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Key details

Attendance Full-Time
Duration 1 year
Code
Awarding Body Edexcel
Level BTEC Level 2 Diploma
Start Date 06/09/2021

Other start dates

Course overview

If you enjoy working with people, you will find a career in the Public Services very satisfying. This course will give you a realistic introduction to work in any of the Uniformed Public Services including: Fire, Police, Ambulance, Prison, Customs & Excise and the Armed Services (British Army, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and Royal Marines).

The course is exciting, interesting and varied, as it combines classroom-based study with practical and outdoor activities.

What you'll study

This course is made up of seven units, some are compulsory and others optional:

  • Public Service Skills
  • Career Planning for the Public Services
  • Improving Health and Fitness for Entry to the Uniformed Public Services
  • Employment in the Uniformed Public Services
  • Citizenship, the Individual and Society
  • Crime and its Effects on Society
  • Adventurous Activities and Teamwork for the Public Services

There will be opportunities throughout the course for you to improve your Maths and English skills and to use appropriate computer software.

Outdoor activities are essential elements of the course as are Skills for Life/Functional Skills IT.

Day and residential visits are also an important part of this course.

You will:

  • Attend lectures
  • Use work-based assignments, projects and case studies based on real events
  • Use IT workshops
  • Practical activities
  • Communication skills
  • Time management skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • How to work as an individual or as part of a team

You will have the opportunity to attend lectures and discussions with representatives from various Public Service organisations as well as visits such as Police Riot Training and British Army day and residential activities.

You can also join the College’s Sports Academies and gym as well as participate in Public Services sports competitions.

Some of your study will take place within the local community and in the local countryside

  • This course is made up of seven units, some are compulsory and others optional:

    • Public Service Skills
    • Career Planning for the Public Services
    • Improving Health and Fitness for Entry to the Uniformed Public Services
    • Employment in the Uniformed Public Services
    • Citizenship, the Individual and Society
    • Crime and its Effects on Society
    • Adventurous Activities and Teamwork for the Public Services

    There will be opportunities throughout the course for you to improve your Maths and English skills and to use appropriate computer software.

    Outdoor activities are essential elements of the course as are Skills for Life/Functional Skills IT.

    Day and residential visits are also an important part of this course.

  • You will:

    • Attend lectures
    • Use work-based assignments, projects and case studies based on real events
    • Use IT workshops
    • Practical activities
    • Communication skills
    • Time management skills
    • Interpersonal skills
    • How to work as an individual or as part of a team
  • You will have the opportunity to attend lectures and discussions with representatives from various Public Service organisations as well as visits such as Police Riot Training and British Army day and residential activities.

    You can also join the College’s Sports Academies and gym as well as participate in Public Services sports competitions.

    Some of your study will take place within the local community and in the local countryside

Assessment

This course is assessed by unit assignments which test knowledge, skills and understanding.

To be recommended for the Award you must achieve a Pass grade in all units.

Entry requirements

GCSEs
Minimum 5, Grade D-E/3-2
GCSE English
Grade D-E/3-2

You must provide a satisfactory reference.

You should have a moderate level of physical fitness and an enthusiasm for exercise.

You will be invited to participate in a two day assessment that includes Maths and English tests, physical assessment and self-discipline.

We welcome applications from mature students who can demonstrate to us, by evidence of other studies or experience, that they have the capability to satisfactorily complete and benefit from the course.

English and/or Maths will be included in your timetable if you have not achieved a GCSE at Grade 4 or above in these subjects when you start your course.

Careers and skills

Conrad Williams

Uniformed Protective Services Tutor

"Quality work experience complements what is taught in the classroom and is a key way in which, as a College, we can help students get ready for employment and progress into their chosen career."

Conrad Williams

Uniformed Protective Services Tutor

"Quality work experience complements what is taught in the classroom and is a key way in which, as a College, we can help students get ready for employment and progress into their chosen career."

Next steps

You will be required to purchase and wear a uniform and the course will include compulsory trips that you will have to pay for. You will also need to pay £60 costs for travel during outdoor activities. A pair of walking boots are essential to do this course and water proof clothing is advisable for your own comfort. After successfully completing a BTEC Level 2 diploma, you can progress onto Level 3 and 4 diplomas and then onto Higher Education if you choose to. A firefighter has the potential to earn £22,000 - £42,000+ a year. A soldier has the potential to earn £15,670 - £35,150+ a year. A police officer has the potential to earn £20,000 - £60,000+ a year.    

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Tuition fees

If you are 16 to 18 years old you won't have to pay tuition fees.

If you're 19 or older you may need to pay a fee.

All fees exclude exams, registration and administration charges. These fees apply to all learners, except those with full fee remission.

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