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Public Services Level 3 90 Credit Diploma at New College Durham

Course description

This course leads to the award of the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Services.  This qualification will prepare you for a career within Uniformed and Public Service organisations. It is broadly equivalent to 3 A Levels. The Extended Diploma is 180 Credits, consisting of core and optional units. You may wish to gain the qualification in order to enter a specialist area of employment or to progress to a higher education foundation degree, HND or other professional development programme. 

The aims of the programme are to:

  • Provide an educational foundation for a range of careers in the Uniformed and Public Services
  • Provide specialised studies directly relevant to individual vocations and professions in which you are currently working or intending to seek employment
  • Enable you to make an immediate contribution in employment
  • Provide flexibility, knowledge, skills and motivation as a basis for future studies and career development
  • Develop your ability in Uniformed and Public Service environments through effective use of the knowledge and skills gained in different parts of the programme
  • Develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for successful performance in working life.

Course content

Core Units: • 

  • Government, Policies and the Public Services • 
  • Leadership and Teamwork in the Public Services (15 Credits) • 
  • Citizenship, Diversity and the Public Services (15 Credits) • 
  • Understanding Discipline in the Uniformed Public Services
  • Fitness Testing for the Uniformed Public Services

Optional Units: •

  • Skills for Land-based Outdoor and Adventurous Activities • 
  • Employment in the Uniformed Public Services • 
  • Planning and Management of Major Incidents • 
  • Land Navigation by Map and Compass • 
  • Exercise, Health and Lifestyle • 
  • Outdoor and Adventurous Expeditions
  • Command and Control in the Uniformed Public Services
  • Career Planning for the Public Services
  • Extended Research in Public Services

Entry requirements

The course is designed primarily for those who plan to enter employment and who have reached the minimum age of 16 years.  BTEC Level 3 qualifications have been designed on the assumption that they are available, without artificial barriers, which restrict access and progression, to everyone who can achieve the required standard.  However, individuals who enter with at least one of the following criteria are more assured of success:• 

  • Four GCSE passes at grade A* to C; (English and Maths) • 
  • A BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Public Services at Merit or Distinction • 
  • Any other appropriate Level 2 qualification at Merit or Distinction. • 

Mature applicants will be interviewed. Places on the Level 3 Extended Diploma are subject to minimum grade requirements as well as BKSB assessments in English and Maths and free writing exercises, to be held during the induction period.

Future opportunities

New College Durham has a long tradition of BTEC Level 3 Diploma students progressing to Higher Education courses at HND or degree levels.  It is likely that some students will take this Extended opportunity and the usual progression route would be via a Foundation Degree in Public & Community Services or equivalent qualification.

Related careers
Chief executive or senior official This unit group includes those who head large enterprises and organisations. They plan, direct and co-ordinate, with directors and managers, the resources necessary for the various functions and specialist activities of these enterprises and organisations. The chief executives of hospitals will be classified in this unit group. Senior officials in national government direct the operations of government departments. Senior officials in local government participate in the implementation of local government policies and ensure that legal, statutory and other provisions concerning the running of a local authority are observed. Senior officials of special interest organisations ensure that legal, statutory and other regulations concerning the running of trade associations, employers’ associations, learned societies, trades unions, charitable organisations and similar bodies are observed. Chief executives and senior officials also act as representatives of the organisations concerned for the purposes of high level consultation and negotiation.
Prison service officer (below principal officer) Prison service officers (below Principal Officer) direct, co-ordinate and participate in guarding inmates and maintaining discipline in prisons and other detention centres.
Fire service officer (watch manager or below) Workers in this unit group co-ordinate and participate in fire fighting activities, provide emergency services in the event of accidents or bomb alerts, and advise on fire prevention.
Police officer (sergeant or below) Police officers (Sergeant and below) co-ordinate and undertake the investigation of crimes, patrol public areas, arrest offenders and suspects and enforce law and order. Officers of the British Transport Police operate within the specialised police service for the railway network across Britain.
NCO or other ranks Those holding jobs in this unit group are full-time members of the armed forces of the UK, the Commonwealth and other foreign countries and perform military duties for which there is no civilian equivalent.
Business, research or administrative professional n.e.c. Workers in this unit group advise on the formulation and implementation of policy in the public and private sectors, develop and implement substantial business, statistical and administrative systems, and perform a variety of functions not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 242: Business, research and administrative professionals.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 April 2016

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