We are still accepting applications for September 2020 starts.

Our campuses remain closed for the foreseeable future 

Easter Closure and return to study

The College will be closed from Saturday 4th April to Tuesday 14th April (inclusive), there will be no work set for classroom based courses over this normal 2 week holiday period, however we will be returning to remote working on Wednesday 15th April for staff to continue to prepare online learning and resources.

UCC students and Apprentices will return to their online remote learning on Monday 20th April.

Further Education students will return to online remote learning on Wednesday 22nd April. This delay is to allow teaching staff to prepare materials for the next few weeks of online learning on Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st April.

Public Services Level 2

The BTEC Level 2 Diploma 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, paramedics (NHS), 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

Public Services BTEC Diploma Level 2 units may include:

  • Public Service Skills
  • Land Navigation with Map and Compass
  • Career Planning for the Public Services
  • Employment in the Uniformed Public Services
  • Expedition Skills in the Public Services
  • Improving Health and Fitness for entry to 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 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 Institute
Start DateSeptember 2020
Fee(s)16-18 year olds: Free
19+: £1,431


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