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Public Services Level 2 at Sheffield College

Course description

This course is an introduction to the work of the uniformed public services and offers you the opportunity to develop the skills and personal qualities needed for further study or employment.

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
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.

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.
 
 

Course content

 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.

 

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at Grade 3 or above including English Language

Assessment

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.

 

Financial information

Money

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.

Free meals

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.

Travel passes

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:

  • Travel

  • Books and materials

  • Uniform and equipment

  • Essential course trips

  • NUS extra

  • DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
  • UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university

Future opportunities

Where can it lead?
 
Successful completion of this course with good attendance and punctuality and your tutor recommendation can lead to one of our Uniformed Public Services BTEC Level 3 Diploma courses or other appropriate course.

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.

 

Further information

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.

Open Days

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.

Last updated date: 17 October 2017
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    • Welcome to Hillsborough Campus

      Our Hillsborough campus in the north of the city is our creative hub with Art and Design, Photography, Fashion, and Music all based at the campus alongside more traditional courses such as A-Levels and our strong Sports base.

      The facilities at Hillsborough really have to be seen to be believed (why don’t you check out the tour!) from shiny Mac suites, which there are numerous, to sprung dance studios, a theatre and a TV studio.

      Hillsborough’s not just for those who are confident on the stage or in front of the camera, it also has a stage production workshop for set design and prop making, a wire tension grid which provides a strong, safe and virtually invisible platform for lighting changes to be made.

      Hillsborough also has a gym, a 3G sports pitch and a sports hall which is available for use for all, not just those studying Sport.

      If you need childcare, no problem! The Hillsborough campus has an Ofsted Outstanding rated nursery onsite.

      Address

      Hillsborough Campus, Livesey Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S6 2ET

      By Car

      From the M1 take Junction 33 onto the Sheffield Parkway.

      Take a right onto Derek Dooley Way/A61 and follow the A61 for approximately 2 miles.

      When you reach a KFC restaurant on your left and Owlerton Stadium on your right, turn right onto Livesey Street. Hillsborough Campus is located approximately 300 metres down Livesey Street, on the right hand side.

      Parking

      Unfortunately the only on-site parking available at Hillsborough is for Blue Badge holders (more access information can be found here), however there is pay and display on-street parking and car parks available nearby.

      By Train

      Once you arrive at the station your best bet is to hop on a tram – the train station even has its own tram stop. See the Tram section below for more details.

      By Tram

      Pick up a blue line tram heading towards Malin Bridge and get off at Hillsborough or Hillsborough Park – both of which are around 5 minutes away.

      You can use the Supertram website to plan your journey and get up to date information about fares.

      By Bus

      There are a number of different buses that stop near Hillsborough Campus – too many to list here in fact!

      Check out the Travel South Yorkshire website for further details.

      By Bike

      Hillsborough has secure bike storage on site. Please speak to Student Services to register and gain access to the storage facilities.

      Accessibility

      For accessibility information please see the Disabled Go website here.