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Uniformed Public Services Level 3 (Conv) Extended Diploma at Northumberland College

Course description

The course is suitable for those that wish to learn how the Uniformed Public Services work. Those that are interested in a career in the emergency services, armed forces, judicial services or who wish to advance onto the Extended diploma in Uniformed Public Services. The Extended Diploma gives you a greater understanding of the Uniformed Public Services. This qualification carries UCAS points and can help you gain access to university. Students have gone onto study, politics, law and criminology. Gaining the equivalent of 180 UCAS points can help you enter officer training.

Course content

Subsidiary year 1 You will study exciting units including:- leadership and teamwork; what makes a good leader and how does a good leader show their skills and qualities; Practical teamwork tasks with uniformed agencies; Health and fitness; how we keep fit, why we keep fit and what tests and assessments the uniformed services use; Map and navigation, how to read a map, create route cards and complete day walks in Northumberland; Major Incidents, what is a major incident and how the uniformed services plan for them; Practical scenario exercises with the emergency services. Extended year 2 You will study exciting units including:-Behaviour; why do those in the uniformed services behave in a certain way and how to manage it; War and terrorism, how does war and terrorism effect the uniformed services; what do they do and why and how do we counter act it; Land Based activities, high ropes, zip wire and rock climbing; Command and control, what does good command look like and how do we become a good commander. Throughout the course you will have activities with agencies which could include the: Army, RAF, Royal Navy, Emergency Services, Outdoor Education.

Entry requirements

You need at 4 A to C grades at GCSE (English language and maths preferable). A merit grade at a full level 2 subject relevant course eg Level 2 Diploma in Public Services Extended Year 2 A Subsidiary diploma plus 30 extra credits achieved with a full first year completed.


Your progress will be assessed by a range of methods including practical assessments/ observations, written assignments, and identification tests. The course is 100% course work.

Future opportunities

After completing the year 1 you could either progress on to year two (as long as all course work is completed and you have an acceptable attendance and behavior record) or look to gain employment into the uniformed services. After completing year two you could apply to university to study, law, politics or criminology. You could also look to gain employment into the uniformed services.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 May 2016

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    • You will benefit from excellent facilities that are of industry standard so you'll be prepared for your future career.

      We have recently invested £6.5 million at the campus and our excellent training facilities include:

      • Dedicated studio space for art, design, fashion, textiles and photography
      • Replica aircraft for cabin crew training
      • Luxurious hair and beauty salon with nail bar and individual treatment rooms
      • Engineering and advanced manufacturing workshops equipped with the latest technologies
      • Spacious motor vehicle workshop with five vehicle bays and diagnostic equipment
      • Large construction workshops dedicated to carpentry and joinery, highways, brickwork, tiling and painting and decorating
      • Electrical installation workshops
      • The Gallery restaurant, modern 40 seat commercially run modern restaurant
      • Fully equipped industry standard commercial kitchens
      • Health skills room
      • A choice of places to eat and catch up with friends
      • Learning Resource Centre with a range of learning material resources, an IT suite and quiet study areas.