Public Services Level 2

The BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Preparation for 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.

***Applications for full-time courses to start in September 2022 are open now!***

We want to make sure you have the best chance of securing a place with us. All full-time applications received by 31st of January 2022 will be guaranteed a place at Colchester Institute, subject to you satisfying the published entry requirements. We still accept applications after this date but may not be able to guarantee you a place on your chosen programme.

Application for this course are made by the ‘Apply Online’ buttons located in the menu further down the page.

If you are looking to start, or are a parent/guardian of a learner looking to start in September 2022, then bookings for our popular January Open Events are also open.

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Course Content

BTEC  Level 2 in Preparation for Public Services units may include:

  • Health and Fitness for Entry to the Uniformed Public Services
  • Expedition and Land Navigation Skills
  • Employment in the Uniformed Public Services
  • Crime & its Effects on Society
  • Community and Cultural Awareness
  • Public Service Skills and Support for the Community
  • Security Procedures in the Public Services
  • Activities and Teamwork for the Public Services
Entry Requirements

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

Career Opportunities

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

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 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 2
DurationOne Year
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusColchester Campus
Start DateSeptember 2022 - Applications open on 1st October 2021
Fee(s)16-18 year olds: Free
19+: £1,139


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