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 and 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 3 Units. These are a combination of Mandatory and Optional Units and may include:

Searching for a Job, Public Service Careers, Well-being and Fitness for Public Service, Practical Teamwork and Introduction to Expedition Skills.

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.
Numerous Day/ Residential visits are an integral part of the course.

You will also study an award in personal and social development (PSD) which will include units such as working in a team, quality and diversity and individual project work.

Entry Requirements

You may not need formal qualifications or prior knowledge/ experience but must provide a satisfactory reference.

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 4 or above in these subjects when you start 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
  • Time Management
  • 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 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.
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 088349.
Email: [email protected]

Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 088344
Email: [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 team.
Email: [email protected].