The course will train you to work in all areas of the Public Services sector, developing your knowledge and skills necessary for careers in the police, ambulance, military, fire services and local government.
You will participate in a wide range of practical work, including opportunities to steward at events, a life training course with the Fire Brigade and fitness assessments run with the Armed Forces. You will also take part in a yearly residential trip.
This course consists of two separate qualifications. In your first year of study, you will work towards the Level 3 Foundation Diploma. Following successful completion of this qualification, you will be able to progress to the Extended Diploma. Our Extended Diplomas offer equivalent UCAS points to studying 3 A Levels.
Topics covered can include:
Unit 1 - Citizenship and Diversity
Unit 2 - Behaviour and Discipline in the Uniformed Protective Services
Unit 4 - Physical Preparation, Health and Wellbeing
Unit 5 - Teamwork, Leadership and Communication in the Public Service
Unit 13 – Introduction to Criminology
Unit 3 - Global Affairs, the Media and the Uniformed Protective Services
Unit 6 - Government & The Protective Services**
Unit 7 - Planning for and Responding to Emergency Incidents
Unit 8 - Custodial Care
Unit 12 - Developing Personal Fitness Programmes
Unit 15 - Police Powers and the Law
Unit 18 - Criminal Investigation Procedures and Practices
Unit 19 - Professional Development in the Uniformed Protective Services
You will need:
Four GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language and Maths (at grade 3 or above) or an equivalent Level 2 qualification at Merit (and Functional Skills in English and Maths at Level 2/GCSE English Language at grade 4 or above and Maths at grade 3 or above)
All applicants must have an interview and assessment to confirm that the course is suitable for them.
Your progress will be assessed throughout the course, using a range of methods such as assignments and presentations.
If you will be aged 16, 17 or 18 on 31 August in the year you begin your course, and have been resident in the UK/EU/EEA for the past 3 years, it will be free. Some courses will have other costs associated, such as for materials and trips. Many of our students are eligible for financial support when studying at college – please click here for more information.
This course will help you to move on to higher level courses, such as a Bachelor of Science, or to pursue employment in the Public Services industry.