Public Services Level 3

The Public Services BTEC Diploma qualifications are targeted at learners who would like to gain employment in the uniformed public services sector. The qualifications are suitable for those who would like to enter employment in an operational role or in an office-based role supporting the uniformed public services.

This course will help you develop the skills you need in order to understand the uniformed public services sector.

The Public Services BTEC Diploma course provides many opportunities for learners to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attitudes essential for successful performance in working life. You will be encouraged to explore factors that may support a variety of roles within the uniformed services, such as understanding behaviour, knowing communication systems and how the international environment affects the roles of the uniformed services. Delivery includes a mixture of lectures, practical activities, outside visits and visiting specialist speakers from the public services. There will also be workshops and tutorials relating to the assignment programme.

In addition to your main programme, you will also engage in activities to develop your English, maths and employability skills.

Course Content

Public Services BTEC Diploma Compulsory Units:

  • Government, Policies and the Public Services
  • Adventurous Activities
  • Leadership and Teamwork in the Public Services
  • Citizenship, Diversity and the Public Services
  • Fitness Testing and Training for the Uniformed Public Services
  • Understanding Discipline within the Uniformed Public Services

Additional Units:

  • Communication and Technology in Public Services
  • Physical Preparation, Health and Lifestyle in the Public Services
  • Current Media Affairs in the Public Services
  • Responding to Emergency Service Incidents
  • Crime and its Effects on Societies
  • Outdoor and Adventurous Expeditions
  • Command and Control in the Uniformed Public Service
  • Career Planning for the Public Services
Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs (grades A*-C / 9-4) including English and maths, or satisfactory results in a relevant Level 2 qualification (Merit/Distinction) and an interview.

What Can I Do Next?

This course provides an ideal opportunity to prepare for employment in a wide range of public service occupations such as the Police, Fire Service, Royal Navy, Army, etc. Students may also progress to public service-related higher education courses, general business courses and a range of higher education programmes.

Public Services Level 3
Course Outline: This course will help you develop the skills you need in order to understand the uniformed public services sector

Please note that although we no longer offer Public Services at the Braintree Campus, applicants from Braintree and the surrounding area can study the programme at our Colchester Campus.

LevelLevel 3
DurationTwo years: Year 1: 90 Credit Diploma | Year 2: Extended Diploma | Two Years: Extended Diploma
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusColchester Institute
Start DateSeptember 2021 - Applications open on 1st October 2020
Fee(s)16-18 year olds: Free
19+: £6,602
This fee covers the whole two year course


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