This two-year vocational course is suitable for students with a general interest in the work of the Public Services, and those who are aiming to pursue a career in any of the uniformed public service organisations, including the Emergency Services and Armed Forces. It can be studied as a Subsidiary Diploma which is the equivalent to 1 A-level or a Diploma which is the equivalent to 2 A-levels.
The course requires participation in a variety of activities including a residential trip, desk-based scenarios and other team-building tasks. You will also study a wide range of topics to better understand the shifting roles and responsibilities of a diverse range of public service organisations.
The course requires participation in a variety of activities including a residential trip, desk-based scenarios and other team-building tasks. You will develop many work-related skills, including teamwork, problem-solving, communication, planning, decision-making, presentation skills and report writing.
Students taking the Subsidiary Diploma will complete six units over the two years. Those taking the Diploma will complete twelve units over the same period.
- Public service skills
- Career planning for the public services
- Improving health and fitness
- Expedition skills
- Land navigation by map and compass
- Sport and recreation for the public services
- Employment in the uniformed public services
Methods of Teaching and Learning
The courses are taught by well-qualified and experienced members of staff. Students will learn through a variety of methods including whole-class lessons, group and individual work including presentations, mock interviews and scenario-based role play. There will be practical sessions as well as outside speakers from the Public Services. All students must complete a compulsory personal fitness programme.
Methods of Assessment
There is no final exam with this course. Each unit is assessed by several written assignments contributing to a portfolio of evidence which will form the final grade or either Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*. This course typically has around 24 written assignments for students to complete across the 6 units.
Students will have full use of library resources which includes textbooks, journals, DVDs and eBooks. There is also a well-equipped gymnasium for fitness training which students are expected to use. The Careers Centre is available for more career-specific information in many of the uniformed services.
The skills and knowledge acquired through studying this course provide a sound basis for students who wish to progress to a level three course, including the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (one A-level equivalent) and BTEC Diploma (2 A-level equivalent). It is also a suitable course for those who wish to take up employment immediately from College as it prepares the individual for work within the community, or with their chosen public service.
Many students go on to study related University courses such as Criminology, Policing Studies, Uniformed Pubic Services, Nursing, Paramedic Science, Forensic Science, Rescue and Emergency Management, Outdoor Adventure and Leadership Management, War Studies, Law, Coastal Safety Management, Psychology, Sociology and Politics.
Apprenticeships are available in the Public Services e.g. Policing, Providing Security Services, Security Systems, H.M. Forces, Emergency Care and Fire Services Operations and the Youth Offending Team. Previous students are pursuing careers in the Public Services, including the Army, RAF, Police, Paramedics and Fire and Rescue Services.
Contribution to the cost of outdoor activities and trips (including residential) is expected to be approximately £150 over the 2-year course for BTEC Diploma students, somewhat less for Subsidiary Diploma students.