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Public Services Level 3 Extended Diploma at Heart of Worcestershire College

Course description

Do you have what it takes to join the uniformed public services? Are you focussed, dedicated and self-disciplined and looking for a way in to this fast paced and exciting industry? Then this course could be the perfect option for you.

Aiming to prepare you for a career in the uniformed public services or give progression to the Higher National Diploma in Public Services, this course relies heavily on the ethos and ethics of all public services; teamwork, leadership, commitment, self-discipline, dedication and reliability. As part of the course and in order to prepare you for a career in the uniformed service all students will be expected to wear a specified uniform.

A variety of topics are delivered over two years these include; Leadership and Teamwork, Citizenship, Fitness Testing and Training, Planning and Management of Major Incidents, Custodial Care, Impact of War & Terrorism and Adventurous Activities. In addition you will be required to undertake a minimum of 30 hours’ work experience and/or voluntary work. You will learn through academic classroom based lessons which include lectures, student-led presentations, group discussions, and visiting speakers. Learning is also assessed through practical activities; sport and outdoor activities such as hiking, camping and abseiling. The ability to carry out independent research, write/type up assignments in their own time, and meeting deadlines are crucial qualities for every student. Students will attend mandatory residential courses and visits to a wide range of public service establishments and organisations to meet practical and written assessment criteria.

Entry requirements

Students must possess at least 5 GCSEs grades A-C (including English and maths).  Alternatively, students can progress to this course by completing a relevant Level 2 qualification at merit or above with Level 2 in English and maths.

Future opportunities

The skills gained will lead to many careers in all areas of military, emergency services, prison service, customs and excise or UK Border Agency either as civilian support staff or ‘frontline’ officers. The skills of problem-solving, teamwork, leadership, decision making and resilience are also transferable to many other careers; court services, youth offending, nursing, outdoor education.

Successful completion of this course will also allow you to progress either onto Higher National Diploma in Public Services at HoW College or to university to study in areas such as Criminology, Sociology, Forensic Psychology, Policing, Fire & Rescue Services, and Outdoor Education.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 September 2016

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