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Public Services Level 1 Diploma at South Essex College

Course description

This is a full time, Level 1 BTEC qualification in which you study a whole range of subjects that give you a good understanding of the Public Services.  The Course is designed to give you a good underpinning knowledge of the public services and develop some essential skills that you will need in the future.

In addition to the main qualification you will study functional skills and a further qualification to develop your personal and social development.

You will learn in a variety of ways, from traditional class activities and lessons to practical activities such as working in teams.

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Entry requirements

  • working in public services
  • career planning for public services
  • expedition skills
  • fitness testing and training
  • volunteering in public services
  • public service incidents
  • public services: assisting the public
  • forensic detection
  • searching for a job
  • applying for a job
  • preparation for interview
  • time management
  • skills for team workers
  • setting and meeting targets at work
  • maths and English

We expect all our public services students to wear a uniform when they attend College. The uniform consists of black trousers / skirt (not jeans) with black shoes and a golf shirt and/or fleece with the South Essex College logo. The golf shirt/fleece will be purchased via the Colleges approved supplier.  As an alternative to the black trousers / skirt and black shoes you may choose to opt for smart black combat trousers and plain black trainers.   Apart from pen and paper, you also will need clothing suitable for the fitness and sports units.  

Most students will experience a residential visit, so a sleeping bag, suitable walking and bad weather clothing will be expected.

A key element of your course is the attainment of Functional Skills (English and Maths). You will study both of these essential functional skills. 


  • demonstrate the ability to work at level 1 in maths and English in an assessment
  • successful attendance at interview event and satisfactory references

Financial information

  • portfolio of evidence

Future opportunities

FREE to UK/EU under 19s not in employment

Further information

  • Public Services Level 2 Diploma

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 January 2017
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