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In Short

This course offers a range of diverse and exciting opportunities. This qualification has been developed to meet the needs of a broad spectrum of public service areas from uniformed roles in defence, emergency, security and justice, to non-uniformed roles in central and local government, as well as related voluntary and private sector agencies. You will gain a wide range of transferable skills needed for public service employment and have the opportunity to be involved in taster sessions, trips and visits. There will also be a programme of guest speakers. You will gain the knowledge, understanding and skills required for success in current and future employment, or for progression to courses such as BTEC Higher Nationals, Foundation degrees or Honours degrees.


Hear from one of our Public Services students, Rose, talk about what it is like to be a student at the College.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at Grade 4 (C) including English and maths (or equivalent) or a First Diploma with Merit profile. Mature students will be assessed on the basis of an interview.  You should be interested in all aspects of Public Services, outdoor activity and sport


Course Content

Year 1

Unit 2 – Behaviour and Discipline in the Uniformed Protective Services (external assessment)

Unit 4 – Physical Preparation, Health and Wellbeing

Unit 5 – Teamwork, Leadership and Communication in the Uniformed Protective Services

Unit 10 – Skills for Outdoor Activities and the Uniformed Protective Services

Unit 15 – Police Powers and the Law

Unit 17 – Understanding the Third Sector

Unit 19 – Professional Development in the Uniformed Protective Services

Year 2

Unit 1 – Citizenship and Diversity (Pearson-set assessment)

Unit 3 – Global Affairs, the Media and the Uniformed Protective Services

Unit 12 Developing Personal Fitness Programmes

Unit 6 – Government and the Protective Services (external assessment)

Unit 7 – Planning for and Responding to Emergency Incidents  

Unit 11 – Expedition Skills

Plus Work Experience and Industry Placements

Our programme of study includes visits from the Emergency Services and Police Services in addition to presentations and practical activities with the Armed Forces such as the Army, Royal Marines and Royal Navy.  There will also be an opportunity to visit various different Uniformed Public Services where you will have the opportunity to interact with serving personnel.


How will I be assessed?

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



Students who completed this course have gained places on courses such as FdA Public Services, BSc (Hons) Sports (Health & Fitness) and BA (Hons) Sports Management at institutions such as Bournemouth University, Winchester University and University of Bath. They have also gone onto study BSc Policing Studies, BSc Public Services and BSc Public Services (Policing).



The College library has an extensive lending and reference book stock, in addition to some videos and journals. 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 outdoor and sports kits.



If you are aged 16-18 as of 31st August on the year of enrolment – no course fee. If you are over 19 as of 31st August and enrolling on a full-time programme of study a tuition fee will be applicable in most cases, please contact us for full information. Bursary Funds: There are financial support arrangements for 16-18 year olds and hardship funds available for the over 19s. Please contact our Information Centre for details of costs and concessions on 01305 208808 or email: Rehabilitation of offenders: To help us look after students and assess risks, you will be asked to declare any unspent criminal convictions when you apply to do a course at Weymouth College. We are committed to providing an inclusive learning environment for all. We welcome people with additional learning needs and/or disabilities and those from diverse backgrounds in all minority groups within the community, ensuring students receive fair treatment when studying at Weymouth College. Copies of the College’s Equality and Diversity policies can be found in the Library.

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