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Public Services BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Richard Taunton Sixth Form College

Course description

This is a one-year course for students who have completed an entry level or foundation course and wish to enter a uniformed public service or progress onto a Level 3 course.

Course content

You must finish 30 credits to complete the course. These credits are divided amongst 3 units which everyone must study and are delivered through the year:

Sport and Recreation in the Public Services (10 Credits)

This unit Improves health and fitness for entry to the uniformed public services.

Public Services Skills (10 Credits)

This unit develops teamwork, interpersonal skills, writing skills and speaking and listening skills.

Adventurous Activities and Teamwork for the Public Services (10 Credits)

This unit requires you to undertake outdoor adventurous activities and review your skills and techniques in the outdoor environment.


Entry requirements



  • Four GCSEs at grade D (including English and Mathematics) OR a GNVQ Foundation at Merit and a willingness to learn and progress
  • You will need to show evidence of regular participation in a physical activity or community work
    • You will be required to use initiative and be organised in order to meet assignment deadlines
    • You will need to be able to work on your own and in a group, and produce some written reports
    • You must able to and participate in orgainised team activities both physical and mental


Your assessment will be based on your portfolio of work which will be graded at pass, merit or distinction for each of the units you have studied.

Financial information

On this course there is a £150 annual charge for activities which is payable in two installments, one at enrolment in September and the second at the beginning of the spring term. Payment is via the Payment Portal on the college website.

Future opportunities

This course is suitable preparation for progressing to an advanced course, providing you achieve at least merit grades. It would also provide a foundation for entering the public services at a later stage.

Further information

You will be introduced to each new topic and then be required to carry out some of your own research in order to complete a set assignment. Some assignments will require a written report, some a presentation or display. You will be expected to take part in role-plays and simulations. Sometimes you will be working on your own, and at other times in a group or team. There will also be a number of off-site visits to develop personal skills. Some of your time will be based in a room with computing facilities.

All books for reference will be provided, as well as access to relevant magazines, online articles and journals.

In addition to this course you will also have the opportunity to re-sit a GCSE in English or Mathematics, which is required if you have not yet achieved a grade C in these subjects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richard Taunton Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 31 October 2016

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