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Public Services BTEC Diploma Level 3 at North Kent College

Course description

The two year BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Public Services introduces you to the world of the Public Services.  This course has been developed to meet the needs of students who are serious about pursuing a career in uniformed public services. It will provide you with the opportunity to gain a realistic understanding of the features of each service and the expectations of serving the public. Areas of study include: government policies, teamwork, discipline, physical preparation, understanding the impact of war, conflict and terrorism on public services and crime and its effects on society.

The course is aimed at 16-19 year olds who have just completed their GCSEs, or are looking to get back into education to study in this expanding and desirable subject area.

Course content

The course consists of 10 units. Units:

Government, Policies and the Public Services

Leadership and Teamwork in the Public Services

Citizenship, Diversity and the Public Services

Fitness Testing and Training for the Uniformed Public Services

Planning and Management of Major Incidents

Career Planning for the Public Services

Employment in the Uniformed Public Services

Security Procedures in the Public Services

Skills for Land Based Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Responding to Emergency Service Incidents

The programme is taught through theoretical, practical and simulation work. Each lesson will provide you with assessment opportunities as you work to achieve your goals and targets. You will need an active passion for public services and working with the public. Your tutors will encourage you to discuss your own achievements as well as the issues in society. Much of your assessment will be online in the form of web logs (blogs) and discussion of key points.

The course will also include a range of day trips, careers talks, visiting speakers and residential trips.

Additional Courses*

During the course there will be opportunities to achieve other qualifications in addition to your main BTEC programme. These additional qualifications may include first aid and customer services.

Entry requirements

The course requires successful applicants to have 5 GCSEs grades A*- C; these must include English and Maths or a BTEC Level 2 Diploma at a Merit grade.  Successful applicants must also demonstrate a willingness to become involved in all aspects of public service work, including practical experience and working as a volunteer.


Will include: web blogs, presentations, practical demonstrations, posters, reports, leaflets, interviews and discussions.

Financial information

Tuition Fees: 16-18 - free

19+ Advanced Learning Loan - £TBC

Exam and Registration Fees (payable by all aged 19 and over): £135 (TBC) Other Costs (payable by all students): £50 Trip (TBC)

This course may also attract additional costs, for example, kit, uniform or books, that all students will be required to pay. Please contact the College for further details.

Future opportunities

If you have successfully completed your BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma Uniformed Public Services you may be able to progress to higher education, dependent on your overall achievement.

If you want to progress into employment the following areas may be suitable: Police Service, Fire & Rescue Service, Armed Forces, Prison and Ambulance Services.


Further information

During the course, there will be opportunities to achieve other qualifications in addition to your main BTEC programme. These additional qualifications may include, work skills, first aid and customer services.



How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 05 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course code: L3D110P / L3G112P
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  • Number of planned places: 40