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Public Services (Uniformed) Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma at Newbury College

Course description

The Subsidiary Diploma is a one year course which on successful completion students can continue onto the Extended Diploma. The Extended Diploma is the equivalent of three A-Levels. This course is for you if you are interested in seeking employment within the forces such as: Armed forces - Royal Marines, Royal Navy, Air force, Army, Military Police, Emergency Services - fire Service, Police, Prison Service and Security. This course will also provide entry onto a university degree or Higher National Diploma course.



A BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma is a practical, work-related course. Students learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands.

It introduces students to the employment area that they are interested in and is equivalent to three A levels. This means that once students have successfully completed the course they can choose whether to progress to a job or to higher education first.

Students who successfully complete the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Service course go into a wide range of public sector occupations in both the uniformed and non-uniform sectors such as

Local Government Administration Customs and Excise The Ambulance Service The Police Service The Fire Service Care Work The Armed Forces The Military Police Security The Prison Service

To achieve this learners will cover a wide range of units, including but not restricted to,

Government, Policies & the Public Services Team Development & Leadership Citizenship & Diversity Understanding Discipline Public Service Fitness Physical Preparation for Public Services Expedition Skills Outdoor Activities Police Powers War, Conflict & Terrorism Criminology Major Incidents Crime & its Effects Law & the Legal System

You will also complete a skills project which will build your confidence and your employability skills as well as covering subjects such as equality and safeguarding which are designed to broaden your knowledge of these subjects and help with your employment potential.

Entry requirements

Students will need to have five GCSE passes at grade C or above, preferably including Maths and English. Alternatively, students will be accepted onto the course if they have an equivalent vocational qualification at a merit grade, and Functional Skills Maths and English, preferably at Level 2. All students must have achieved, or show the ability to achieve, Maths and English to GCSE grade C or equivalent. Where a student has not yet fulfilled this requirement, a functional skills qualification is a mandatory part of this course.


Course work is assessed by assignments which include reports, projects, presentations, practical work and oral work. Students will be assessed by a combination of assignments, practical work, projects and tests set by the Course Team. Students will produce a portfolio of work which is assessed against the grading criteria for the units. Assignments set will have an agreed hand in date that will need to be met in order to meet the awarding body guidelines. Some units will also need you to complete externally set and marked assessment material in addition to your portfolio work.

Future opportunities

Successful learners could consider employment via an apprenticeship or progressing on to the extended diploma which could lead to further progression in HND or Degree in Public Services, Public Administration, Criminology or employment.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 May 2016

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