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Public Services Level 3 Vocational at Worcester Sixth Form College

Course description

This is a vocational course that focuses on the uniformed public services such as the police, armed forces and the fire service, and a range of topics such as Psychology, Sociology, PE and Outdoor Education. It is useful both in terms of moving on to Higher Education or employment, with increasing opportunities existing within the public services. 

Course content

A variety of activities will be used to reflect the structure of the units and to enable you to get a real feel for the public services, for example: 
  • Discussions
  • Guest speakers
  • Practical activities 
In the past a number of trips have been organised to a variety of locations, for example: 
  • Aztec Water Park and Go Ape
  • Expeditions to the Forest of Dean
  • West Mercia Police Headquarters at Hindlip to help the police train
  • Gloucester Police Riot Training
  • RAF Brize Norton
  • County Council Planning Department 
In addition to this there are numerous visiting speakers, demonstrations and activities provided by a range of uniformed public services, and voluntary sector organisations. 

Entry requirements

If a student does not have either GCSE Maths and/or English Language this must form part of their programme. Where a student has a high average GCSE score but needs to take both GCSE Maths and GCSE English Language then they will do this in combination with 2 or 3 AS levels or BTEC Certificates, or a BTEC 90-credit Diploma.

If you achieved grade D or lower for GCSE Maths and/or English these will be added to your programme of study.

High level of basic fitness. Willingness to participate in outdoor pursuits. Ability to meet deadlines. Basic IT skills



The Level 3 courses will have a variety of assessment activities, most of which is coursework. 
Coursework includes presentations, reports, practical observa-tions and peer assessments. 
External assessment could Include tests, examinations and controlled assessments. 
Level 3 assessment is by the submission of coursework for each unit. 

Financial information

Essential trips: Malvern Hills walk, Forest of Dean 2 day camp and walk, Forest of Dean Mountain Bike Ride, Go ape Wyre Forest, communications exercise Police HQ and 1 day water sports at Aztec Water park. Other trips which are optional: Meet the Marines, Midlands Soldier, RAF Brize Norton and Police Riot Training. Student costs: L2 First Award £30, L3 Certificate £30, L3 90 credit £90, L3 Extended Diploma £90 

Future opportunities

While many students progress to a career within the public service of their choice, Level 3 Public Services also provides a recognised progression route to university.

Further information

Resources and Facilities

  • Gym and Sports Centre
  • Course textbook, interactive ICT resources, VLE (virtual Learning Envronment) and DVDs
  • An extensive range of materials available in the Learning Resources Centre and in course base room.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years
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