Uniformed Public Services BTEC Level 3 Diploma at Bicton College
This unique combination of Military Skills + Academic achievement + life skills gained during the course will provide all successful students with an excellent stepping stone to either the military, public services, further education or wider employment.
Based at the stunning location of Bicton College, with its excellent facilities and close proximity to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, Woodbury Common, Dartmoor National Park and the City of Exeter; residential preparation courses are designed to provide the essential skills, environment and resources to ensure the best possible preparation for both the rigorous entry process and successful completion of training for your career in the military.
A 30 week course with the Jurassic Coast, Woodbury Common and Dartmoor on our doorstep, giving you the best possible preparation for entry into public or military services. The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme forms an important element of this course.
With a qualification in Military and Public Services you could be employed in the:
- Navy (RM) Commando
Or alternatively other uniformed public services:
- Fire Service
- Ambulance Service
- Prison Service
Military Services - the facts
The armed forces today offer a wide range of jobs, and can be called upon to operate in many roles around the world. In an increasingly fast-moving world, they come into contact with a wide variety of cultures, situations and environments. We need people with talent, energy and motivation, who have the ability to work under pressure and thrive on new challenges.
Areas of Study
The course has 3 main objectives:
• Prepare you for life primarily in the military or alternatively uniformed public services by providing a structured, disciplined and realistic programme, softening the transition from civilian life to the level required for uniformed service.
• Achieve a Military BTEC in Uniformed Public Services and functional skills level 1 in English and maths.
• Individual development training with study and organisational skills, outdoor education to promote team work, ethos and resourcefulness, with an introduction to the Armed Forces Careers Office and Uniformed Public Service recruitment teams to set
individual goals, paving the way for your career development.
• As part of the first year you will also do the 30 week military basic course. This is done in conjunction with the level 2 courses. This is followed by 6 weeks to complete 9 units equivalent to 1.5 A-Levels and Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award
• Complete the 2nd year Extended Diploma of 35 weeks by studying 9 further units equivalent to 3 A-Levels and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award
• Revision on military elements and more advanced military skills will be introduced during the Diploma and Extended Diploma to ensure continuing development
Year 1 – Diploma
• Government policies
• Leadership and teamwork
• Citizenship, diversity
• Understanding discipline
• Physical preparation, health and lifestyle
• Fitness testing and training
• Outdoor and adventurous expeditions
• Command and control in the uniformed public services
• Crime and its effect on society
Year 2 – Extended Diploma
• Skills for land and water-based outdoor and adventurous activities
• Police powers in the public services
• Planning and management of major incidents
• Aspects of the legal system and law making process
• Current and media affairs in the uniformed public services
• Exercise, health and lifestyle
• Instructing physical activity and exercise
Military skills BTEC Level 1
• Military Level PT
• Drill discipline, teamwork and co-ordination
• Weapons training and marksmanship
• Communications and voice procedure training
• Resource and initiative (adventure) training
• Field craft skills with a completion test incorporating PT and navigation
• Map reading / navigation – by day and night with a team endurance march on Dartmoor
• Develop survival skills, resilience and mental toughness
• Husbandry skills, management and time management
• Presentation, interview, financial management and forward planning
• Teamwork, ethos and core values
• First Aid training
• Introduction to tactical training
Students who are successfully selected for the programme will not be obliged to commit to a career in the Military or public services; although it is very likely that you will have gained an interest in joining on completion of the Academy programme. To join the Military Academy, candidates will have to demonstrate a strong commitment to developing themselves both personally and academically.
Potential students will also need to be medically fit and be aged between 16 and 25 in the year of entry to the Academy. Other restrictions may apply due to Ministry of Defence recruitment requirements and more information on these can be obtained from Armed Forces Careers Offices. Potential applicants are asked to familiarise themselves with this information in order to manage their expectations and expedite their applications.
– You’ll need 5 GCSEs grades A–C, including English Language, maths or science, or equivalent
– Potential students need to be medically fit and understand the restrictions on entry applied by the different Military and Public services. Potential applicants are asked to familiarise themselves with this information in order to manage their expectations and expedite their applications. You can do this by contacting your local Armed forces or Public service careers advice centres or their websites.
– Students need to be between 16 and 25 years old on date of entry.
– All students will have to meet the minimum progression standards if they wish to remain on the Academy programme. Every opportunity to improve fitness will be provided during their time at the college but ultimately the responsibility for reaching the standards is theirs. Students who fail to meet the minimum standards will put at risk their progression through the Academy programme.
– You will also need to have a good level of general fitness prior to the start of the course. The course will fine tune that level and prepare you for entry into your service of choice. In particular, the main fitness components used for assessment into the Military or Public Services are as follows:
– VO2 Max Test (Beep Test)
– 1.5 mile run
– Sit-ups (with feet supported)
– Press-ups (Hands shoulder width apart body kept straight)
– Over grasp Pull ups (Royal Marines only)
All students will have to meet the minimum progression standards if they wish to remain on the Academy programme. Every opportunity to improve fitness will be provided during their time at the college but ultimately the responsibility for reaching the standards is theirs. Students who fail to meet the minimum standards will put at risk their progression through the Academy programme.
Students can volunteer to leave the programme or indeed be removed from the programme if they are not progressing at the required rate or have a major disciplinary issue. However, this does not preclude students from their academic studies and they may be transferred to a non-military programme. Should this be the case, the military training staff will continue to offer support and mentoring to the students, who will remain an integral part of the Academy's family ethos.
Proceed into the military or uniformed public services (police, fire, prison service) or continue on to higher education. Gain entry into the sector, working with the Armed Forces Careers Office in parallel with the course.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bicton College directly.