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Extended Diploma in Public Services - Level 3 at South Thames College

Course description

This is for you if you want to take the first step towards joining the ambulance, fire, police or armed services. You'll develop practical skills, knowledge and understanding through typical activities you'll be expected to carry out serving the public. There's a strong focus on your own health, lifestyle and fitness. You'll take part in outdoor activities like map reading, high ropes and competitions organised by the services, this includes an overnight trip where you'll be observed performing command tasks to challenge your reactions and decision making. Your course will include key functional skills in communication. You'll do at least two visits to public service environments a term. Usually this includes the London Fire Brigade's fitness centre, a working prison and an emergency services' call centre. These trips give you the chance to talk to professionals and see real-life operations and help show you what your future could be.

Course content

Units include:

  • Understanding behaviour in public sector employment
  • Leadership and teamwork in public services
  • Physical preparation and fitness for the uniformed services
  • Government policies and the public services
  • Citizenship and diversity
  • Understanding discipline within the uniformed public services.

Entry requirements

Four GCSEs A*-C and English GCSE at A*-D; OR a relevant Level 2 diploma at least at merit plus English assessed by us to be at an appropriate level.


Continuous assessment through assignments and practical observations.

Future opportunities

From the 90-credit diploma, move up to the extended diploma. From the extended diploma, progress to university-level courses in public services or apply to start a career in the ambulance, fire, police or armed services.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 December 2015
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