undertaking an HND who fail to successfully complete the full qualification may be awarded an HNC if their credit achievement permits.

Entry requirements?

For students who have recently been in education, the entry profile is likely to include one of the following:

  • BTEC Level 3 qualification in Public Services
  • GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades A* to C and/or 9 to 4 (or equivalent) in subjects such as maths and English
  • Other related Level 3 qualifications
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma awarded by an approved further education institution
  • Related work experience
  • International equivalent of the above.

What do I need to bring?

  • Full sports kit including correct footwear for running and physical activities.
  • Stationery set and USB.

Fee Information

£6,165 per annum is the fee for HNDs at HRC in 2019/20. Full and part- time students are normally eligible for a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England. See


Further Information


The best way to apply is via UCAS using the course UCAS code: 145R / Institution Code: H37

If you have any enquiries or require further support and guidance with your application, please email the team directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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