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Public Services : BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (= 1 A-Level) at Regent College

Course description

This course is designed to provide the learner with the skills, knowledge and understanding of the roles undertaken by the uniformed services e.g. Police, military, fire services, HM Customs. Students will learn about the makeup and structure of relevant organizations; how British law influences policies and protocols; physical training and land navigation.


Course content

Course Content
The skills gained by a student will provide them with an understanding of the organizations mentioned above, how they are organised and financed, their roles and responsibilities and in the process enable the student to develop a CV profile that demonstrates their determination to gain the academic and practical skills necessary for entry into the Uniformed Public Services. 

Mandatory Units

  • Government Policies and the Public Services
  • Leadership and Teamwork in the Public Services
  • Terrorism, War and Conflict
  • Crime and its Effects on Society
  • Police Powers in the Public Services
  • Citizenship and Diversity in the Public Services

The units are closely linked to the requirements of the public services and ensure that students have a good understanding of employment within these areas.

Teaching Styles
This qualification is a practical, work-related course. You learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. You will focus on a particular subject area and develop a range of specialist skills and knowledge.

Special Features
The course includes visiting speakers and activities. Past visitors have included representatives from the local police force, St. John’s Ambulance, John Ashworth MP, the Deputy Mayor and the Armed Forces. Significant focus is on the Armed Forces and students partake in a one-day introduction to Personal Development Activity led by a team of 10 visiting soldiers who worked with students on various problem-solving, strategical and team-building tasks, and a one-day visit to Chetwynd Barracks in Nottinghamshire to complete a day of activities in relation to one of the core compulsory units. Students also have the opportunity to take part in a five-day residential trip where they will learn a range of skills including map-reading, strategy and combat (subject to student interest).

Entry requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs, or equivalent, at grade A* - C or 4 – 9, including English Language.


Students will complete between 2 and 4 assignments per unit, depending on unit size.  The final grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction is determined by the number of points gained throughout the year.


Financial information

Free to Home Students.

Future opportunities

Learners could progress to employment in the public service, such as the Armed Forces, Police Services, Fire Services, Prison Service, Customs & Excise and Ambulance Service. Or they could progress to higher education.


Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact Regent College, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or your school/college Careers Staff.

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: 11 September 2018

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