If you would like to pursue a career in the emergency services, armed forces or government services, such as the police force, HM Prison Service or British Army, then this is the course for you.
You will study 3 mandatory units:
- Public service skills
- This unit allows you to develop a range of teamwork, communication, professional and personal skills and methods of instruction that are essential transferable skills across a wide range of career choices, not just within the public services.
- Career planning for the public services
- You will investigate the entry requirements and different routes of entry for their chosen career, which may then give you several options for your future, such as going on to higher education, or gaining relevant voluntary or paid work experience before applying to enter your chosen service.
- Improving health and fitness for entry to the uniformed public services
- This unit aims to enable you to gain knowledge of the major body systems and an understanding of the effects of basic nutrition and lifestyle factors for entry into the uniformed public services. It also develops your skills in taking part in fitness tests and improving your personal health.
Plus 1 of the following 2 units:
- Employment in the uniformed public services
- This unit aims to provide you with an understanding of employment opportunities in the uniformed public services. It also enables you to develop knowledge of the main roles and conditions of service and an understanding of their main responsibilities.
- Employment in the non-uniformed public services
- This unit aims to provide you with an understanding of employment opportunities in the non-uniformed public services. It also enables you to develop knowledge of the main roles and conditions of service and an understanding of their main responsibilities.
You will also study 3 of 16 optional units, including:
- Citizenship, the individual and society
- Health and safety in the public service workplace
- Adventurous activities and teamwork for the public services
- Crime and its effects on society
- Attending emergency incidents in public services
- Volunteering in public services
A minimum of 4 GCSEs with the following grades: English at grade 3 and maths at grade 2 or above.
There are no formal exams. You will be assessed to nationally set standards throughout the year through various activities, such as discussions, presentations, written assessments, practical demonstrations, fitness tests and group activities.
You can go on to study either: a BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Public Services Level 3 (1 year), a BTEC Diploma in Public Services Level 3 (2 years, equivalent to 2 A-levels), or a BTEC Extended Diploma in Public Services Level 3 (2 years, equivalent to 3 A-levels).
This course is a perfect stepping stone to find a career in the public services sector, which offers jobs in the police, health service, fire service and armed forces.
Fees & Funding
As a full time student you will not usually need to pay any course or examination fees if under 19.
You may need to pay for some essential costs. The total cost of residential and trips will be around £125 which is normally paid at the beginning of the course. Students will also need walking boots and a waterproof coat for the range of outdoor activities that they do. Help may be available for students in financial difficulties. For more information contact student support services, tel: 0500 162100.
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