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.

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.

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 Sport and Public Services, and Course Team Leader- BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Protective Services.

My role is to assist with the day to day running of the department as well as course team lead on the Level 2 Public Services programme. My background is originally in sport, previously working 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
Course Team Leader- BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Protective Services. Year 1.

My name is Georgie Burns, and I am a Public/ Protective Services Course Team Leader. 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 my community. Being a Constable allows me to offer a real-life insight for our students by helping them through the application and selection process for their intended destinations. 


Martin Bonham
Course Team Leader- BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Protective Services. Year 2.

Standby, Standby! I’m Bonz, one of the course team leaders delivering the Uniformed Public Services Course here. I have a military career spanning 15years in the regular Army as a Sergeant serving in the Infantry, involving many an interesting moment and specialising in surveillance. Since leaving the Army I have been delivering the Public Services course across a range of levels and have spent weekends as a DofE expedition assessor. Always enjoying the great outdoors!


James Noonan
Success Coach.

My role is to make sure that you as students succeed academically whilst also gaining knowledge on our employability programme titled ‘The Bridge’. The Bridge Programme is in place to help you grow as an individual and prepare you for your next steps. My role also includes looking after students pastorally, holding regular one-to-one catch-ups with you to make sure you’re on track to succeed and are feeling okay.


Joe O’Dea
BTEC Level 1 Diploma in Sport and Active Leisure

Currently completing a PGCE in Further Education, I’ve recently graduated from university with a Sports Studies degree. I’ve always wanted to be a teacher ever since I left school. I thrive off seeing my students succeed inside the classroom. I plan to complete a master’s degree in sports nutrition in the coming years. I look forward to teaching the next cohort of students who walk through our doors and helping them all achieve their full academic potential



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