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In Short

This course is a practical, work-related course where you will study the BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Public Services qualification. You will learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on workplace situations, activities and demands. You will spend time learning both in and outside of college to gain a greater understanding of careers in the emergency uniformed services, and have the opportunity to meet with a range of employers. You will gain the knowledge, understanding and skills required for success in current and future employment, or for progression to higher level courses. This course will be delivered in combination with the Preparation for Work in the Military Services course to give students the overview of both career pathways.


Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs grade 3 (D) or above including maths and English or level 1 in related subject. Mature students will be assessed by interview. You should be interested in all aspects of public services, outdoor activity and sport.


Course Content

  • Employment in the uniformed public services
  • Public services skills
  • Volunteering in the public services
  • Land navigation by map and compass
  • Adventurous activities and teamwork for the public services
  • Sport and recreation in the public services
  • Career planning for the public services
  • Improving health and fitness for entry into the uniformed public services.

In addition to this, if you are a talented individual, aged 16-19 and committed to developing your sports performance while studying, you may also be able to participate in one of our Academies – Football or Tennis. How do the Academies work? Academy players will have a timetable with coaching and playing sessions built in. This enables you to study on a full-time course and play/train for the Academy team without missing key lecture time. The Football Academy is coordinated and run by experienced and qualified coaching staff who deliver a first-class football performance programme.  Professional and FA qualified coaching team • Competitive matches in British Colleges SW regional league • Sports injury staff • Cup competitions • Excellent training and playing facilities (including new 3G artificial pitch) • Academy kit

The Tennis Academy has access to four indoor courts so runs all year around. The Academy is coordinated and run by experienced and qualified coaching staff who deliver a first-class tennis performance/coaching development programme. • Professional and LTA qualified coaching team • Competitive matches and British Colleges regional competitions • Sports injury staff • Opportunity to develop coaching skills and gain recognised awards • Excellent training and playing facilities (including access to 4 indoor tennis courts)

Academy selection process: To be considered for the Football Academy, you need to attend a formal trial in May where a squad will be selected for the coming year. Players that do not make the Academy squad still have an opportunity to play for the College through the second team. To be considered for the Tennis Academy you need to attend a formal trial in September where a squad will be selected.


How will I be assessed?

All units are assessed and graded giving an overall grade for the qualification. Assignments will involve individual and group work, and will require full completion of investigations, reports and presentations.



You may progress to the Level 3 Public Services BTEC Extended Diploma.



The College library has a wide variety of books relevant to the course that are available to borrow. You will be expected to purchase some books and you will be advised of this nearer the start of the course. For practical elements you are required to have appropriate kit including a compulsory kit element costing £65.



If you are aged 16-18 as of 31 August on the year of enrolment – no course fee. If you are over 19 as of 31 August and enrolling on a full-time programme of study a tuition fee will be applicable in most cases. Bursary funds There are financial support arrangements for 16-18 year olds and hardship funds available for the over 19s.

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