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.
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.
- 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
- Understanding the impact of war, conflic and terrorism on public services
- Outdoor and adventurous expeditions
- International institutions and human rights
- Exercise, health and lifestyle
- 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 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.
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.