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Public Services Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma at Isle of Wight College

Course description

A career in the Public Services is very satisfying for those who enjoy working with people, or those wishing to study Public Services subjects at a higher level.

This course will provide a realistic introduction to work in any of the Uniformed Public Services including: Fire Service, Police Service, Ambulance Service, Prison Service, Customs and Excise, Immigration Service, Coast Guard, all of the Armed Forces (Army, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and Royal Marines.)

You will find the course stimulating as it combines classroom based study with outdoor activity and group work.  The different course units are aimed at developing the skills and qualities necessary to handle demanding but very rewarding jobs.

Course content

The BTEC Extended Diploma is made up of eighteen units, five mandatory units, plus thirteen optional units and is offered over two years.

The National Certificate is made up of twelve units, five core (mandatory) units plus eight optional units and is offered over two years.

Opportunities will be provided throughout the course to improve: Maths, English, Communications, Leadership Skills and to develop competence in the use of appropriate computer software. A residential period and a range of outdoor activities are essential elements.

Each unit of study is assessed by lengthy unit assignments, designed to test knowledge, skills and understanding. To be recommended for the BTEC qualification you must achieve a minimum of a Pass grade for all units.

You will study English and Maths GCSE/Functional Skills which are essential for employment in any job sector and for progression.

You will also undertake The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme (Bronze or Silver) alongside the main course, the following sections will be covered:

  • Volunteering
  • Skills
  • Physical
  • Expedition

Entry requirements

You need to have an appropriate level of health and physical fitness and be prepared to take part in challenging outdoor activities.  The academic requirements are 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above including English or appropriate/equivalent functional skills or BTEC Level 2 Qualification with at least an overall Distinction grade.

All applicants who meet the above criteria will be invited to attend an interview day which will consist of a briefing about the college and the public service courses layout, computer screening skills check, physical activities including a 1.5 mile run, interview and the requirements/equipment that is needed for you to complete the public service courses.


our learning, supported by an experienced team, will consist of a balanced programme of task based learning and practical “hands on” activities. You will undertake research into the public services and case studies based on real events. Some activities will be carried out with the public services.

You will be required to carry out outdoor activities involving map reading, expeditions and overnight camping residential. There will be visits by various public services to the college and trips to observe public services in their own environment.

Future opportunities

This course is recognised by, and will prepare you for entry into the Armed Services as well as the Prison, Fire, Ambulance, Police and other uniformed services. The course will also prepare you for study at higher levels, and attracts UCAS points for those wishing to progress on to University.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Isle of Wight College directly.

Last updated date: 19 January 2016
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