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Public Services (QCF) Edexcel BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate at Guildford College

Course description

Designed to be challenging, active, rewarding and diverse. Ideal if you are thinking about a career in the uniformed services.

This course aims to provide relevant education and training leading to employment within the Public Service industry. The course reflects a vocational approach to a diversified Public Service sector industry and aims to give a learning experience combining theoretical course study with practical skills in a competitive environment.

The course presents the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge required to access and embark on a successful career in a range of public uniformed services. The College provides unique outdoor facilities for mountain biking, orienteering and learning survival skills, including a woodland assault course. The course is taught by an expert teaching team with wide industry experience.

You will take part in trips and visits from external speakers and will have access to extensive outdoor facilities. The College has purpose built pitches for training, for football and rugby, as well as a weights room and sports hall. As well as this there are numerous local facilities including Surrey Sports Park (climbing, swimming, squash etc), Guildford Spectrum Centre (ice skating) and Quayside Water Sports (wakeboarding and waterskiing).

This course is suitable for anyone considering a career in uniformed Public Service - the Armed Forces, the Police, the Prison Service, HM Revenue and Customs, the Ambulance and Paramedic Services or the Fire and Rescue Service.


Course content

  • Role of the Public Service
  • Health and Fitness
  • Land Navigation
  • Expeditions
  • Working Skills
  • Sport and Recreation
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Crime
  • Citizenship

Entry requirements

2 - 4 GCSEs at grades D - E or above, including Maths and English, or a Level 1 qualification at Merit or above. You will need to pass the reference and interview process.



Written presentations, portfolios, verbal presentations, demonstrations and practicals. There will be clear College submission deadlines which will need to be met. Failure to meet these may result in failure to complete the course

Financial information

Due to the specific nature of the programme there are additional costs for clothing, visits, travel, outdoor activities and residentials. This will be approximately £350 for all years of the programme. Fees are payable at enrolment.

Future opportunities

Public Services Level 3 BTEC Diplomas. Careers with the Police, Fire, Ambulance, or Prison Services, Armed Forces or HM Revenue and Customs.

Further information

Independent study will be required to complete assignments in order to meet deadlines. There will be an expectation that you will partake in regular training sessions in your own time to maintain an appropriate level of fitness for this course. 

Lessons take place in purpose built classrooms using interactive whiteboards and the latest teaching techniques by enthusiastic staff that are highly qualified and passionate about entering a Public Service. As well as classroom based work, the course includes visits, guest speakers, team building, practical sessions, an expedition and outdoor activity residential.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 June 2016
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