This course is designed for 18+ adults. This qualification will allow you to prepare for a career in the uniformed public services. Students will gain an understanding of this industry in general and an insight into the various career options available to you. We have close links with the Police Force, Fire Service, Military and other public sector organisations.

Students will develop research and critical enquiry skills through the design and completion of research projects. The projects are self-determined, allowing students to explore new concepts, meaning students have the option to research an area of the Public Services that interests them.

The course will also include visits and extended residential study visits.

The entry requirements for this course are:

  • Level 3 BTEC merit or distinction
  • Level 2 English and Maths
  • You will be required to attend an informal interview which may include completing an assessment based on your prior qualifications

This course consists of the following modules;


  • Organisations and Behaviour
    The aim of this unit is for learners to develop an understanding of individual and group behaviour in public service organisations and to examine current theories and their application in managing behaviour in the workplace.

  • Psychology of Human and Criminal Behaviour
    You will examine psychological approaches and theories and relate them to criminal behaviour. The unit covers how people behave and inter-relate with each other and with organisations. You will also explore how individuals learn and communicate.

  • Justice and Punishment
    This unit gives learners an opportunity to develop an understanding of the criminal justice system in terms of the composition and roles of the judiciary and magistracy. It enables learners to explore the principle of judicial independence and potential conflict between with the judiciary and the state and executive because of that independence.

  • Sociological Aspects of the Public Services in Contemporary Society
    The unit enables learners to develop an understanding of the construction of social structures in society and the tensions between structure and agency. Learners will explore culture, family, sexuality and gender and how they contribute to the structure of society. Learners will explore the development of individuals and groups and the structural influences on society.

  • Personal Outdoor Skills
    Learners will develop an understanding of the tools and frameworks used to critically evaluate themselves and others in the context of skill development in outdoor activities. Through completing a personal outdoor skills audit they will learn about the processes involved in skill acquisition.

You will be assessed via:

  • Interviews and Assessment
  • Coursework
  • Practical activity
  • Observations
  • Study visits
  • Team building
  • Debates and Discussions

This course will lead to the Public Services HND at Waltham Forest College. The programme provides the knowledge, understanding and skills required for employment in the Uniformed and Non-Uniformed Public Services, both in the UK and internationally.

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