Public Services Level 2 at Sheffield College
The course is made up of a range of units. You will learn about areas such as Public services skills and teamwork and leadership
- Uniformed public services fitness
- Map reading and expedition skills
- The value of sport and recreation in the public services
- Uniformed public services career paths
- Adventurous activities in the public services
- Crime and its effects
Depending on your choice of campus, course enrichment activities include visits to places such as a Territorial Army base, Magistrates courts and climbing wall as well as a variety of activities including abseiling, Tae Kwondo sessions, gorge walking and activities on army physical development activity days. Residential visits offer you the chance to visit army bases and outdoor adventure activity centres. A range of public service organisations and guest speakers come into college.
Experience of work can include working with community and voluntary organisations, major incident simulations with the fire service and work supporting police training.
- Uniformed Public Services students are expected to wear a course polo shirt and appropriate clothing when at college, but especially when representing the college on visits
- You may be entitled to help from the college’s Learner Support Fund with the cost of trips, visits, uniform and anything else you need to buy for your course.
At the Sheffield College you will learn from highly qualified staff with a range of academic and public services work related backgrounds. Our students benefit from our good partnerships with the local emergency services and public sector employers.
Depending on the campus you choose to study at the excellent facilities for our uniformed public services students can include:
- Adventure training area with low ropes and obstacle course
- Climbing wall
- Combat zone
- Emergency incident training area
- All weather sports pitch
- Gym and sports hall
- IT facilities
School pupils in Sheffield should apply on-line with the help of their school. Other students can apply using a paper application form available from any college campus, by phoning 0114 2602600, or downloading one from our website.
This course is suitable for those interested in a career in the uniformed public services. It is important that you have a positive outlook and a willingness to step out of your comfort zone by trying different activities. You should come with a reasonable level of fitness and stamina, have commitment to the course, and be able to deal with discipline. As BTEC courses are coursework - based programmes with no formal exams, excellent attendance and punctuality is a key to success.
4 GCSEs at Grade 3 or above including English Language
The BTEC course is assessed by course work. Assessment methods include written assignments, worksheets, role plays, practical assessments, observations and workbooks. There are no formal exams, although you may be asked to take small tests at times to assess your understanding.
Approximately 40% of the course is practical and 60% is classroom work. There will be regular walks in the local area to practise navigation skills and camp-craft. Taking part in a range of sports and fitness activities is a fundamental part of the course.
At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.
If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.
Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.
Learner Support Fund
If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:
Books and materials
Uniform and equipment
Essential course trips
- DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university
Future career opportunities could include working in the armed forces, police service, fire service, ambulance service, UK Border Agency, outdoor activity centres, prison service, security services, civil service, local government and voluntary organisations.
Uniformed Public Services students are expected to wear a uniform which includes a course polo shirt and appropriate clothing when at college, but especially when representing the college on visits.
You may be entitled to help from the college’s Learner Support Fund with the cost of trips, visits, uniform and anything else you need to buy for your course.
Why not come and see for yourself. Visit us on one of our open evenings and meet the people who will be teaching you, have a chat about what the course involves and look round our fantastic facilities where you’ll be learning.
Our City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will be open on the following days:
- Thursday 12th October 2017, 3.30pm - 7pm
- Monday 20th November 2017, 3.30pm - 7pm
- Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
- Wednesday 7th March 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
- Thursday 17th May 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
How to apply
You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.