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This is a lively and fun course designed to help develop skills in the fields of Public Services.

You will learn practical skills that are needed to work in a public services environment and gain a realistic idea about career possibilities in Public Services.

You will be offered a combination of practical and theory-based assignments covering a range of topics.

The method of learning is through a mixture of practical and theory sessions designed to support and build your confidence in your abilities and talents.

  • What will I study?

    The units you will study are likely to include:

    Core Units:

    • Careers
    • Forensic Detection
    • Personal Skills in Public Services
    • Expedition Skills
    • Map Reading
    • Improving Health and Fitness
    • Practical Team Work
    • Public Services Incidents

    All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

  • Who is this course for?

    This course is ideal for you if you have an interest in public services and would like to gain a Level 1 qualification in public services.

  • How is the course assessed?

    This course is assessed through a combination of externally set written assignments and practical tasks.

  • 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.

  • Knowledge

    You will develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of:

    • Risks within the community and the control methods that can be used to mitigate these

    • How to prepare and maintain operational equipment and resources
    • Duty within legislation.
  • Skills

    You will have the ability to:

    • Carry out safe working practices in accordance with legal requirements

    • Work safely and effectively in emergency situations, operating within an appropriate command and control system

    • Use and maintain specialist equipment.
  • Behaviours

    What is required?

    • Commitment to integrity and diversity, understanding and adopting a fair and ethical approach and treating others with courtesy and respect

    • Confidence and resilience in highly challenging and changing situations, demonstrating reliability, adaptability, responsibility and accountability

    • Work collaboratively with others, both internally and externally.
  • General info

    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 will be approximately £70 and you must bring this fee to your enrolment day.

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

  • Progression and Career Opportunities

    If you are successful achieving the course (including Functional Skills), you may progress to Level 2 Public Services.

  • Entry Requirements for new students

    Four GCSEs at Grade 2 [E] or above or completion of Foundation studies including FS English and Maths

  • Admissions Process

    We recommend that you attend one of our exciting open events so that you can look around the department, the college and meet the tutors. You are welcome to do this before or after you apply. These events have proved very successful in ensuring students and their families see the best of what the college has to offer such as our inspirational teaching areas, teachers, library facilities and places to eat.
    Once you have applied our experienced Enrolment Team will consider your application carefully and will let you know, by email, if the College would like to make you a conditional offer based on you meeting the specified entry requirements. If your predicted grades or career aims suggest that an alternative subject area or course level would be more appropriate for you at this stage, we will contact you either by telephone, email or text. If you have told us that you have some additional support needs we will contact you to find out more so that we can help you.