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Public Services Diploma Level 2 at The Manchester College

Course description

If you’ve always wanted to become a policeman or policewoman, dreamed of becoming a firefighter, or would love a career in outdoor education, then this Level 2 Diploma in Uniformed Public Services is for you. Throughout the course, you’ll be developing all the skills and experience needed to enjoy a successful career in your chosen service. In the classroom, you might be exploring the different types of career paths and employment opportunities open to you, whilst outside, you’ll be training hard to increase your physical fitness. You’ll get to take part in expedition tasks and visit a number of outdoor pursuit centres to complete both water and land-based adventurous activities. As you build a wide set of skills, you’ll be honing your abilities for successful recruitment in a public service role.

Entry requirements

For this Level 2 Diploma, you should have at least four GCSEs at grade D or above, preferably including both English and Maths. You’ll also need to have a positive attitude, and be both committed and motivated. Due to Government changes to grading systems for GCSES in 16/17, please follow the below link to see specific entry criteria for school leavers School Leaver Entry Requirements


You’ll be assessed at various intervals during this one-year course, with both practical assignments and written tasks. Each will be designed to help your self-development and improve your skills.

Financial information

All full-time courses are free to 16-18 year olds who meet funding regulations. For further details please call the Course Enquiry Team on 03333 222 444.

Future opportunities

With this Level 2 qualification, you’ll be able to continue onto a Level 3 Diploma in Public Services with us here at The Manchester College. This will help you develop your skills and abilities even further, giving you the best possible opportunities for a career in public services. Link to Careers

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: 27 February 2017
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    • Northenden Campus is a large, welcoming campus, offering a wide range of courses for school leavers, apprentices, adults and university-level students. We’ve invested £2 million in the campus to make it a great place to study vocational and academic courses. We’ve created a wildlife haven within the grounds and wildlife corridors connecting the site to the beautiful Wythenshawe Park nearby. Some of the facilities at Northenden are open to the public, including beauty salons.

      Facilities at Northenden Campus include:

      • fitness suite
      • football pitch
      • games area
      • large library resource centre (LRC)
      • SkillZone with extensive IT tools
      • art and design workshops
      • canteen and coffee bar
      • purpose built kitchen for catering courses
      • woodwork, ceramics and jewellery workshops
      • photography studios
      • salons (open to the public)
      • wildlife corridors to Wythenshawe Park
      • wildflower meadows
      • habitats for wildlife
      • birdboxes

      Local area

      Northenden is a suburb of south Manchester. There are shops, a supermarket, restaurants and takeaways 15 minutes’ walk from the campus in central Northenden. There are also a small supermarket and shops closer to the campus. Northenden is surrounded by green space. The campus is minutes away from Gib Lane Wood and Wythenshawe Park which includes a community farm. It is also close to the Mersey Valley nature reserve; a riverside walk through miles of countryside and parkland.