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Entry to the Uniformed Services at Queensbury School

Course description

This course is offered by ‘Go Live’. Go-live is a programme of learning that allows students to study for a vocational qualification. Two days each week you will be out of school with a training provider and the remaining days will be in school working on other projects. The programme is for students aged 16-19.

Course content

Are you keen to experience life in one of the many uniformed services? This course provides basic skills for young people wishing to pursue a career in the Army, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, Prison Services, Police or Fire Services. The course will investigate types of employment in the uniformed services such as plumber, bricklayer, carpenter, blacksmith, medic, driver, fire fighter, draughtsman, communications expert, pilot, diver, engineer, mechanic, chef and many more.

You will explore aspects of physical fitness and learn about the level of fitness required by the uniformed services. Team work is an essential part of any uniformed service and your training will teach you about developing team skills and self discipline. You will discover the issues surrounding health, safety and emergency care. Candidates will also learn about map reading and navigation, study different types of maps and be told how to read them.

Sport is widely encouraged in uniformed life and you will be expected to fully participate in a competitive team sport and gain an understanding of the rules and regulations of that sport.

During the adventurous outdoor activities module, candidates learn about different outdoor activities and how to use the relevant equipment. You will get an opportunity to actually participate in selected activities such as rock climbing, kayaking, improvised rafting and orienteering.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry qualifications. All students are required to attend an interview prior to being accepted onto the course and will need to carry out a basic skills assessment.

What we are looking for are enthusiastic students who genuinely want to improve themselves. Academic ability, although important to all courses, is secondary to commitment and a willingness to work hard. This is a course that values practical skills and the ability to work with others in school and at an external training provider.

If you are interested in this course, you must speak to your Head of Year in the first instance.


To support the practical side of the course you will be expected to complete a portfolio of written work. The course is assessed through regular observations and practical assessments and you will have access to a one-to-one review of your learning plans when you will be given written feedback.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of the NCFE Level 1 Certificate for Entry to the Uniformed Services students can progress to NCFE Level 2 Certificate in either the Entry to the Uniformed Services, Outdoor Activity Leadership or Sports Coaching. You could also apply to complete a NCFE Certificate for IT users or a Certificate in Basic, Key or Employment Skills. Alternatively you could study for a NVQ Level 2 in Public Services. Successful students may also wish to consider applying to one of the uniformed services for employment.

Further information

Please contact Mr Gray for further information.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year