Public Services

Awarding organisation

Awarding Body: BTEC

Qualifications on offer:

  • Level 3 90 Credit Diploma in Public Services
  • Extended Diploma in Public Services.

Summary of course

You will cover a variety of aspects of Public Services.

A second year of the course is available to all students who successfully achieve the BTEC 90 Credit Diploma and they will progress onto the Extended Diploma in Public Services.

The method of learning is a mixture of tutor led, role play and practical sessions. Tutors expect full participation in practical lessons.

What will I study?

The units you will study are likely to include:

Core Units:

  • Government Policies and the Uniformed Public Services
  • Leadership and Teamwork in the Unifromed Public Services
  • Citizenship, Diversity and the Uniformed Public Services
  • Understanding Discipline in the Uniformed Public Services
  • Exercise, Health and Lifestyle
  • Skills for Land-based Outdoor and Adventurous Activities
  • Skills for Water-based Outdoor and Adventurous Activities
  • Responding to emergency situations

Specialist Units:

  • Crime and its effects
  • Expedition skills
  • Custodial care

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

For further information about the course and the units you will study, please read the awarding body specification by clicking on the link below:

Awarding Body specification.

How is the course assessed?

There is no end test with this course and varying methods of assessment will be used, for example, observation of practical lessons, professional discussions, written tasks, presentations, role play, continuous assessment of performance, attendance and attitude.

Your Study Programme

If you are aged 16-18, you will join a Study Programme. We will make sure you are working at the right level on your core qualification and are challenged to achieve the highest level of qualification you can. All students will continue to improve their maths and English and if you don't have a grade 4 (C) at GCSE, we will work with you towards achieving that goal (subject to specific entry requirements for particular courses). Work experience will be part of your study programme and complement your college study and prepare you for employment.
You will also get involved in activities to help you develop life skills and to build your confidence so you can make progress in your career. Weekly timetables will include tutorial support which may comprise of full group activities or one to one sessions to discuss individual progress or support needs.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for you if you have an interest in pursuing a career in the emergency, armed or prison services and wish to gain a Level 3 qualification in Public Services.

Progression and Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this course will help you to join any of the Armed Forces or Emergency Services. You could choose employment in the following areas: Police Force, Fire and Rescue, Ambulance Service, Prison Service, Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army, Royal Air Force, Customs and Excise, Coast Guard, Civil Service, Local Government, Security Industry or the Leisure Industry.

Alternatively, you may wish to progress to university with the aim of fast-tracking to higher ranks within the public services.

Entry Requirements for new students

Level Entry Requirements
Entry and Foundation: GCSEs, mainly 2-1 (F/G) grades. Satisfactory school reference*
Level 1: Four GCSEs at grade 2 (E) or above
Level 2: Four GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above
Level 3 BTEC Courses or equivalent: Four GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C)
Level 3 A Levels Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English and maths
Level 4/5: A Level 3 qualification such as\: A Levels, BTEC Level 3, Access to HE, Advanced Apprenticeship; equivalent of 48 UCAS points
Specific Course Requirements: Standard Level 3 entry requirements including GCSE English

*All applicants will be invited in for interview.

Equivalent qualifications will be considered except where English has been studied as a second language and is required at GCSE grade 9-4 (A*-C).

Interview Requirements

You must bring your interview letter to your appointment and arrive 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place.

General Info (materials required for the course)

You will need to purchase a uniform and there will be trips you need to attend that are essential to the completion of your course, including:

  • Boots and combat trousers, polo shirt and long sleeve shirt purchased from School Trends.

  • The residential trip due to take place as part of your induction and will be approximately £70 and there is a visit due to take place later in the year that costs around £15.

Both of these fees are payable at enrolment.

You must wear none marking sole shoes for activities in the Sports Hall.

Course fee information

All Students will need to enter or register for their course qualification either by examination entry or Board Registration. The course tutor will advise you how to enter or register for your qualification and of the College deadline. All late entries are subject to a late entry fee.

The following fees will be payable in full: 16-18 year olds

  • All re-sits except first re-sit of GCSE Mathematics and English
  • Unauthorised absences from any examination entered
  • Any examination/registration unsupported by your subject tutor
  • Late examination/registration entries
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

19 years or over

  • Level 1 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Level 2 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Second Full Level 3 course: You may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay for the course fees^2
  • Level 4 course: Loans may be available^2
  • All Levels: Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

Overseas Students

  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 1 of a 2-year course
  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 2 of a 2-year course
  • £350 non-refundable Examination/registration fee in Year 1
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

^1 Fee remission may be available if you are in receipt of a state benefit.
^2 Contact the Enrolment Centre for more information on 0300 123 2344.

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