The Higher nationals in Public Services are nationally recognised public services qualifications which provide students with a thorough grounding in a brad range of subjects which are relevant to the modern public service environments.
Students are required to study a total of 7 units across one academic year.Typical Course Structure
• Small-scale research projects in public services
• Organisations and Behaviour
• Fair Treatment in Public Services
• Sociological Aspects of the Public Services in Contemporary Society
• The Global Environment
• Public Service Activity Management
• Personal Outdoor Skills
Students' work on the course is assessed via a programme of continuous assessment. Assignments will vary in format and will include individual course work, presentations and some practical assessments. Each successfully completed unit will be graded as a pass, merit or distinction and contribute towards the overall grade based on the unit credits.
The HNC Public Services provides opportunities for 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. The programme is designed to equip individuals with knowledge, understanding and skills for success in employment in the public services industry.
Applications for this course are processed through UCAS.
Please make a note of the codes below, then continue to apply through the UCAS website:
Institute code: L42
UCAS Course code: L400
You will study on the Lincoln College Campus for the full durations of the course,
Course contact hours are typically comprised of:
10 hrs Theory and Practical sessions per
3 hrs Online sessions per week
1 hr Tutorial per week
A minimum of 48 UCAS Tariff points from the following:
GCE A and AS Levels
BTEC National (Diploma or Extended Diploma) in a relevant subject
Access to HE
Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher with at least one subject at Advanced Higher.
For mature applicants some experience may be taken in lieu of A Levels / BTECs.
GCSE English – grade C or above
GCSE Maths – grade C or above
(Level 2 Functional skills is not taken as an equivalent)
EU and International applicants
NARIC confirmed equivalent of 48 UCAS points
IELTS with an overall score of 6.0 and a minimum of 5.5 in each component. Equivalent English language qualifications are acceptable for applicants not requiring a Tier 4 visa
There are typically 2-3 assessment tasks per module delivered. The assessment methods used throughout the programme include:
• Coursework portfolios
• Written assessments
• Presentations (group and individual)
• Work experience placement
The programme specification details the assessment strategy for each module, including the relevant task weightings.
HNC and HND qualifications are widely recognised in their own right and provide students with the skills required for employment in a range of associated public service professions.
Students may also choose to progress onto the second year of a degree or honours degree programme.
Students Full Time Per Yr
Home and EU Students £6500.00
International Students £9500.00
Tuition fees will remain unchanged for the duration of a student’s continuous enrolment.
Additional Course Costs:
Textbooks – varying costs (optional); Visits – varying costs (optional)
Additional compulsory course costs will be paid for using the Lincoln College Bursary / Vocational Credit scheme. The scheme allows students to access the remainder of the Vocational Credit (up to a maximum value of £500 / £250) for additional optional courses, workshops, professional memberships and resources. There is no cash alternative. Students who wish to access opportunities in excess of the Vocational Credit may do so at full cost to themselves. Details of payment dates will be provided prior to the course induction.
Please see the full ‘HE Terms and Conditions’ for details of additional library and printing costs associated with this programme
Applications for this course are processed through UCAS, please see the course description and make a note of the Institute Code and UCAS Course Code.
Apply Online at UCAS
This course is validated by Pearson. The validating institution is responsible for awarding the qualification at the end of the programme. Students on validated courses are HEFCE registered, funded and taught at Lincoln College and it is the responsibility of the College to manage all aspects of this provision. The validating institution maintains an oversight of the programme throughout the academic year and must be satisfied that students are being taught in line with the required academic standards of the awarding institution. For full details of the responsibilities of both Lincoln College and the validating partners please see the HE Terms and Conditions page, section 11.
Full details and information regarding terms and conditions of study, relevant policies and procedures, offers and acceptance of offers can be found at: