HND Public Services
92% of UWTSD’s Public Services students were satisfied with their course – NSS 2017.
The programme provides a vocational education, to prepare students for a career in the Public Services professions.
The programme meets the needs of the aspiring uniformed public service officer, support and administrative professionals. Equipping students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for success and future employment in the public services professions.
Thank you for introducing all the volunteering opportunities for us alongside the degree because that definitely helped me today.
The HND Public Services offer standalone qualifications and a potential route to a full degree in the Public Services. All subjects studied on the programme are relevant to the world of work within the public and voluntary sectors. The skills developed to achieve academic success are also those required by employers and for study at higher levels. The university works closely with relevant public and voluntary sector organisations and has developed a number of student schemes that give the students an invaluable insight into working within the sectors. For Example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ab64aFagnRs&feature=share
The involvement of employers, visiting speakers and other organisations in the delivery of the programme gives opportunities to students to interact with external networks and see the relevance of their studies.
The programme integrates theoretical study and application to real world cases in each module’s teaching strategy, but also in direct interaction with the University’s external partnerships, including employers’ organisations, professional associations and other public sector organisations.
TIn particular our graduates have analytical, research, interpersonal, cross cultural communication and empathetic skills.The skills of managing ICT, communication to peers and external organisations, numeracy, problem solving, interacting in teams, ethical reasoning, critical appraisal, self-management and leadership have been particularly applauded.
Students’ progress through the programme ensures that they become increasingly self-confident and capable of managing their own learning. Graduates will have developed self-confidence and the ability to work in diverse environments and communicate to a wide variety of levels.
Year 1 provides an introduction to the key public services disciplines, including behavioural dynamics, legal process & criminal law, social theory & policy, public services environment and develops vital employability skills within academic skills and leading self modules. Students have the opportunity to work with an external organisation to see theory in action and acquire valuable skills.
Year 2 covers accountability, contemporary issues, equality, diversity & communities, terrorism & public services responses, whilst developing leadership and team building skills through activities. Voluntary work experience opportunities exists and are encouraged, which will be assessed for credits, or students study an employability module.
This programme offers an academically challenging, vocational experience which incorporates innovative teaching and assessment methods. Students will be expected to be active in managing their learning experience, to be creative and to take initiatives to develop themselves. The opportunity to take on public or voluntary sector work experience is a rewarding intellectual experience, which also provides a well-grounded base for future career development. The University’s international perspective and integration with employers and professional associations guarantee relevant and current content. The wide range of extracurricular activities both subject related and social, further enhance the student experience.
The friendly approach of the University allows early diagnosis of learning needs and support for skill enhancement. This includes respect for specialist needs. There is a learning support team who run regular workshops and tutorials in basic and advanced skill development. The close working relationships between tutors and students and students and their classmates allows a positive active learning environment.
The programme boasts a high employability rate for graduating students who are in work within six months of completing the degree. A significant number of graduates also progress to postgraduate studies at this and other universities.
All modules are 20 credits. Assessments include; essays, reports, presentations and reflective blogs.
Level 4 have assignments only – no examinations.
Level 5 (second year - HND) has assignments and examinations (two 2 hour open-book examinations) and also includes an optional assessed work experienced 20 credit module.
40 UCAS points or equivalent.
Students with significant experience may not require UCAS points, but must demonstrate relevant experience and competencies to undertake higher education.
Graduates exit with significant subject knowledge and up to date skills designed for the modern workplace. Possible careers are very diverse, including the prison service, justice system; past students have gained employment as PCSOs, police officers, fire officers, management training within public and 3rd sector organisations, or further study including nursing, paramedics, legal system and degree qualifications.
The programme’s interaction with employers, the possibility of integration of work based learning and internships further accentuate the employability of graduates and the currency of the programme content.
Within the Leading in Action module students can work to gain a range of recognised activity awards, for examples star awards for kayaking.
The programme runs voluntary work schemes with the police service – METPOL, the fire service – METFIRE, Swansea Prison and other voluntary organisations.
The students are engaged with the many facets of life in the uniformed public sector and work with the community to gain this experience. Some of these projects will be working with other students and young people in safety campaigns across the city such as the ‘Safer Swansea Scheme’ and will allow the students to develop their communication skills.
The students are also involved with marshalling events in the city such as Bonfire Night at the St Helen’s ground which attracts 1500 people to the area, significantly the students help run the Swansea Help Point, a triage unit in the city centre that looks after vulnerable, intoxicated and injured people.
They will be working with victim protection in the prison, carrying out vital work ensuring prisoners do not contact their victims whilst in prison, as well as taking part in restorative justice. The schemes give the students a valuable insight into the reality of the profession and therefore create realistic expectations for them when they leave university. The aim is to give them the best opportunity for progression into their chosen profession.
The students have been rewarded for their volunteer work, with a High Sheriff Award, and South Wales Police Award and highly commended Lord Ferrer’s Award and Sustain Wales Award.