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All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

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

Four GCSEs at Grade 4 [C] or above or an appropriate Level 2 qualification and English and Maths at FS Level 1 or GCSE grade 3 [D].

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


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student success

Amelia-Jane Hicks

Amelia-Jane Hicks

Public services student Amelia-Jane became one of the county's youngest Special Constables at the age of 19 having completed a three-month training programme with Northamptonshire Police alongside her full-time course...

Sorry, you’ve missed the start date for this course but we are planning to offer it again in 2019. If you would like to speak to a tutor about the course please call us on 0300 123 2344 or complete our easy online enquiry form.


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