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Public Services BTEC Diploma Level 2 at Wirral Metropolitan College

Course description

This course is designed to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for success when moving towards a career in the uniformed and non-uniformed services, for example, police, emergency fire services, security, prison services or the armed services.

Course content

You will study the following:

Core units:

  • The role and work of the public services
  • Working skills in the public service sector

Mandatory units:

  • Citizenship, society and the public services
  • Crime and its effects on society and individuals

Optional units may include:

  • Employment in the public services
  • Public services and community protection
  • Health, fitness and lifestyle for the public services
  • Community and cultural awareness
  • Adventurous activities in the public services
  • Sport and recreation in the public services
  • Land navigation by map and compass
  • Employability skills in the public services
  • Preparing to respond to emergency incidents
  • Security procedures in the public services

Entry requirements

Prospective students must provide a reference from an employer or school tutor.

If English is not your first language, you may need an assessment before enrolling on this course.

Financial information

You will be required to contribute financially to some of the cost of trips, visits and residentials, although these will be kept as low as possible. More information will be given at interview.

Future opportunities

This course can be a stepping stone for successful candidates towards entering initial employment as, for example, a police community support officer, an army soldier or a Royal Air Force airman/woman.

Entry to any of the public or private uniformed services, further education.

Opportunities exist to progress onto the Edexcel National Diploma in Public Services.

Further information

Study programmes are full-time courses for 16-18 year olds which include:

  • A qualification such as BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Meaningful work experience or preparation for work
  • English and maths, if you don't already have GCSE grade A*-C in English and maths already
  • Non-study activities such as tutorials, voluntary work, fund-raising/charity work, sport or trips

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 May 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course code: K020
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  • Number of planned places: 13