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Public Services Diploma Level 1 at West Suffolk College

Course description

This vocational course introduces learners to all the key areas relating uniformed public services. The structure of the course provides a real feel and insight into public service careers, including the army, police and fire service. Throughout the course, opportunities are provided to develop a variety of public service skill areas such as; leadership, health and fitness, personal skills, teamwork and self-management skills. A career in the public services is bought to life through a variety of speakers and visits to see the services in action, giving a real insight into the possibilities a career in public service can bring.


Course content

Learners are timetabled for three days per week and classes run between 9.15am and 4.45pm. Visits to see the public services at work together with sporting activities are arranged to support the curriculum.

Any student aged 16 to 19 who does not hold a GCSE A* to C (9 to 4 on the new grading structure) or equivalent qualifications in Maths and English by age 16 will need to continue to study these subjects in each academic year.


Entry requirements

Entry is by interview. Applicants will need to be motivated and show a genuine interest in public services as a career. In order to achieve the level 1 diploma, learners will need to have a mature and responsible outlook to their studies. Students who have not achieved a GCSE grade D in Maths or English will be required to achieve a pass at level 1 in Functional Skills in both subjects. There will be opportunity to progress to level 2 in functional skills when appropriate.



Students will achieve a BTEC Level 1 Diploma in Public Services together with either a level 1 or level 2 in Maths and English functional skills or GCSE.


Future opportunities

The course is well suited to learners who would like to progress to the Level 2 Diploma in Public services, along with GCSE Mathematics and English. Public service students are highly thought of in the workplace because of their personal skills and ‘can do’ attitude.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact West Suffolk College directly.

Last updated date: 13 December 2016
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