BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Public Services

Cambridge Campus

Course Code:CO5FHNCPS
Start Date:25/09/2018
New Student Fees*:£4990
CRC Level 3 Progression**:£3990
CRC Level 4 Progression***:£N/A
* Fees for new students
** Fees for applicants who have completed their Level 3 at CRC in the previous year
*** Fees for applicants who have completed their Level 4 HNC at CRC in the previous year

Course Overview

The course was devised in association with a variety of public, private and voluntary sectors, for example the Police, Armed Forces, Local Government, Probation, Youth Offending Teams and the Civil Service. You will study a broad spectrum of issues relating to a variety of public and private services, and other sectors.

The course encompasses a wide range of the public and private sectors and develops the skills and attributes that are fundamental in any public, voluntary or private service industry. The course team will use CRC's excellent links with relevant external agencies, for example, the Cambridge University Officers' Training Corps, Royal Marine Reserves, Army Reserves, Police Specials, County Councils for guest lectures and additional opportunities for students thus ensuring vocational experience is placed at the heart of this programme.

For Home and EU students, a loan from the Student Loans Company is available to support learners with fees if applied for. These fees cover the overall costs of the course, including sports kits, guest speakers, day trips and additional courses that will be run throughout the year.



The course is made up from the following units;

•  Small Scale Research Project
•  Organisations and Behaviour
•  Fair Treatment in Public Services
•  Psychology of Human and Criminal Behaviour
•  Personal Outdoor Skills
•  Justice and Punishment
•  Training and Fitness for Sport and Exercise
•  Work Based Experience

You will also be expected to undertake a comprehensive physical training regime to fully prepare you for a successful career in the Services. The course will provide you with first hand  experience of a variety of roles in the Public Services. It will be actively encouraged that all learners are engaged with either the Police Specials Constabulary, Royal Marine/RAF/Army Reserves or similar whilst attending College. Opportunities to be involved in the development and delivery of the Level 1 – 3 Uniformed Services Course will also be available to support you to develop the skills required to lead and motivate service personnel in the future.

During your time on the course you will have the chance to attend extra residential activities.  These may include:
•   Football (Male and Female)
•   Racket sports
•   Ski/snowboarding
•   Basketball
•   Netball
•   Cycling
•   Volunteering Trips (Morocco)

There is an extra cost for these activities.

Additional Qualifications - First Aid at Work - cost £55

This is classed as a full-time course – on successful completion of the first year of this course, you will gain a BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma. You can achieve a BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma by studying a further year on successful completion of the BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma. Home & EU students are eligible to apply for a full-time loan from Student Finance England.

Progression & Career Opportunities

This programme is a full Level 4 qualification which can lead to enhanced employment opportunities in any of the Public Services such as the Police, Fire Service and Prison Service or to the BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Public Services at Cambridge Regional College.

To progress from the BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma to the BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma you will need to successfully complete your BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma. Progression to the BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma is conditional on group sizes being educationally and/or economically viable.

Entry Requirements

To join the BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma course you will need to show evidence that you have achieved the below:

•  2 A levels at grade A* - E
•  Pass at an equivalent level 3 qualification (e.g. BTEC L3 Diploma)

•  Plus, English and Mathematics GCSE at grade 9-4 (A* - C) or a willingness to complete these.
However, this will be viewed on a case by case basis and the final decision will be made by the Course Leader when satisfactory entry has been assessed.

In addition to the entry qualifications listed, the offer of a place on the course is subject to the outcomes of initial assessment, which will be taken at the College as part of the admissions process. Please note that entry criteria may vary quite significantly between courses at the same level. This is to take account of the specific skills needed for success on particular courses, the length of the course and the requirements for progression to the next level. Entry criteria are given as a guide, and the exact requirements in order to obtain a place on a particular course will be confirmed following attendance at a professional interview.

Learning Assessment & Support

We want you to achieve to the very best of your ability at CRC. To make this happen we offer both learnng and personal support by specialist staff tailored to meet your specific needs.

Each project, activity or assignment that you complete will be assessed. These assessments indicate your level of performance and contribute to your final grade. Each unit is graded Pass, Merit or Distinction. Assessment will be through practical and theoretical assignments.

How to Apply

There are two ways you can apply for a Higher Education course at CRC – you can now apply through UCAS or directly to the college using our HE Application Form, which can be downloaded from our website www.camre.ac.uk/higher-education. You can also obtain a copy by contacting our Enquiry Team on tel. 01223 226315 or email enquiry@camre.ac.uk The completed form and references should be returned to The Admissions Office, Cambridge Regional College, Kings Hedges Road, Cambridge CB4 2QT