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Skills for the Public Service Sector (Armistice) at Derby College

Course description

This one-year course introduces learners to the role of the Public Services - from the Police, Ambulance and Fire Services to the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. Emphasis is placed on skills development at this level and so a supportive programme of military maths and English is compulsory within the course.  

Course content

The programme will enhance your understanding in:
  • Public Service skills
  • Navigation by map and compass
  • Military maths
  • Wellbeing
  • Forensic detection
  • Health and fitness
  • English skills
  • Volunteering
You will develop your skills in maths and English to support your main programme of study, help your future progression and enhance your life skills. 

Entry requirements

The course is designed for learners with low-level GCSE grades or limited qualification achievements. It is essential that you show a commitment to maintaining high standards of behaviour and attendance and to meeting deadlines. Candidates will be invited for an interview and screening test as part of the application process. You are welcome to attend the Public Services Information Evenings held at the College throughout the year for further details. 

Assessment

Assessment methods will vary. You are expected to build a portfolio of evidence for each unit. Assessments will include presentations, essays, workbooks, discussions, practical performance, viva, physical testing and externally set exam assessments. You will need to meet deadlines and work on multiple tasks throughout the year.  
 
Maths and English will be assessed through a controlled assessment
or final exam.

Future opportunities

Further study

This course is designed to allow you to move to other Public Services courses to develop your skills further, or to another course in other areas of study. This will be dependent on attendance, behaviour and references from teaching staff. The achievement of maths and English is a priority for progression.
 
Courses that would be suitable are:
  • Leadership and Security Skills for the Public Services
  • Skills for Uniformed Services
  • Gym and Fitness Instruction
  • Skills for Sport
  • Award in Community Sports Leadership
  • Sports Industry
Careers
 
The skills you gain are transferable to a wide range of career areas but will particularly enable you to enter organisations such as the Police, Fire Service, Ambulance Service, Prison Service, Army, Air Force and Royal Navy. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 31 March 2016

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