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Public Services - Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Uniformed Public Services at Wakefield College

Course description

Life in the public services can be challenging, rewarding, interesting, and exciting and you will require a variety of skills, knowledge, and expertise to succeed. This course at Wakefield College will help you develop all these qualities and give you an introduction to careers within this sector, whilst providing you with many other skills, such as communication and leadership skills, that are vitally important in all uniformed public service roles.

Course content

What you will study

A range of subjects to help develop your understanding and skills, including units such as: Planning and Management of Major Incidents, Health and Fitness for the Public Services, Law and the Legal System, Outdoor Activities and Expeditions, Leadership and Teamwork, Understanding Discipline, Citizenship and Government Policies. Maths and English are key elements of any full-time programme of study in College. If you do not already have a GCSE at grade A*-C (or new grade 9-4) in these subjects, you will be required to attend additional lessons in these areas that will be allocated on your timetable. These are varied study sessions, and are designed to cater for all ability levels. You'll receive advice and guidance regarding the correct level for you. Skills in Maths and English will support your future and your course, assisting you with assignment writing, research, job applications, presentations, managing your own finances and interpretation of data, to mention just a few. Most employers are looking for ability in these areas and the majority of university courses require you to have good Maths and English GCSEs, which is why the development of these skills are so important, whatever your field of study.


Your Course Structure

This course is mainly classroom based where you will develop your skills of independent study, but there are also practical and activity sessions that are integral to your studies. These include a number of off-site activity days and residential visits e.g. Army visits and Expedition ‘residentials’ (including hiking and camping).

How you will learn

Lectures, practicals, residentials - where you will be assessed in challenging situations - self-directed study and research, visits to and presentations from the uniformed and non uniformed public services.


Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at A*-C (new grade 9-4) including English and Maths
4 GCSEs at A*-C (new grade 9-4)
Level 2 Functional Skills in either English or Maths, and
Grade D (new grade 3) or Level 1 Functional Skills in the other

Level 2 Diploma in Public Services gaining a Merit portfolio grade.

In addition, you should have a good general standard of health due to the nature of some of the units that you will study. Most chronic conditions (e.g. asthma, epilepsy) would prevent an individual from successfully applying for many of the Public Services.



There are continuous assessments throughout the course. These consist of projects, presentations, physical demonstrations and written assignments. You may also be required to sit a controlled assessment as part of the course requirements; this will aid and develop your time management and rational thinking skills that will help you in your future career.

Financial information

Tuition and certification are free if you are aged 16-18 years old. Related additional costs may include materials, equipment, visits, residentials etc which are payable by all students.
Any student entered/registered with an Awarding Body who has been given free entry and then withdraws or is withdrawn by a tutor will incur the certification fee associated with the course. Any resit examination will incur a cost.

Different fees apply to international students.

For more detailed information on financial support and fees for students aged 19+ please contact the Financial Support Team on 01924 789304.

Future opportunities

Further study

Previous students have undertaken degrees in law, public policy, criminology, peace studies, psychology, sociology and many more. Wakefield College also provides the opportunity to continue your studies onto our Foundation Degree in Public Sector Management programme offered at our City campus.

Career opportunities

Entry into public services careers such as the Armed Forces, Police, Fire Service, Coastguard, Prison Service, Customs or other public organisations.

Further information

If you require further information please contact: The Course Information Team on 01924 789111

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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: 15 January 2018
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    • Wakefield College Crofton Academy (Postcode WF4 1NF)


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