Discover Public Services

Do you have ambitions of fighting crime, tackling fires, or joining one of our armed forces? If the answer to any of those is a yes, then one of our Public Services courses could be right for you.

Our courses help you to take the first steps towards joining one of these critical frontline services, giving you opportunities to develop your skills and gain essential knowledge to prepare you for entry into an exciting Public Services career.

As well as classroom-based theory lessons, you’ll also get to take part in thrilling practical sessions including week-long residential with the British Army and police ride-alongs. These practical experiences will give you the skills you need to stand out when starting your career.

With a broad range of topics covered, a public services course from NHC is the perfect way to find which area of public services is right for you.

Who do you want to be?

Discover your future with our range of Public Services courses

Liz Calver
Head of Curriculum for Sport and Public Services

Hi Everyone;

My name is Liz and I am the Head of Curriculum for Sport and Public Services here at the College.

I am really pleased you’ve found your way to this part of the website – if you’re someone who is passionate about sport, or making a difference in your community, then one of our programmes could definitely be for you! We have a wonderful team of dedicated staff within the department who are all experts in their fields; you can read more about them in the ‘who’s who’ below.

On behalf of all the team, we look forward to meeting you soon and welcoming you to NHC!


Emma Ball
Deputy Head of Curriculum for Sport and Public Services

Hello, my name is Emma and I am the Deputy Head of Curriculum for Sports and Public Services here at the college. My role is to assist with the day-to-day running of the department as well as teach and support the delivery of programmes across the department. My background is in sport, having previously worked as a strength and conditioning coach, but I have a keen interest in criminology, politics and love a good crime documentary. I look forward to meeting you soon!


Georgie Burns
Public Services Tutor

My name is Georgie Burns, and I teach on our Protective Services qualifications. My aim is to create a fun learning environment by prioritising the student experience for my groups. During my free time, I volunteer as a Special Constable with Hertfordshire Constabulary, supporting the constabulary by tackling crime and protecting our community. Being a Constable allows me to offer real-life insight for our students by helping them through the application and selection process for their intended destinations.


James Noonan
Success Coach

Hi, my name is James and I’m one of two Success Coaches at NHC working within the Public Services and Sports department. My goal is to make sure that you as students succeed academically whilst also gaining knowledge on our Bridge programme, learning skills that will help you grow as an individual and prepare you for your next steps. I also like to prioritise the mental health of the students over the academic year and will regularly have one-to-one catch-ups with you to make sure you’re on track to succeed and are doing okay.


Joe O’Dea
Sport and Public Services Tutor

Hi, I’m Joe, I teach across our Sport and Public Services programmes here at the College and I thrive off seeing my students succeed in the classroom. I have plans to complete a master’s degree in sports nutrition in the coming years and look forward to sharing that knowledge with our students. I look forward to teaching the next cohort of students who walk through our doors and helping them all achieve their full academic potential.


Dan Bateman
Public Services Tutor

Hi, I’m Dan, and I’m one of the Protective Services tutors here at the College. I recently left my role as a Police Constable in the Met. Having been based in one of the busiest policing boroughs in London, I gained a lot of insight into the job which I am able to pass on to my students. I’m very passionate about not just ensuring students achieve their qualification, but also preparing them for the start of their careers in the Public Services.

Career pathway

  • Armed Forces: Army, Navy, RAF
  • Police
  • Fire and Rescue Service
  • Prison and Probation Service
  • Border Force

Further education

Degree Level Study in a range of Social Science based disciplines, including but not limited to:

  • Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Law
  • Policing


Work experience and project work

We have developed strong links with the local community over many years and continue to expand and nurture these relationships. You will work with a variety of employers throughout your course allowing you to develop skills and knowledge in your chosen career. You will work with organisations to support community events and hone your communication and organisation skills.

Students will benefit from regular talks with guest speakers from across the sector.

Student can also look forward to some of the following:

  • Week-long residential with the British Army
  • Police Ride Alongs
  • Fitness Assessments with the Fire and Rescue Service
  • Insight days with the Royal Marines
  • Shadowing at Stevenage Magistrates Court