HND Crime and Criminal Justice (Public Services) (full-time)
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Sep 2020
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Sep 2020
Full-Time HE
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Delivered at Wiltshire College & University Centre's Chippenham and Salisbury campuses, you will be given the opportunity to explore the purpose and framework of the criminal justics system and the public services that work within this area. 

Students are encouraged to develop their critical thinking and analytical skills, to engage in trips and guest speakers (including police, prison and courts) and to partake in work experience within your chosen field.

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?

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. 

The course includes modules in the following subjects:

Year One:

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Public Services in Contemporary Society
  • Law and Legal Services
  • Crime and Substance Misuse
  • Psychology and Behaviour

Year Two:

  • Justice and Punishment
  • Theories of Crime
  • Applied Forensic Psychology
  • Youth Offending
  • Offender Management

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 (£11,500 per year for international students).

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

On successful completion of the course, graduates have gained careers within the justice system. 

Alternatively, you may choose to study further with a top up year degree or entry into a third year of other degrees subject to the university's entry requirements.