Public Services BTEC Subsidiary Diploma Level 3

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.

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1 Year


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, 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 60 credits over 1 year and achieve the equivalent of 1 A-level at grade A*-E.

You will study 3 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 service
    • 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.

You will also study 3-5 optional units, including:

  • Physical Preparation, Health and Lifestyle for the Public Services
  • Outdoor and Adventurous Expeditions
  • Crime and its Effects on Society
  • Career Planning for the Public Services
  • Land Navigation by Map and Compass

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.

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs with the following grades:English and maths at 4 or above, and 3 other GCSE’s grade C or aboveOR
  • A minimum of five GCSEs grade A*-C, including English language, and maths at grade D or above, or
  • a level 2 qualification at overall merit grade, English at level 2 and maths at level 1.

You will have an interview to make sure the course is right for you. You must be of good character and have a good reference and attendance record.

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/HND, 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 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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    Start date

    2020-09-07 00:00:00.000

    End date

    2021-07-02 00:00:00.000



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