HND Criminology and Criminal Justice in the Public Services
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Start Date
Course Type
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Sep 2019
Full-Time HE
Sep 2019
Full-Time HE
About this course

This course is designed for those wanting to work in either the criminal justice sector or the public services. You will be given the opportunity to explore the purpose and framework of the Criminal Justice System and various Public Services.

Each unit of study will allow you to explore different agencies, providing an understanding of the current issues faced by each. This will aid with the necessary skills and competencies required to work within those organisations, enhancing your employability prospects.

Click on the link below to find out more about Higher National qualifications: 

What will I learn?

Students are required to observe criminal trials and are encouraged to partake in work experience within your chosen field. In the second year you will create a personal and professional development profile, to develop your skills for career prospects. Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to meet and train with those already working within the Criminal Justice System and the Public Services, such as the Police. You will be introduced to the necessary underpinning knowledge of law, psychology, sociology and criminology. Areas covered are likely to include:

  • Aspects of Criminal Law for Public Services
  • Criminological Theory relating to Crimes of Violence
  • Psychology of Human and Criminal Behaviour
  • Sociological Aspects of the Public Services in Contemporary Society
  • Justice and Punishment
  • Crime Reduction and Community Safety
  • Custodial Care in England and Wales

Please note: Modules and course content subject to change.

This course is delivered at our Chippenham campus.

Entry requirements

At least 4 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Maths (or equivalent Level 2 qualifications) plus one or more of the following:

  • 48 UCAS points from an appropriate Level 3 vocational programme (e.g. BTEC National Diploma) or GCE AS/A2 level or a 6-unit vocational A Level
  • Success in an Access to Higher Education course
  • Formally assessed outcomes acquired through APEL

Applications from mature candidates are welcomed and considered on an individual basis.

Where English is not the applicant's first language an IELTS score of 6 or equivalent qualification will normally be required.

Applicants without the qualifications specified above will be considered on the basis of their ability to study the subject at the required level.

Study, assessment and qualifications

There is continual assessment including written reports, seminars, and a research project, no exams are part of this course.

Additional costs and information

Click here for the Programme Handbook.


When applying through UCAS, each institution has a unique course code.

The Wiltshire College course code is: HND: XGW54

What could I do next?

The course may lead to a career in areas such as;

  • Police Service
  • Prison Services
  • Court Service
  • Probation Service
  • UK Border Agency
  • Youth Justice Services

Alternatively, the HND qualification may lead to a ‘top-up’ degree at a local university or entry to the third year of other degrees as per the universities requirements.