Level 3

Entry to the Uniformed Public Services Level 3 Extended Diploma

Duration Age Group Study Year Cost Available Locations
2 YEARS SCHOOL LEAVERS FULL TIME 2020
FREE* Southend Campus, Thurrock Campus
Duration Age Group Study Year Cost Available Locations
2 YEARS SCHOOL LEAVERS FULL TIME 2020
FREE* Southend Campus, Thurrock Campus

Overview

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 aAcademic 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.

Predicted Grades

Please be rest assured that we will continue to make an offer based on your predicted grades or by alternative assessments for entry conditions based on your circumstances.

Entry Requirements

  • Four GCSEs at grade four/grade C or above, including maths and English, or
  • Public Services Level 2 Diploma plus maths at grade four/grade C or above, or equivalent
  • Successful attendance at interview event

Course Structure

Year one

  • Crime scene investigation in practice
  • Understand the impact of war and conflict on uniformed services
  • Develop aspects of physical fitness for entry to the uniformed services
  • Understand conflict management and personal protection
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Understand discipline in uniformed public services
  • Prepare for employment in a chosen uniformed service
  • Develop skills for water-based outdoor and adventurous activities
  • Equality, diversity and the public services
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Year Two 

  • Uniformed services hierarchy and routine
  • Mental and physical wellbeing
  • Assist in planning and leading adventurous activities
  • Understand planning for emergency situations in the uniformed services
  • Security procedures in the uniformed services
  • Emergency planning and response in the uniformed services
  • UK legal systems and uniformed services
  • Participate in a sports coaching session
  • Participate in uniformed service routine

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

Assessment & Feedback

Presentations, reports, essays, exhibitions and discussions.

Course Cost

School Leavers, full time: FREE

FREE to UK/EU under 19s not in employment.

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