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This course aims to provide you with an understanding of the uniformed public services sector where there will be a chance to investigate career opportunities in the uniformed services and prepare for a uniformed service interview.You will develop an understanding of the personal commitment and fitness requirements needed to be employed in a uniformed service role as well as an understanding of the importance of health and hygiene for those in the uniformed services.There will be the opportunity to understand and develop the skills and qualities needed to work in a range of uniformed services e.g. teamwork, communication, problem solving, navigation and drill.The objective of this qualification is to help inform and prepare you for the uniformed services. It will enable you to prepare to make an application or provide a basis for further study and progression towards the entry qualification of a specific service.
What will I learn?
You will study a variety of units throughout the year including:
Investigate employment in the uniformed services.
This unit will help you prepare for application to the uniformed services. You will learn about the different roles involved in uniformed services and how the uniformed services operate. You will be given the opportunity to assess you own career goals and refine your interview skills
Physical fitness for the uniformed services
Within this unit you will learn about fitness testing used by a uniformed service and about the required standards of physical fitness. You will be given an opportunity to assess your own fitness against specific criteria and to develop and refine a personal programme of fitness training to help you achieve and maintain the levels of fitness necessary for admission to your chosen uniformed service. You will also consider how diet and exercise contribute to overall fitness.
Develop team working and problem solving skills
You will learn how to plan for team working and will become familiar with team dynamics and review and feedback techniques.
Health and Safety in the uniformed services
In this unit issues related to health and safety will be explored. You will become familiar with methods for identifying and reducing hazards and risks. You will also gain knowledge of safe manual handling and the control of hazardous substances.
Health and hygiene in the uniformed services
This unit will examine the importance of maintaining personal hygiene and the risks associated with poor personal hygiene. You will also explore the concepts of infection control and stress management.
Follow uniformed service routine
You will learn how to demonstrate efficient foot drills to specific commands and learn how to avoid common problems in drill. You will become familiar with service routines and duties that will be expected of them within the uniformed services.
Exploring equality and diversity for the uniformed services
This unit aims to establish some of the key definitions and concepts associated with equality and diversity. This includes stereotyping, labelling, prejudice and discrimination and the effects these have. Learners will also consider the role that the uniformed services play in a diverse society.
Carry out map reading and navigation
You will become familiar with the main aspects of map reading and navigation. You will learn how to read different types of maps and how to apply these readings using practical navigational skills. You will learn how to use compasses, route maps and grid references and how to use these tools to undertake orientation exercises and how to walk on bearings.
Undertake adventurous activities
In this unit you will learn about different types of adventurous outdoor activities. You will become familiar with the equipment and skills needed for participation in activities. You will gain an understanding of the environmental concerns related to each activity and will learn how to ensure your own personal safety while participating. You will become familiar with the legislation involved in adventurous outdoor activities and will learn the importance of safety procedures while undertaking such activities.
4 x GCSE at grade D or above (or equivalent) including maths and English, or successful completion of a relevant subject at Level 1.
Candidates should be physically and medically fit, enthusiastic and willing to work hard. You will need to attend a selection day and interview at college.
Study, Assessment and Qualifications
You will be continually assessed through practical observation and written assessment. The qualification is graded between pass, merit and distinction. Directed self-study will be required.
A completed portfolio of work will be handed in and assessed during and at the end of your course. You will also be assessed on the areas of punctuality, attendance and physical fitness.
Additional Costs and Information
There will be a requirement to pay £200 for a variety of compulsory course related expeditions and outdoor activities. You will also require some personal items e.g. waterproof jacket and trousers/rucksack etc. for use during some of the expeditions and activities.
There will also be a requirement to purchase a uniform at a cost of approximately £74. This will be available to purchase from the College Shop here: http://www.clubwebshop.com/a-z/clubs/wiltshirecollege/club-bundles
Financial assistance may be available for learners who qualify. Learners should contact Customer Services at the college for further details and a bursary application form.
Learners will be required to undertake a minimum of 30 hours of work experience with the British army. This is also a physically demanding course that will require continual fitness training and testing.
What Could I Do Next?
On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses
Upon successful completion, you should be prepared for the entrance tests to the public services.If you also achieve the correct grades in English and maths then following a successful interview you will be able to progress on to the Level 3 90 Credit Diploma in Public Services or other equivalent level qualifications, such as the Level 3 Diploma in Sport.