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Extended Diploma in Non-Uniformed Public Services BTEC Level 3 at St Helens College

Course description

This course is designed to provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge to launch a successful career within the public sector.

You will explore what drives people to commit crimes, the legal system and the current response to global issues such as terrorism. You'll also develop a thorough understanding of human rights and how technology is used in public sector organisations.

There is also the opportunity to take part in a range of events and activities, in addition to hearing from special guest speakers with years of experience in their chosen professions.

Course content

During this course, you will cover the following:

  • Citizenship, diversity and the public services
  • Government policies and the public services
  • Leadership and teamwork in the public services
  • Public service data interpretation
  • Enhancing public service delivery through the use of ICT
  • Physical preparation, health and lifestyle
  • International institutions and human rights
  • Understanding the impact of war conflict and terrorism
  • Outdoor and adventurous expeditions
  • Skills for land-based and adventurous activities
  • Skills for water-based outdoor and adventurous activities
  • Crime and its effects on society
  • Planning and management of major incidents
  • Extended research in public services
  • Current and media affairs in public services
  • Practical team sports
  • Instructing physical activity and exercise

Entry requirements

You should have five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and maths.

English and maths forms an important part of your future, ensuring you achieve the best success in your chosen career. But don't worry, if you haven't got the desired grades, we will still have a course available for you.


You will be assessed through a combination of assignment work, observations, practical activities and presentations.

Financial information

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2016), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. 

Future opportunities

Upon successful completion of this course, you will have the opportunity to progress onto University Centre St Helens with an FdA in Criminal Justice, leading to a BA (Hons), accredited by prestigious university partner, University of Chester. Alternatively, you may choose to study for a degree in criminology, social policy and administration or youth work and policing at another university.

This qualification could also lead to employment within the local government, HMRC, Department of Working Pensions, NHS and the Civil Service.



How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 August 2016

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