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Public Services (Social Sciences) BTEC Level 3 Certificate/ Subsidiary Diploma at Worthing College

Course description

The course gives learners an opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding of the widespread nature of public sector employment. You will learn transferable skills such as teamwork, leadership and communication that will help you prepare for higher education or employment in this sector.

Course content

Year One

Unit 1: Government, Policies and the Public Services You will look at the different levels of government in the UK and the impact of government policies on the public sector. You will also be able to demonstrate how government policies are developed and understand the democratic election process.

Unit 2: Leadership and Teamwork This involves exploring the principles of team leadership and team work in the public sector and developing you own team working skills.

Unit 18: Understanding Behaviour in the Public Sector This involves developing an understanding of research in psychology and how this can help in managing behaviour and minimising conflict in the public sector.

Year Two

Unit 3: Citizenship, Diversity and the Public Services This unit is concerned with understanding the meanings and benefits of citizenship and society. We develop our understanding both of legal and humanitarian rights and also the role of public services in enforcing diversity and providing equality of service.

Unit 7: International Institutions and Human Rights This involves understanding human rights and the role of the UK and International bodies in upholding Human Rights.

Unit 12: Crime and its Effects on Society This unit examines crime and disorder legislation. You will study the effects of criminal behaviour on communities in addition to looking at approaches to reduce crime, disorder and antisocial behaviour.

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of four GCSEs at A*- C grade, including a grade C or above in a written subject, such as English.


There is no final written examination as you achieve your qualification through coursework assignments. This may involve written work, presentations and role plays. The work completed in each unit is graded as pass, merit or distinction.

Future opportunities

This qualification provides a good foundation to move on to public sector careers within organisations such as in the health sector, education, prison and security services and other government departments. It will also contribute to progression to higher education courses and provide valuable skills to help with any career involving working alongside others.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 August 2016
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