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 stimulating and varied, as it combines classroom-based study with exciting practical and outdoor activities.



Course Structure

For this Award, you will study seven Units. These are a combination of Mandatory and Optional Units and include:

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 and Adventurous Activities and Teamwork for the Public Services.

There will be opportunities throughout the course for you to improve your Mathematics 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 an integral part of the course.

Entry Requirements

You must provide a satisfactory reference.

A minimum of five GCSEs at Grade D-E/3-2, one of which should be English Language. 

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

You will be invited to participate in a two day assessment that includes Mathematics 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 Mathematics will be included in your timetable if you have not achieved a GCSE at Grade A*-C in these subjects when you commence your course.

How Will I Learn?

  • Attend lectures
  • Use work-based assignments, projects and case studies based on real events
  • Use IT workshops
  • Practical activities

Skills You Will Develop

  • Communication skills
  • Time Management skills
  • Interpersonal Skills 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 will have the opportunity to join the College's Sports Academies and gym as well as participating in Public Services sports competitions. Some of your study will take place within the local community and in the local countryside


Expect Also To

Attend lectures and discussions with representatives from various Public Service organisations

How You Will Be Assessed

The 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.

Things You May Need

You will be required to purchase and wear a uniform and the course will include compulsory trips that you will have to pay for.

Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Tel: 01274 433043
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 433246.
Email: [email protected]

Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 438999
Email: learning[email protected]

For all other queries call 01274 088088

Tuition Fees

If you are aged 19+ and studying a Further Education Course at Bradford College, you may have to pay course fees. Course fees are dependent on the number of hours and which course is being taken. Actual costs can be obtained from our FE Registry team.
Tel: 01274 433172
Email: [email protected].