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Public Services (Uniformed) BTEC Diploma-Extended Diploma Level 3 at PETROC

Course description

Studying Public Services at Level 3 leads to a qualification with real value and great potential. You will be given the opportunity to improve fitness levels whilst studying topics such as politics and crime.

Course content

Possible career paths include the Police Force, Fire Service, Ambulance Service, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), Prison Service, Armed Forces and Rescue Services.

Upon completion of the Extended Diploma, students will leave with the equivalent of three A Levels. The study programme focuses on the knowledge, understanding and practical skills that lead to higher education or further training in the public services sector.

Modules include Government Policies and the Public Services, Leadership and Teamwork in the Public Services, Citizenship, Diversity and the Public Services, Understanding Discipline in the Uniformed Public Services, Physical Preparation, Health and Lifestyle for the Public Services, Understanding the Impact of War, Conflict and Terrorism, Outdoor Adventure Expeditions, Crime and its Effects on Society, and Current and Media Affairs in the Public Services.

We are looking for recruits with a positive attitude, adaptable personality and a real interest in the public services.

Entry requirements

All entrants must hold GCSE English Language at grade 4/5 or above and preferably GCSE Maths at grade 4/5 or above, amongst the 5 GCSEs at grade C required for entry. 

Entrants not holding a grade 4 in Maths, but who have a grade 2/3, will study GCSE Maths and take the examination at the end of the year. Completing first years will not be able to automatically continue into their second year without achieving GCSE Maths at grade 4.

We will also accept applicants who hold a Merit or above in a relevant Level 2 Diploma.


The assessment for the course is by assignment, this can involve case studies, video, interviews, posters, presentations and the production of written work. All units are assessed and graded and an overall grade for the Diploma is awarded as a pass, merit or distinction. 

You can expect to complete around 30 assignments per year.

Future opportunities

The skills you learn, both technical and practical, will be relevant to various areas of the public service sector and will prepare you for both higher education and the world of work.

Further information

The college has the use of an assault course, indoor climbing wall, sports hall, fitness suite, sports fields and local outdoor resources. Guest speakers and external visits to a range of uniformed public service providers are integrated into the programme.

Q. Do I need to be fit to start the course? 
A. No, but you do need to be prepared to develop your fitness towards your career goals and participate in practical sport and fitness activities towards completion of course content, which will be assessed.

Q. Do I have to join the uniformed services on completion? 
A. You will have the opportunity to develop personal skills and competencies that will be considered desirable by any employer, especially the Uniformed Public Services, however students should note that they will still have to meet the standards and requirements of the individual organisations.

Q. Will I be working at weekends? 
A. No, your lectures will take place between Monday and Friday, however residential opportunities may extend across weekends, on occasion.

Q. How many days a week do I need to attend college? 
A. The course programme will be determined at the start of the academic year and is subject to change dependent on course needs.

Q. How much time will I spend in the classroom?
A. The course is a level 3 programme and as such there is a strong academic element to the course. Approximately 80% of the time will be spent in a classroom or similar and 20% will be undertaking sports or outdoor adventure. There will also be a number of offsite events and activities which will replace classroom time.

Q. Do I need any specialised kit?
A. Yes, you will need indoor and outdoor sports kit plus walking boots and waterproofs. Specialised kit such as helmets and harnesses will be provided by Petroc.

Q. Will I get to go on a residential?
A. When possible the course includes a residential. There is also the opportunity to participate in an annual sailing trip with the Rona Sailing Project and we currently have funding for a small group of students to take part in a work based ski trip.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 February 2017

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