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Public Services BTEC Diploma Level 2 at PETROC

Course description

Relevant for those seeking employment within 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.

Course content

This study programme aims to prepare you for the wide variety of careers in public services. If you're physically active and eager to learn, this is a really varied qualification that can give you a diverse range of learning experiences.

The programme content includes learning about the skills and qualities required to join the public services as well as how to plan and prepare for a career in one of them. You will learn about the work of the public services locally, nationally and internationally and how important good communication, teamwork and leadership are for ensuring their success. You will develop your own skills in these areas by completing challenging outdoor activities and spend the year working hard to improve your own physical fitness.

What we're looking for from you, is a real interest in public services and the kind of positive attitude that keeps you smiling even when you're wet and muddy!

Entry requirements

All entrants must hold 4 GCSEs at grade D or equivalent or above, to preferably include GCSE Maths at grade 3 or above and GCSE English Language at grade 3 or above.
Entrants holding a grade 2 or a 3 in GCSE Maths will study towards GCSE Maths to gain grade 4 or above. Those with a grade 1 or below will study Level 1 Functional Skills Maths and retake GCSE Maths in the following year.

Entrants holding a grade 2 or a 3 in GCSE English Language will study towards GCSE English Language to gain grade 4 or above. Those with a grade 1 or below will study the Level 1 Functional Skills English and retake GCSE in the following year. 

At the end of the year all learners are expected to have completed and achieved all the components of their Level 2 Study Programme and achieved a graded improvement in their Maths and English Language studies before being allowed to progress.

Every candidate is interviewed as part of the selection process.


Your assignments will take a variety of forms: personal or group presentations, reports, videos, role play, leaflets and fact sheets. A grade will be recorded for each of the outcomes and Functional Skill competences that the assignment has been designed to demonstrate and assess. 

The core/option module outcomes (outcomes of your learning) will be clearly stated using the Edexcel (BTEC) performance criteria. This shows what knowledge, understanding and skills you have to demonstrate to achieve pass, merit and distinction, which will be awarded for work that exceeds these standards of competence, and provide evidence of added value.

You will be given an appropriate amount of time to complete your assignments, normally at least a week for a major piece of work. All other work will be assignment based.

Future opportunities

On successful completion, your options are wide. Many students progress on to the Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Public Services. Our students often enlist into the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Royal Air Force, Army or one of the emergency services

Further information

Learning will take place in a variety of situations from practical days out to fitness sessions in the gym to leading lectures within the classroom. All lectures are geared towards the completion of assignments and they will be as practical as the BTEC specification allows.

Q. Do I have to enter the uniformed Public Services after completing the course?
A. No, many of our learners from the Level 2 programme go onto one of our Level 3 Programmes when completing the course. Few will go directly into public service employment at this stage, but there is a great opportunity to do so, especially if you want to enter one of the forces at entry level. 

Q. I'm not sure which Public Service I am interested in going into, will the course help me to decide this?
A. The course is very varied and aims to give you a taster of a range of different public service opportunities, including Ministry of Defence opportunities (Army, Navy, Marines, RAF) as well as blue light sector (Police, Fire, Paramedic). 

Q. There are some physical fitness elements to this programme, do I have to be fit to join the course?
A. Your level of fitness on entry is not important, however you need to have a positive attitude towards working to improve your own fitness levels in relation to Public Service entry requirements.

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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