HND Public and Emergency Services

Would you like to have a challenging and rewarding career where no two days are the same? The public and emergency services are relied upon to plan for and deal with all kinds of problems, from anti-social behaviour in our communities, to major worldwide disasters. By joining this skilled workforce you will have the opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of others.

The HND Public and Emergency Services course will give you a strong practical and academic grounding in how public, emergency and armed services operate, are organised and are managed. You’ll have the chance to complete work placements, or work on projects with public organisations. This will not only enhance your studies but also give you valuable real-life experience in the workplace and help you to prepare for your career. Follow us on Twitter.

To ensure you have a good understanding of how public and emergency services operate, you will study a number of core modules. These include Planning and Operations, where you will be expected to put your leadership skills to the test.

You will also study how public and emergency services operate and gain practical skills in planning and operational management. Here you will develop team-working skills and plan, prepare and carry out an outward bounds expedition in the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Another exciting area covered on the HND Public and Emergency Services course is emergencies, disasters and transport, where you will review how governments, emergency services and charities plan, co-ordinate and react to the aftermath of a disaster.

In addition to the core modules, you will have the chance to choose options in line with your career aspirations.

Year One

  • Planning and Operations
  • Organisation and Behaviour in the Public Sector
  • Doing Social Science Research
  • Public Affairs

You will also study one module from the following options:

  • Conflict, Crisis and Change
  • Poverty, Inequality and Social Exclusion
  • Community Study
  • Understanding Society
  • Understanding Crime,Victims and Society
  • Understanding Criminal Justice

Year Two

  • Work Experience
  • Emergencies, Disasters and Transport
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Public Services Project
  • Public Service Law

You will also study one module from the following options:

  • Policing
  • Introduction to Counselling Skills for Public Services
  • Society: Problems and Solutions
  • Violence and Conflict


The HND Public and Emergency Services course is taught through a range of methods, usually a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops. At later stages of the course, you will have the chance to work on projects, either individually or in groups. Outside activities are also built into the programme, as are guest speakers and project work.

Our staff are also actively involved in research and consultancy work – their research feeds directly into what you will learn, keeping the course fresh and up-to-date.


Assessment methods vary and are mainly coursework-based. Coursework includes real-life projects, essays, group work, and presentations.

Entry criteria detail typical offers but USW considers all applications on an individual basis which means that we could make offers based on qualifications, personal profile and experience. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.

Typical A-Level Offer


Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Grade C and DE at A Level

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Diploma Merit Pass

Typical IB Offer

Pass IB Diploma or two IB Certficates at Higher level.

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass Diploma with 60 credits overall to include 45 level 3 credits all Passes

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 3 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

Find out how to pay your tuition fees in full or by payment plan.

This course is eligible under the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme for Ex-Armed Forces personnel.

International Scholarships are available for self-funding international students.

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) £20 - £40
We go on an outdoor expedition in year one and you will need suitable clothes and walking boots for that. You may already have these and so will not need to buy anything.
DBS £57.2
In some cases your placement (year 2) will require a DBS check.
Placement expenses: WORK PLACEMENT *
Students are required to undertake a period of work placement in year 2. Students undertaking placement may incur costs associated with travel and expected workplace attire will vary according to the placement.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU

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Admissions statement

The HND Public and Emergency Services course will develop key skills that are relevant to the public service environment, including leadership skills, the ability to solve problems, evaluate and interpret evidence, make reasoned arguments, present information, and work as part of a team.

Many of our graduates have used the HND Public and Emergency Services as a route into the police and fire services. It is also a valuable qualification if you want a career in the ambulance service, the armed forces, prison and security services,HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), or community service organisations.

By successfully completing the HND Public and Emergency Services course, you will also have the option to progress to the final year of the BA (Hons) Public Services course at the University, where your studies will focus on developing your employability skills, giving you an advantage in today’s competitive employment market.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.

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