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Bradford College

Public Services

Subject Area
Uniformed and Protective Services
Study Level
Adult, School Leavers, Level 1
36 weeks Full-time
Start Date
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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 exciting and varied, as it combines classroom-based study with practical and outdoor activities.

  Key Info

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. Numerous Day/ Residential visits are an important 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, equality and diversity and individual project work.

You will develop skills in:

  • Communication
  • Time Management
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • How to Work as an Individual or as Part of a Team

For this course, you will study 3 units. Some are compulsory and others are optional:

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

Entry to this course requires GCSE English and Maths at grade D/E or 3/2.

You may not need formal qualifications or prior knowledge/ experience but 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.

Please note 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.

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.

Successful completion of this course can lead to progression to further study as well as employment. 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.

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.

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.

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 ay any time.