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HND Crime and Criminal Justice (Public Services) (full-time)

Key course information

Sport and Public Services


2 years

University Level


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Course Overview

Delivered at both our Chippenham and Salisbury campuses, you will be given the opportunity to explore the purpose and framework of the criminal justice system and the public services that work within this area.You will be encouraged to develop your 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

Judge gavel with Justice lawyers having team meeting at law firm in background.
Judge gavel with Justice lawyers having team meeting at law firm in background.

What will I learn?

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

The course includes modules in the following subjects:

Year 1
Mental Health and Wellbeing
Public Services in Contemporary Society
Law and Legal Services
Crime and Substance Misuse
Psychology and Behaviour

Year 2
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 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
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), awarded by Pearson.

Additional Costs and Information

You may be required to attend an interview.

You can apply for this programme through UCAS.

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 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?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Sport and Public Services

Career Opportunities

  • Coach/Instructor
  • Nutritionist
  • Sports Scientist

  • Public Services
  • Border Force
  • Offender Management and Rehabilitation

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