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North Hertfordshire College’s Public Services courses help you open doors to a rewarding career.

Do you have ambitions of fighting crime, tackling fires, or joining one of our armed forces? If the answer’s yes, then North Hertfordshire College’s Public Services courses are right for you.

Our courses help you to take the first steps toward 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. You’ll engage with all emergency and armed services frequently throughout your course so that you can make confident choices about your future.

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. You’ll even have the opportunity to shadow real police offices as part of your work experience, giving you a taste of what it’s like to join the force. 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?

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Career pathway

When you finish your Public Services course with North Hertfordshire College, you’ll have all the skills and sector-specific knowledge you need for an exciting and rewarding career.

Your career options include, but are not limited to:

  • 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

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What our students say

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
Deputy Head of Sport, Public Services, Business, and Travel & Tourism

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.


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.

Work experience and project work

North Hertfordshire College’s Public Services teams have developed strong links with the local community over many years, which they continue to expand and nurture. You’ll work with a variety of employers throughout your course, helping you develop the skills and knowledge you need for your chosen career. By supporting local community events (and planning your own events for the NHC community), you’ll also hone those all-important communication and organisation skills you need for a successful career.

Students will benefit from regular talks with guest speakers from across the sector, ranging from our tutors’ industry connections to North Hertfordshire College alumni who have started their own successful careers.

Plus, some of our tutors are even volunteers in public service roles alongside their regular teaching roles, meaning you’ll benefit from their inside knowledge of what it’s like to work in a particular part of the sector. Pretty good, right?


Looking for courses for adult learners?

North Hertfordshire College is proud to offer a range of professional and leisure courses to adults in the local community.

Whether you’re looking to change career, improve your skills, or pick up a new hobby and make new friends, NHC has a course for you.

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