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Public Services (Level 3)

Key course information

Public Services


1 year

Full Time

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Course Overview

This course looks at the public service sector, its role in society and working in a public service organisation. You will also learn about social and political influences on the public services and begin to understand more about human behaviour and how it will affect your work. In addition, you will plan and undertake an expedition, develop leadership skills and learn about how to work in a team.You will have an opportunity to discover a variety of outdoor activities and develop personal confidence through challenging yourself and achieving things that maybe you didn't think you were capable of, making you fully prepared for the unexpected demands of a uniformed public service career.The activities will prepare you for the physical assessment necessary to get into the uniformed public services, as well as improving your personal fitness.

What will I learn?

The course is the academic equivalent of 3 full A-levels. You will study a variety of topics such as physical fitness, leadership skills, map reading, outdoor adventurous activities and equality and diversity.

You will study a range of units, such as:

Prepare for a career in a chosen uniformed service
Develop aspects of physical fitness for entry to the uniformed services
Develop leadership skills
Equality and Diversity
Collaboration between uniformed services
Skills for land-based outdoor and adventurous activities
Carry out map reading and navigation across open country

Units are subject to change.

You will learn and be assessed by a variety of different methods including formal reports, essays, presentations, residential activities and expeditions.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs grade C/4 and above, including English and Maths, or equivalent OR Merit or Distinction in a related subject at Level 2.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

Students will be expected to study at home and in college and will be required to complete a number of assignments by deadlines. There is continuous assessment through assignments. All students will be expected to participate in a relevant programme of work experience with the Armed forces.

The final qualification will be a NCFE Level 3 Extended Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services.

Additional Costs and Information

There will be a requirement to pay £275 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.

You will be provided with compulsory uniform (hoody and polo shirts) which must be worn on days when you are in college and on any out of classroom activity unless informed otherwise due to the nature of the activity. For physical activities students should wear a suitable light top and dark bottoms.

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.

This is a physically demanding course that will require continual fitness training.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

This course can lead to further progression into higher education with a Higher National Certificate (HNC) or Higher National Diploma (HND) in Crime and Criminal Justice course of study at Wiltshire College.Previous students have successfully completed Higher National Diploma qualifications at our Chippenham campus or have progressed to university to achieve Degree qualifications such as:Criminology and law Public services Sports science Outdoor educationThe course is also designed to prepare you for entry into a wide range of uniformed public services, for example:Police service Fire and rescue service Armed forces Ambulance services Security services and prison service HM Revenue and Customs

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