Public Services (RQF)

BTEC Higher Nationals in Public Services (RQF)

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Public services touches our life on a daily basis. Roles within public services can involve working with the local community, investigating serious crime or working for the Armed Forces. BTEC Higher Nationals in Public Services are an ideal choice for anyone wanting to start their career, fast-track their existing career or learn more about the realities of working in the sector.

Pathways within this qualification

This qualification has been developed in collaboration with industry experts, universities, colleges and students to ensure that it is a programme that meets the needs of industry, as well as what you would expect to achieve throughout your course. To help our you develop in your chosen specialism, there are a number of pathways, some of which are listed below:

  • Civil Protection
  • Crime and Criminal Justice
  • Public Service Management
  • Blue Light Services

Please note this is a combination of pathways at both BTEC HNC and HND level. Colleges we work with may choose to deliver a selection of pathways which is why we suggest that you consult with your local college regarding exact options available to you.

Careers after a BTEC Higher National in Public Services

Some typical jobs after completing the HNC* Some typical jobs after completing the HND*
Police Community Support Officer, Firefighter; Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army, Royal Air Force, Civil Servant, Ambulance Call Handler/Emergency Medical Dispatcher, Charity Worker Prison Officer, Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army, Royal Air force, Firefighter (middle management), Local Government Project Management/Senior Clerical, Public Sector Commercial Officer
*These are suggestions of the typical job roles related to this qualification at this level. Pearson does not guarantee employment upon completion, and you will have a responsibility to make sure that you meet the employer’s requirements. 

Industry support and recognition

For years, employers have valued the skills and knowledge that BTEC Higher National students bring to the world of work. That is why students choose to study our programmes. We are proud to have developed our Pearson BTEC Higher National in Public Services with experts from organisations, including New Local Government Network and National Offenders Management Services. The representatives are able to help design our qualifications to equip learners with skills required by industry across the world.

Progression to university

We work with universities in the UK and around the world, explaining the content, structure and purpose of BTEC Higher National qualifications, so that the universities recognise your value and accept applications from you as a BTEC Higher National holder onto a degree programme. We currently have agreements to top-up HNs to over 1200 degrees worldwide and we continue our work to grow this number.

Visit our Pearson Degree Finder to find all the current articulations.


Where to study BTEC HNs in Public Services?

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