Accessibility links

Developing Leadership and Security Skills for Public Service (Gold) at Derby College

Course description

This Level 2 Public Services study programme is designed for learners with mid-level GCSE grades who did not achieve English and Maths at grade C or above.

The study pathway will focus on the achievement and skills development of maths and English while covering concepts of leadership and security within the Public Services. This study programme has the option of a further year's study at this level to complete a Diploma in Public Services.

Learners will need to be focussed on the completion of their skills programme in order to advance to higher level qualifications and to open up greater chances of employment. In both practical and theoretical settings, you will study what the Public Services can offer and where the employment growth markets are within the sector.

Course content

The course is made up of a number of units which can include:
  • GCSE English or Maths
  • Military Maths and/or Communication in Public Services
  • The role of the Public Services
  • Employment
  • Physical preparation
  • Work Placement
  • Citizenship
It also includes a tutorial session to monitor your progress, set targets and support your main programme of study, help your future progression and enhance your life skills. The completion of your GCSE will enable you to apply for higher level courses. Please enquire for details about how you can develop your skills at this level over two years.

Entry requirements

You will need to complete an interview and screening test in maths and English. The entry requirements for this course are five GCSEs graded between C-E. Your individual timetable will be developed around your skills needs.
The study programme will focus on the achievement of English and maths, with a Certificate in Public Services supporting the timetable.
You are expected to maintain high standards of discipline, punctuality and attendance. It is essential that you work to the deadlines set or you risk the chance of not achieving your programme of study.
Practical sessions are compulsory, so you must be physically able to
take part in both indoor and outdoor sessions. You will also be expected to volunteer on selected weekends throughout the year.


You will build a portfolio based around evidence generated by the various assessment methods in each unit. You are expected to work on multiple assessments at any one time. You will be assessed through practical demonstrations, logbooks and performance records, written reports and essays, presentations, workbooks, discussions and vivas. Maths and English will be assessed through course work, controlled assessment and final exam.  

Future opportunities

Further study
On successful completion, the course provides an excellent platform for progression to programmes in:
  • Level 2 Diploma in Public Services (Year 2)
  • Careers in Sport
  • Entry to the Uniformed Services
  • Preparation for the Police Force
  • Basic Expedition Leadership
You may also wish to seek voluntary or paid employment in the Public Services or in the security industry as a door supervisor, CCTV operator or security guard.  You can also apply for the Special Constabulary or reservist forces. You do not, of course, have to enter the Public Services as the skills gained on this course are transferable to a wider range of job areas. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Derby College directly.

Last updated date: 31 March 2016

Key information