Public & Uniformed Services

Public Services (1st year of 2 year course) Extended Diploma - K008

Oval Campus Full Time Level 3 Duration 2 years

Or Application Form & Reference Form to be returned to Student Services

This course is designed to give you the skills you need to either progress to higher education or into employment. The range of careers that you can progress into include: Police, Fire and Rescue Service, Prison Service, Armed Services, Maritime and Coastguard Agency and UK Border Agency.

Course Details

Some areas of study include:

  • Government, Policies and the Public Services
  • Leadership and Teamwork in the Public Services
  • Citizenship, Diversity and the Public Services
  • Understanding Discipline in the Uniformed Public Services
  • Physical Preparation, Health and Lifestyle for the Public Services
  • Fitness Testing and Training for the Uniformed Public Services
  • Custodial Care Services
  • Communication and Technology in the Uniformed Public Services
  • Employment in the Public Services
  • Career planning in the Public Services
  • Volunteering in Public Services
The department has formed excellent links with a variety of Public service organisations and gives students the opportunity to experience first hand. These include visiting speakers, demonstrations, careers brief, visits and activities. You will be expected to complete a 5 day Army insight course to evidence work experience and employability skills. This is a fantastic opportunity that will give you a wealth of information to prepare you for future employment.

Entry Guidelines

Priority will be given to those aged 16-18 years old with a genuine interest in a career in Uniformed Services.

A relevant Level 2 qualification or four GCSEs grades 9-4 (grade A* - C), preferably including English and maths.

Satisfactory interview, assessment and school report or reference.

Equipment Required

You will need to wear a uniform of polo shirt and combat trousers in lessons and a college kit including course t-shirt for sport.

Assessment Method

There will be continuous assessment by a variety of methods including assignments, practical activities, group work and presentations.

Additional Information

You will be required to contribute financially to the cost of trips, visits and residentials, although these will be kept as low as possible. Recent activities have included Skiing taster session, a trip to the Houses of Parliament in London, RAF development workshops and a sports residential camp to experience a number of outdoor activities.
Are you aged 16-18?
Study programmes are full-time courses for 16-18 year olds which include:

  • A qualification such as BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Meaningful work experience or preparation for work
  • English and maths, if you don't already have GCSE grade A* - C (grade 4 or above) in English and maths
  • Non-study activities such as tutorials, voluntary work, fund-raising/charity work, sport or trips

Where can I progress to?

At the end of the course, you could progress to higher education, employment or start an application for the Public Services. This course is NOT a guaranteed entry into the Public Services as they have their own entry requirements/tests. Two units of study prepare you for this application process to give you the best possible start to your future career.

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Starting 4th September 2020 - Ending - 25th June 2022

REF K008M001

If you are aged 16-18:

This study programme will be FREE for most students who are aged 16-18 on 31 August, or students aged 19-24 with an Education, Health & Care Plan.

If you are aged 19 or over:

Fee : £6200.00

If you are aged 19+, you may be able to apply for a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan (which is available for this course).

Please see our fees & discounts leaflet.

Depending on your personal circumstances, this course could be FREE for you if you are aged 19-23 and you do not already have a level 3 qualification.

The fee quoted is for the academic year 2020-21.

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