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Course specifics

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above (including English Language). Level 2 vocational qualifications (e.g. BTEC/OCR) must be a merit grade or above and only one will count as one GCSE equivalent.
  • A grade 3 in English Language is accepted for this course providing you have a grade 4 or above in English Literature. You will also need to enrol on English Language GCSE alongside your A-levels.
  • A GCSE in a humanities based subject is preferred



Exam board: Edexcel

100%pass rate

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.

You will develop many work-related skills, including leadership, 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.

Mandatory Units

Government, policies and the public services

Leadership and teamwork in the uniformed services

Citizenship, diversity and the public services

Understanding discipline in the public services

Optional Specialist Units

Communication & technology in the Uniformed Public Services

Current and media affairs in public services

Crime and its effects on society

Understand the impact of war, conflict and terrorism on Public Services

Outdoor and adventurous expeditions

International institutions and human rights

Custodial Care Services

Command and Control in the Uniformed Public Services

Methods of Teaching and Learning

The course is taught by well-qualified and experienced staff. Students will learn through a variety of methods including presentations, scenario based role play, project work and guest speakers.  There is also a practical aspect to the course. There is typically a residential based outdoor-activity experience for students studying the Diploma, as well as other off-site visits.


Methods of Assessment

Assessment is 100% coursework based.  Each unit is assessed by 3-4 assignments contributing to a portfolio of evidence which will form a final overall grade of either a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*; all of which have A-level equivalent tariffs.


Students will have full use of the library and the careers information center, which includes text-books, journals, CD-ROMS and careers literature.  There is also a well-equipped gym for fitness training.

Progression into Higher Education

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.

Employment Opportunities

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.

Associated Costs

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.