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Bradford College

Uniformed Public Services

Study Level
Level 3
Course Type
School Leavers
2 Academic Years
Start Date
September 2024
Study Mode


This course is suited to learners with a genuine interest in a career within the Uniformed Protective Services including: Fire, Police, Ambulance, Prison, Customs and the Armed Services (British Army, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and Royal Marines).

The qualification is intended to support progression to further study and accessing higher education. It is also equally suited for learners to progress to employment in the uniformed protective services. This course supports the shift towards increased graduate employment in the sector. The course is stimulating and varied, as it combines classroom-based study with exciting practical and outdoor activities, alongside numerous experiences with the uniformed services themselves.

  Key Info

You will develop skills in:

  • Improved Written and Verbal Communication Skills
  • Instructional / Coaching and Leadership Skills
  • Ability to Work Independently and in a Team
  • Academic Writing and Presentation Skills
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Discipline
  • Time Management
  • Personal Presentation / Appearance

You will benefit from:

  • Access to free health and fitness facilities at Bradford College
  • Lecturers who have a large amount of experience and have worked in uniformed public services
  • Exciting work experience opportunities as the College has excellent links to various Uniformed Public Services
  • Progress coaches and intervention officers to support your journey to success through your programme of study

Pre-Entry Phase Training Programme

As you embark on your studies, we are excited to offer you the opportunity to participate in our comprehensive Pre-Entry Phase Training Programme. This program runs in conjunction with our Uniformed Services course, providing you with a well-rounded and immersive learning experience.

Through a combination of theoretical teachings and hands-on practical training, you will have the chance to enhance your skills in a variety of areas. From military field skills and problem-solving to effective communication and bush craft, our training curriculum is designed to equip you with the essential knowledge and abilities needed for a successful career in the uniformed services.

Additionally, you will learn elementary tactics and resilience techniques, preparing you for the challenges of real-life scenarios. Join us in this unique program that will enrich your learning journey and set a strong foundation for your future in the uniformed services.

To be awarded the Level 3 diploma for entry in uniformed services, you must have successfully completed the Level 3 Certificate for entry in Unformed Services, this forms year 1 of the qualification. Learners are required to complete a further 6 optional units.

Optional units:

  • Unit 08: Carry out map reading and navigation across open country
  • Unit 10: Understand conflict management and personal protection
  • Unit 13: Emergency planning and response in the uniformed services
  • Unit 16: Skills for land-based outdoor and adventurous activities
  • Unit 21: Crime scene investigation
  • Unit 25: Security procedures in the uniformed services

*Examples of optional units, the final units will be confirmed at induction.

Entry to this course requires 5 GCSEs at grade A-C/9-4, including GCSE English and Maths. As well as this, a related qualification e.g. BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Uniformed Public Services is preferable.

You will need a genuine interest in future careers in the uniformed services and / or Higher Education studies in related fields and a positive academic performance on previous college courses or at schools previously attended.

Your progress and work will be internally assessed and as well as an externally quality assured portfolio of evidence.

It is expected you will cover up to 160 hours work experience on the course. This will include specific placement on experiences with a range of uniformed services. Day visits, guest speakers / workshops and residentials with the Uniformed Services are all included within this timeframe and your tutors and our work placement officers will arrange these for you.

Day visits, guest speakers / workshops and residentials with the Uniformed Services are all included within this.

Successful completion of this course can lead to progression to further study as well as employment within the Uniformed Protective Services.

If you are 19 years old or over you may need to pay fees for your Further Education studies.

Course fees depend on your age and course level.

You may be exempt from paying fees though, or eligible to pay a reduced fee – known as fee remission.

If you are aged 16, 17 or 18 and studying on a full-time or part-time Further Education course, you will not pay tuition or examination fees.

This covers all Further Education courses, functional skills for English and Maths courses.

You will need to pay for course costs such as books, stationery, special equipment, exams, registration fee, travel, meals and any other course-related activities.

Help towards these costs is available for many students.

This is representative of the most common fees scenario, but actual fees can vary depending on a number of factors. Please contact us if you need more guidance.

If you have any questions or require any additional information, please contact [email protected]

Disclaimer: Our prospectus, college documents and website are simply here to offer a guide. We accept no liability for any inaccurate statements and are not responsible for any negative outcomes if you rely on an inaccurate statement. We reserve the right to withdraw any programmes or service at any time.

This course is delivered in partnership with
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
West Yorkshire Police