This one year programme is designed for those wishing to take the first step in preparing for a career in the protective services. You will study 6 units and sit 2 exams and cover the broad spectrum of Public Services.
• The Role and Work of the Public Services (Exam)
• Working Skills in the Public Service Sector
• Citizenship, Society and the Public Services (Exam)
• Multi-day Expedition Experience
• Health, Fitness and Lifestyle for the Public Services
• Crime and its Effects on Society and Individuals
• Land Navigation by Map and Compass
• Security Procedures in the Public Services
Compulsory residential activities to develop team work and practical skills are an integral part of the course. There is an additional cost to cover these trips, day trips, sports kits, travel costs associated with team games or residentials, and guest speakers. This charge is paid at enrolment and is non-refundable. The Learner Support Fund is available and could help assist in paying towards these fees.
This course is designed for school leavers or adults who wish to take the first step in preparing for a career in the uniformed services, e.g.: Police, Ambulance, Fire, Armed Forces, Customs and Excise, Prison Service, Navy, Royal Marine Commandos. On completion of the Level 2 Extended Diploma if you achieve a Merit grade overall you can progress to the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Services or any other of the Advanced level qualifications we offer. This course does not guarantee entry into any of the uniformed services. However, it is designed to give you every opportunity to develop and improve the skills necessary for successful selection. This broad based course will also enable you to progress into a variety of sports and leisure related industries. The college has its own Army Cadet Detachment providing leavers with their first steps into the services. The cadets complete the cadet syllabus alongside their course developing skills and abilities that are required for the services.
You will need 3 GCSEs at grades 3 (D) in English and / or maths is desirable OR Successful completion of a full Level 1 Diploma in Public Service (pass required). Internal Applicants will need a BTEC NQF certificate. All internal targets set by tutor must be met. You will need to be dependable, energetic, prepared to work hard and willing to become a disciplined member of a team. In addition to the entry qualifications listed, the offer of a place on the course is subject to the outcomes of initial assessment, which will be taken at the College as part of the admissions process. Please note that entry criteria may vary quite significantly between courses at the same level. This is to take account of the specific skills needed for success on particular courses, the length of the course and the requirements for progression to the next level. Entry criteria are given as a guide, and the exact requirements in order to obtain a place on a particular course will be confirmed following attendance at a Welcome Event/Interview.
Each project, activity or assignment that you complete will be assessed. These assessments indicate your level of performance and contribute to your final grade. Each unit is graded Pass, Merit or Distinction. Assessment will be through practical and theoretical assignments. You will be required to take part in weekly physical activity. You will also be assessed on your physical fitness four times a year. You must be willing to take part in all practical activities and assessments. During your course you may have the chance to study the following additional qualifications available in our Academy: Personal Safety Awareness Functional Skills Drug Awareness GCSE retakes There may be a certification fee for these qualifications. During your time on the course you will have the chance to attend extra residential activities. These may include: Cross College Sports (girls and boys) Water Sports in France - white water rafting Ski trip Please note: there is an extra cost for these activities.