Level 3 Edexcel Diploma Suite Public Services

About the course

The College offers opportunity to study at level 3 (A level equivalent) for students who wish to develop a comprehensive understanding of Public Services - encompassing practical techniques, academic knowledge and technical skills. It is a popular option for both school leavers and successful Level 2 Diploma students. The course incorporates a mix of practicals, classroom lectures, industry visits and case study exercises.

Students will also receive training and assessment in a large range of additional qualifications, which will enhance their employability.

During the first year students will gain practical experience in Public Services, enabling learners to develop a substantial common core of knowledge, including Government policies, leadership and teamwork, and citizenship and diversity as well as specific mandatory units related to your career pathway, such as understanding discipline, fitness testing and training, responding to emergency situations, outdoor and adventurous activities and volunteering in public services, thus helping people to become occupationally ready to take up employment in the public services sector at the appropriate level. This can follow either directly after achieving the qualification, or via the stepping stone of Higher Education (HE) in university or college.

By studying a Public Services Level 3 course learners develop knowledge, understanding and skills required by the sector, including essential employability skills, and allowing them to be applied in real work contexts.

Course modules

90 Credit Diploma

Citizenship, diversity and the public services

Exercise, health and lifestyle

Fitness testing and training for the unifomed public services

Government, policies and the public services

Leadership and teamwork in the public services

Outdoor and adventurous expeditions

Skills for land-based outdoor and adventurous activites

Understanding discipline in the uniformed public services

Subsidiary Diploma

Citizenship, diversity and the public services

Government, policies and the public services

Leadership and teamwork in the public services

Outdoor and adventurous expeditions

Understanding discipline in the uniformed public services

Diploma

Crime and its Effects on Society

Planning and Management of Major Incidents

Security Procedures in the Public Services

Instructing Physical Activity and Exercise

Practical Team Sports

Skills for Water-based Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Extended Diploma

Crime and its Effects on Society

International Institutions and Human Rights

Physical Preparation, Health and Lifestyle for the Public Services

Planning and Management of Major Incidents

Security Procedures in the Public Services

Understand the Impact of War, Conflict and Terrorism on Public Services

Instructing Physical Activity and Exercise

Practical Team Sports

Responding to Emergency Service Incidents

Skills for Water-based Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

These courses give a good technical training and education providing a vocational alternative to A Levels and the opportunity for successful students to progress to Higher Education. Students are normally aged 16 or over and the following requirements are needed:

Advanced Level 3 Suite:

  • Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma - (60 credits in 1 year)

An English GCSE at C (4) or higher plus a minimum of three others at C (4) or higher, including Maths or Science.

  • Level 3 BTEC 90 Credit Diploma - (90 credits in 1 year)

An English GCSE at C (4) or higher plus a minimum of four others at C (4) or higher, including Maths and Science.

  • Level 3 BTEC Diploma (120 credits)

An English GCSE at C (4) or higher plus a minimum of three others at C (4) or higher, including Maths or Science.

  • Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma - (180 credits in 2 years) (year 1 is a 90 credit stand alone Diploma)

An English GCSE at C (4) or higher plus a minimum of four others at C (4) or higher, including Maths and Science.

In addition Learning Areas may apply specific agreed aptitude assessments that assist selection.

Applicants for all courses in Public Services are expected to show a strong commitment to the industry and a strong personal statement

Learning and assessment

This study programme is pracitcal and will involve external visits, workshops and outdoor activities as well as underpinnign classroom theory sessions.

Assessments will include assignments, presentations and reports. There are no formal examinations on the Level 3 BTEC Diploma.

Progression

As a course equivalent to A Level the Level 3 BTEC Diploma is an ideal spring board for progression to a Foundation Degree or Full Degree depending on UCAS points gained.

Careers

Employment opportunities in Public Services and its related industries are currently very good. The Subsidiary, Diploma and Extended Diploma Public Services provides the qualification and experience for entry into the following services at an operational level with future prospects for management:

  • Fire Service
  • Royal Air Forces
  • Navy
  • Coastguards
  • 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

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.