Public Services BTEC Diploma Level 3

For those interested in careers in the police, fire, prison, armed services or higher education in social sciences.

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2 Years


September 2020 start


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, this course is for you.

You will cover units that accumulate 120 credits over two years and achieve the equivalent of two A-levels at grade A*-E.

You will study 4 mandatory units:

  • Government, policies and the public services
    • You will learn about the different levels of government in the UK and understand the democratic election process for each level. You will know the impact of UK government policies on the public services and be able to demonstrate how government policies are developed.
  • Leadership and teamwork in the public services
    • You will understand the styles of leadership and the role of a team leader. You will learn to be able to communicate effectively to brief and debrief teams and also how to be able to use appropriate skills and qualities to lead a team.  You will also be able to participate in teamwork activities within the public services.
  • Citizenship, diversity and the public services
    • In this unit you will understand the meanings and bene­fits of citizenship and diversity. You will learn the legal and humanitarian rights that protect citizens and promote diversity as well as understand the role of public services in enforcing diversity and providing equality of service.  You will also investigate current affairs, media and support.
  • Understanding discipline in the uniformed public services
    • You will understand the need for discipline in the uniformed public services and be able to demonstrate self-discipline as required. You will learn what conformity and obedience mean, highlighting their place in the uniformed public services and also learn the complex nature of authority in the uniformed public services.

You will also study 7-10 optional units, including:

  • Fitness testing and training for the uniformed public services
  • Understanding the impact of war, conflict and terrorism on public service
  • Outdoor and adventurous expeditions
  • Planning and management of major incidents
  • Aspects of the legal system and law-making process
  • Security procedures in the public services
  • Exercise, health and lifestyle

The course will give you the knowledge, understanding and skills you need for working in the public services at operative or officer level. You will learn to deal with challenging circumstances and the course combines practical activities with personal research and written work.

You will visit emergency service premises and receive presentations from visiting speakers to give you an insight into a number of public services.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs with the following grades: English at grade 4 and maths at grade 3 or above, and 3 other GCSEs grade 4 or above.

Assessment Methods

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.


On completion of this course you could progress on to a HNC, a Foundation Degree or an honours degree course in Further or Higher Education.

You will have the required skills and be prepared for employment in the uniformed public services, but each service reserves the right to recruit in its own way.

Fees & Funding

As a full time student you will not usually need to pay any course or examination fees if you are under 19.

You will 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.

You 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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    Start date

    2020-09-07 00:00:00.000

    End date

    2022-06-24 00:00:00.000



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