Public Services Level 1/2

The BTEC Level 1/2 First Extended Certificate in Public Services is designed to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for success when moving towards a career in the uniformed services, for example police force, fire and rescue service, prison service or armed services.

The course allows you to investigate the uniformed services; what they are and what careers are available to you. You will, through the units chosen, find out what people in the different services do in their job roles, how they work and how they interact with each other through multi-agency working.

Units within the course will allow you to discover, for example, the levels of fitness required for each of the uniformed services and the difference between the armed forces, police, fire and rescue service. This course is delivered through a mixture of lectures, practical activities, outside visits and visiting specialist speakers from the industry sector. 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

BTEC  Level 1/2 Extended First Certificate in Public Services units may include:

  • The Role and work of the Public Services (external exam)
  • Working Skills in the Public Services Sector
  • Citizenship, Society and the Public Services (external exam)
  • Crime and its Effects on Society and Individuals
  • Health, Fitness and Lifestyle for the Public Services
  • Land Navigation by Map and Compass
  • Security Procedures in the Public Services
Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs (grades A*-E / 9-3) including English and maths, or satisfactory results in a relevant Level 1 qualification (Merit/Distinction), and an interview.

Career Opportunities

A wide range of careers in the uniformed services and related areas.

Public Services Level 1/2
Course Outline: designed to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for success when moving towards a career in the uniformed services
LevelLevel 1
Level 2
DurationOne Year
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusColchester Institute
Start DateSeptember 2021 - Applications open on 1st October 2020
Fee(s)16-18 year olds: Free
19+: £1,130


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