Level 3

Entry to the Uniformed Public Services Level 3 Diploma

Duration Age Group Study Start Available Locations
Southend Campus
Duration Age Group Study Start Available Locations
Southend Campus


If you are thinking of a career in the public services sector, this course could be ideal for you. It is the perfect course to find out more about the public services and what you would need to know to join them.

This is a full time, Advanced Level 3 BTEC qualification in which you study a whole range of subjects that give you an excellent understanding of public services. The course is designed to give you a good underpinning knowledge of the public services and develop some essential skills that you will need in the future. At the end of your course you will have an excellent CV that will include both the academic qualifications you need, plus a series of career enhancing skills, such as teamwork, communication and problem solving.

In addition to the main qualification you will study functional skills. You will learn in a variety of ways, from traditional class activities and lessons to practical activities such as working in teams.

The course consists of a mixture of lectures, practical activities, oral presentations, tutorials, individual research and group work. Guest speakers from other relevant public services will also visit lessons. As part of the programme you will be encouraged to undertake a variety of outdoor activities, including visits to various public services such as the fire service, prisons and the police. You will also take part in expeditions which may involve overnight stays.

In addition to general class work, you will be using a range of textbooks for research purposes, as well as the IT facilities in the Learning Resource Centre. You will also be encouraged to participate in the college recreational sporting activities within the structured college programme.

Entry Requirements

  • 4 x GCSEs at grade 4/C, one of which must be English or Maths
  • Successful attendance at interview event

Course Structure

Year one

  • Prepare for a career
  • Physical Fitness
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Leadership Skills
  • Waterbased
  • Conflict Management

Year Two

  • Values and standards
  • Land based
  • Security procedures
  • Emergency planning
  • Mental and physical wellbeing
  • Crime

Modules are subject to modification and all students will have an active input into the Year two modules which they will study.

We expect all our public services students to wear a uniform when they attend college.

Police: Black Polo, Black 1/4 Zip, Black Cargos, Black Boots

Public Service: Navy Polo, Navy 1/4 Zip, Navy Cargos, Black Boots

Apart from pen and paper, you will also need clothing suitable for the fitness and sports units.

English and maths resits: For those have have not yet achieved a grade 4 in English and Maths, we will support students in Functional skills or GCSE lessons.

Assessment & Feedback

Presentations, reports, essays, exhibitions and discussions.

Course Cost

School Leavers, full_time:

FREE to UK under 19s not in employment.


Aged 18 as of 31st August 2022 and applying for Level 3 Extended Diploma?

Your application and enrolment will be for the one year Level 3 Diploma. If you wish to complete the full Extended Diploma you will need to apply for an (Advanced Learner Loan) to cover the tuition fees after successfully completing the Diploma.

For more information please contact our admissions team

email: admissions@southessex.ac.uk

What Next...

  • Higher education at university or college to study subjects such as criminology or sociology
  • Apply for a career in any of the public services including the Police Service, Ambulance Service, Fire and Rescue Service, Army, RAF, Royal Navy, Customs and Excise or Prison Service