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Public Services Level 3 Extended Diploma at Heart of Worcestershire College

Course description

Do you have what it takes to join the uniformed public services? Are you focussed, dedicated and self-disciplined and looking for a way in to this fast paced and exciting industry? Then this course could be the perfect option for you.

Aiming to prepare you for a career in the uniformed public services or give progression to the Higher National Diploma in Public Services, this course relies heavily on the ethos and ethics of all public services; teamwork, leadership, commitment, self-discipline, dedication and reliability. As part of the course and in order to prepare you for a career in the uniformed service all students will be expected to wear a specified uniform.

A variety of topics are delivered over two years these include; Leadership and Teamwork, Citizenship, Fitness Testing and Training, Planning and Management of Major Incidents, Custodial Care, Impact of War & Terrorism and Adventurous Activities. In addition you will be required to undertake a minimum of 30 hours’ work experience and/or voluntary work. You will learn through academic classroom based lessons which include lectures, student-led presentations, group discussions, and visiting speakers. Learning is also assessed through practical activities; sport and outdoor activities such as hiking, camping and abseiling. The ability to carry out independent research, write/type up assignments in their own time, and meeting deadlines are crucial qualities for every student. Students will attend mandatory residential courses and visits to a wide range of public service establishments and organisations to meet practical and written assessment criteria.

Entry requirements

Students must possess at least 5 GCSEs grades A-C (including English and maths).  Alternatively, students can progress to this course by completing a relevant Level 2 qualification at merit or above with Level 2 in English and maths.

Future opportunities

The skills gained will lead to many careers in all areas of military, emergency services, prison service, customs and excise or UK Border Agency either as civilian support staff or ‘frontline’ officers. The skills of problem-solving, teamwork, leadership, decision making and resilience are also transferable to many other careers; court services, youth offending, nursing, outdoor education.

Successful completion of this course will also allow you to progress either onto Higher National Diploma in Public Services at HoW College or to university to study in areas such as Criminology, Sociology, Forensic Psychology, Policing, Fire & Rescue Services, and Outdoor Education.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heart of Worcestershire College directly.

Last updated date: 29 September 2016

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    • Spires Theatre

      Always dreamed of being on stage? Look no further, our Performing Arts department boasts a professionally equipped theatre in St. Andrews' building with a state-of-the-art computerised lighting system, sound systems and multiple stages and seating positioning, giving you a platform to showcase your talent. As a Performing Arts student you will have the chance to participate in a variety of productions throughout the year. 

      The View

      Feeling peckish? The View is a place for you to grab a coffee, stop for a light snack or sit down for a full meal. It boasts a vast and ever-changing menu of freshly prepared snacks, meals, soups and cakes made by our Chefs and catering students. Looking out over the River Severn, The View is the place in college to meet friends over coffee, relax with a book over cake, or sit down for some enjoyable, wholesome, home-cooked food without any of the effort of cooking or preparing it yourself.

      Starbucks

      Make time for a milky latte and visit our Starbucks counter in The View. We have the only one in Worcester City Centre! So come sit back, warm up and relax with a cappuccino, or even grab a berry frappe to go!

      Nursery

      Our nurseries provide a happy, secure and stimulating place where learning through play is purposeful and fun! Our bright and spacious nurseries offer a wide range of flexible childcare for children aged 3 months to 5 years old. The nurseries are recognised as 'outstanding' by Ofsted who also praised the training received by staff, and the atmosphere that the children enjoy.

      St Dunstan's

      St Dunstan's is a state-of-the-art building dedicated to our creative arts and hair and beauty provision in Worcester. Short-listed for the prestigious AJ Retrofit Awards, this modern building is home to our hair and beauty salon, art and design studios and coffee shop making it the perfect place for students to explore their creative side. Our hair and beauty salon, Fountains is open to members of the public.