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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

Could you work as part of a well trained and professional team? This course provides excellent training for young people wishing to pursue a career with the Army, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, Prison Services, Police or Fire Services. Your tutor will assist youin investigating different 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 fitness testing, the level of fitness required by the uniformed services and how to design and complete your own fitness programme.Team work is an essential part of life in a uniformed service and you will be taught about action plans and time management as well as completing a number of team tasks. You will discover the issues surrounding health and safety and complete a short first aid course. Candidates will also learn about map reading and navigation, study different types of maps and be told how to read them before using these skills during the summer residential package.

Sport is a big part of uniformed life and you will participate in a competitive team sport and gain an understanding of the rules and regulations of that sport. You will also be given the opportunity of organising a sporting competition.

During the adventurous outdoor activities module, candidates learn about different outdoor activities and how to use the relevant equipment. You will even get an opportunity to participate in selected activities such as rock climbing, kayaking, improvised rafting and orienteering.In addition, you will learn aboutthe manyaspects of communications and assist in motor vehicle maintenance.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry qualifications. All students are required to attend an interview prior tobeing 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 valuespractical 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.There are no formal entry qualifications. All students are required to attend an interview prior tobeing 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 valuespractical 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.

Assessment

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 course students can progress to the NCFE Level 3 Certificate in either the Entry to the Uniformed Services, Professional Development for the Outdoor Industry or Personal Effectiveness in Work. Youcan also apply for the NCFE Certificatein Basic, Key or Employment Skills. Alternatively candidates could take a NFCE Level 2 Certificate in Activity Leadership or Sports Coaching or complete a NVQ Level 2 Public Services qualification.

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: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year

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