BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate Public Services

About the course

Learners will, through the different specialist units offered, find out about the different public services and how they work individually and interact with each other – inter-agency working. They will also have the opportunity to discover the levels of fitness required for each of the uniformed services and how to improve their health and fitness for entry into these services. The course is designed to equip learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for success when moving towards a career in the uniformed and non-uniformed services, for example, police, emergency fire services, security, prison services or the armed services. It further aims to give an insight into employment and public service skills, including team working and communication essential for Public Service duties.

Course modules

Year 1

Citizenship, society and the public services

Crime and its effects on society and individuals

Employment in the public services

Health, fitness and lifestyle for the public services

Multi-day expedition experience

Security procedures in the public services

Sport and recreation in the public services

The role and work of the public services

Working skills in the public service sector

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

This course covers practical skills and relevant background knowledge. Students are normally aged 16 or over and the following qualifications are needed:

  • 2 GCSEs at Grade D (3) or equivalent, one must be English Language.

Learning and assessment

This course provides you with a comprehensive introduction to public services. It is extremely popular with school leavers who wish to combine a practical based training programme with sound theoretical knowledge. The course is designed to give you a broad understanding of public services, with a view to progressing to one of our Level 3 Diploma courses, or to start work in the Public Service sector.

Assessments will include assignments and practical work. There are no formal external examinations on the Level 2 Diploma.


  • Level 2 students can progress to level 3 programmes subject to published entry requirements and satisfactory performance at level 2.
  • Employment within a related field


  • Fire Service
  • Royal Air Force
  • Navy
  • Coastguard
  • Prison Service
  • Army
  • Customs and Excise
  • Police

Special requirements

Learners will be required to wear college uniform

Costs that are mandatory for the course:

College T-shirt, tracksuit bottoms and tracksuit top or hooded top– approx. £85

Costs that are optional for the course:

Public Services textbook approx. £20

Walking shoes approx. £30-100+ (depending on quality and brand)

Outdoor Clothing approx. £50-£150+ (depending on quality and brand)

Public services includes the military, as well as uniformed servicies such as the Police, Fire and Rescue and Ambulance service, among others.
Public services includes the military, as well as uniformed servicies such as the Police, Fire and Rescue and Ambulance service, among others.

Public Services

If you would you like to learn the skill and knowledge required for a career in the Fire or Ambulance Service, Police, Prison Service, or Armed Forces, then our range of Public Services courses could be for you.

Our courses offer a comprehensive introduction to the different public services and how they work, both individually and together, and you will gain an understanding of the levels of health and fitness required to enter the industry.