Public Services Level 3

The Introduction to Uniformed Protective 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.

Applications for full-time courses have now closed.

If you have not yet made an application to study at Colchester Institute then you will need to book onto an Advice Session where you can speak to a course tutor post-results day.

Whilst we cannot guarantee that a place will be available on your preferred choice at this late stage in the application cycle, we will help to get you sorted for September.

Advice sessions are by appointment only and will be available to book from 10am on Thursday 12th August. As soon as bookings have opened, you will be able to use the appointment calendar to book an advice session. Information about our advice sessions and how to book can be accessed here:

Advice Session Information

Course Content

Introduction to Uniformed Protective Services BTEC Diploma Mandatory Units:

  • Citizenship and Diversity
  • Behaviour and Discipline in the Uniformed Protective Services (external written 2 hour exam)
  • Global Affairs, the Media and the Uniformed Protective Services
  • Physical Preparation, Health and Wellbeing
  • Teamwork, Leadership and Communication in the Uniformed Protective Services
  • Government and the Protective Services  (external written 1 hour 30 minutes exam)
  • Planning for and Responding to Emergency Incidents

Optional Units:

  • Custodial Care
  • Expedition Skills
  • Developing Personal Fitness Programmes
  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Police Powers and the Law
Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs (9-4) including English and Maths, or satisfactory results (Merit/Distinction) in a relevant Level 2 qualification 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 such as:

  • BA (Hons) in Criminology
  • BSc (Hons) in Fire and Rescue
  • BA (Hons) in Social Work
  • BA (Hons) in Sociology
  • BA (Hons) in Public Services
  • BA (Hons) in Policing
  • LLB (Hons) in Law
How to make an Application – Watch our video guide!

We have also prepared a step-by-step video guide – please view this video which will guide you through the application process.

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: Foundation Diploma | Year 2: Extended National Diploma | Two Years: Extended National Diploma
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusColchester Campus
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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