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.
The course will prepare you with the knowledge and physical requirements of the public services.
You will cover units that accumulate 180 credits over 2 years and achieve the equivalent of 3 A-levels at grade A*-E.
You will study 5 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.
- Fitness Testing and Training for the Uniformed Public Services
- You will understand the fitness requirements for entry into the public services and be able to plan a fitness training programme. You will be able to monitor and review a fitness training programme. This unit focuses solely on fitness and will support the learner in developing the required levels of fitness to support their application to a special uniformed public service role.
You will study 12-15 optional units including:
- Physical Preparation, Health and Lifestyle for the Public Services
- International Institutions and Human Rights
- Understanding the Impact of War, Conflict and Terrorism on Public Services
- Outdoor and Adventurous Expeditions
- Skills for Land-based Outdoor and Adventurous Activities
- Skills for Water-based Outdoor and Adventurous Activities
- Crime and its Effects on Society
- Planning and Management of Major Incidents
- Career Planning for the Public Services
- Police Powers in the Public Services
- Behaviour in Public Sector Employment
- Custodial Care Services
- Aspects of the Legal System and Law-making Process
- Extended Research in Public Services
- Current and Media A‑ airs in Public Services
- Social Welfare Services
- Personnel and Human Resources
- Security Procedures in the Public Services
The course will give you the knowledge, understanding and skills you need for working in the public services at operative or officer level. You’ll learn to deal with challenging circumstances. 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.
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.
There are no formal exams. You will be assessed to nationally set standards throughout the year through various activities.
Fees & Funding
As a full time student you will not usually need to pay any course fees if under 19. There may be some charges for visits and trips but these will be kept to a minimum.
You will need to contribute approximately £125 towards visits and trips. You will also need to purchase walking boots and a waterproof coat for outdoor activities. Help may be available for those students with financial difficulties. For more information contact student support services, tel: 0500 162100.
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