HND Crime and Criminal Justice (Public Services) (full-time)
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Sep 2020
Full-Time HE
Sep 2020
Full-Time HE
About this course

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Delivered at Wiltshire College & University Centre's Chippenham and Salisbury campuses, this course is designed for those wanting to work in or develop your knowledge of either the Criminal Justice or the Public Services sectors.  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 within the Criminal Justice System and various Public Services 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.

The awarding body for this course is Pearson and click on the link below to find out more information about Higher National qualifications 

What will I learn?

On this course, you will learn through a variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, both independent and group research as well as a variety of trips and guest lectures (where applicable). 

You will be introduced to an underpinning knowledge of law, criminology, psychology and contemporary issues within the criminal world as well as focusing on criminal behaviour and an offenders journey through the Criminal Justice system. 

Throughout the course, you will have the opportunity to meet and train with those already working in the Criminal Justice System and the Public Services such as the Police. Students on the course are encouraged to engage with the Criminal Justice System and the Public Services and partake in work experience within your chosen field.

Modules covered are likely to include:

  • Law and Legal Systems
  • Applied Forensic Psychology
  • Crime Reduction and Community Safety
  • Justice, Punishment and Rehabilitation
  • Theories of Crime
  • Offender Management
  • Youth Offending
  • Psychology of Behaviour
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing

Please note:

Modules and course content are subject to change.

Entry requirements

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

  • 48 UCAS Tariff Points from an appropriate level 3 vocational programme (e.g. BTEC National Diploma) or GCE AS / A 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 6.0 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 across the course including:

  • Written reports
  • Presentations
  • Seminars
  • Final research project

During your time on the course, you will be directed to carry out additional reading and other appropriate tasks alongside your time in the classroom and you should expect to spend additional time on your studies.  An overall interest in the Criminal Justice system and / or relevant Public Services will assist in the content and assessments on this course.

There are no examinations planned for this course and this course will be delivered over two full days of study per week over two years at our Chippenham and Salisbury campuses.

On successful completion of this course, you will achieve an HND in Crime and Criminal Justice (Public Services), accredited by Pearson.

Additional costs and information

Students may be required to attend an interview and are welcome to apply for this programme through UCAS.

The cost of this programme is £5,300 per year.

The UCAS institution code for this programme is W74.

The UCAS course code for this programme is L437.

Click here for the programme handbook.

For some trips or visits, there may be additional charges that apply which you will be made aware of when if appropriate.

There are a number of books which have been identified by the college's tutors that are recommended for this course that students may wish to purchase.

The Office for Students (OfS), the new independent regulator for Higher Education in England, has confirmed that Wiltshire College is successfully registered as a provider for Higher Education and that students are eligible for funding and student support from Student Finance England.  Please visit for more information.

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
  • Victim Support

Alternatively, the HND qualification may lead to a top up degree at a local / online university or entry to the third year of other degrees subject to the university's entry requirements.