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Edexcel BTEC Level 2 First Certificate in Uniformed Services at Cambridge Regional College

Course description

The course is full-time and takes one year to complete. The course consists of three core units, three specialist units and additional skills such as communication and information technology.

•  The Role and Work of the Public Services (Exam)
•  Working Skills in the Public Service Sector
•  Citizenship, Society and the Public Services (Exam)
•  Employment in the Public Services
•  Crime and its Effects on Society and Individuals
•  Land Navigation by Map and Compass

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.

Entry requirements

You will need 2 GCSEs at grade D or above AND/OR Successful completion of the Level 1 Diploma in Public Service.

Internal Applicants will need a BTEC Level 1 Diploma in Public Services.

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:
YMCA Level 2 Gym Instructor
Level 1 Football Coaching
Level 1 Basketball Coaching
Level 1 Badminton Coaching
Level 1 Rugby Coaching
First Aid
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:
Football (girls and boys)
Water Sports in France - white water rafting
Ski trip (Andorra)
PADI Dive course - Malta
Surfing - Portugal

Please note: there is an extra cost for these activities.

Financial information

We are committed to providing financial support to learners where it is available. We would actively encourage you to enquire about possible financial support as soon as you can. Depending on your situation, you may qualify for a contribution towards College costs such as kit, equipment, residential fees, meals, childcare etc. Enquiries can be made to

Future opportunities

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 First Certificate if you achieve a Merit grade overall you can progress to the 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.

As part of your course you may be accepted into one of our sports development centres. Currently we have development centres in:
* Football (male - linked to CUFC - and female)
* Basketball (male and female)

If selected for a development centre, you will be given the opportunity for professional coaching in your chosen sport and entry into national and international tournaments on top of your studies.

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.

Further information

We would encourage you to visit one of our Cambridge Regional College Open Days:

Saturday 4 March 2017 9.30am-12.30pm
Thursday 4 May 2017 5pm-8pm
Saturday 24 June 2017 9.30am-12.30pm

If you need any more information about any of our courses, please request a copy of our full-time prospectus or contact our Information & Advice Team on 01223 226315.

Students who currently attend a Cambridge Area Partnership school should apply online via or by using the Cambridge Area Partnership application form (depending on your school). Please ask your careers teacher at school.

Once we have received your application, you will be invited to attend a college Welcome Event, which gives you and your parents/carers the opportunity to have a look around the College, talk to the tutors and ask any questions you may have.

We look forward to seeing you at the College soon!

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: 06 September 2017
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