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Level 1 BTEC Diploma in Public Services at Cambridge Regional College

Course description

The course is made up of 10 units which are:

•  Public Services Careers
•  Searching for a Job
•  Improving Health and Fitness for Entry into the Uniformed Public Services
•  Forensic Detection
•  Introduction to Security in the Public Services
•  Introduction to Expedition Skills
•  Personal Skills for the Public Services
•  Public Service Incidents
•  Practical Teamwork in the Public Services
•  Public Services: Assisting the Public

Compulsory residential activities to develop team work and practical skills are an integral part of the course. There is an additional cost to cover these trips and day trips, sports kits, travel costs associated with team games or residentials, and guest speakers. This charge is paid at enrolment and is non-refundable. The Learner Support Fund is available and could help assist in paying towards these fees.

The offer on the course is subject to the successful attendance of a Welcome Event and Taster Week.

Entry requirements

You will need 2 GCSEs at grade 2 (E) or above and an interest in the Uniformed Services is essential and have a keen interest in your chosen subject area.In addition to the entry qualifications listed, the offer of a place on the course is subject to the outcomes of initial assessment, which will be taken at the College as part of the admissions process. Please note that entry criteria may vary quite significantly between courses at the same level. This is to take account of the specific skills needed for success on particular courses, the length of the course and the requirements for progression to the next level. Entry criteria are given as a guide, and the exact requirements in order to obtain a place on a particular course will be confirmed following attendance at a Welcome Event/Interview.


Each project, activity or assignment that you complete will be assessed. These assessments indicate your level of performance and contribute to your final grade. Assessment will be through practical and theoretical work. You will be required to build a portfolio of assignment work throughout the course which will be externally assessed.

You will be required to take part in weekly physical activity. You will also be assessed on your physical fitness four times a year. You must be willing to take part in all practical activities and assessments.

During your course you may have the chance to study the following additional qualifications available in our Academy. There may be a certification fee for these qualifications.
Sports Leader Level 1
Level 1 Football coaching
Level 1 Basketball coaching
Level 1 Badminton Coaching
Level 1 Rugby Coaching
First Aid
Personal Safety Awareness
Equality & Diversity
Functional Skills
Drug Awareness

During your time on the course you will have the chance to attend extra residential activities. There is an extra cost for these activities, that may include:
Football (Girls and Boys)
Tennis International Tours
Water Sports in France and white water rafting
Ski Trip (Andorra)
PADI Dive course - Malta
Surfing Portugal

Financial information

We are committed to providing financial support to learners where it is available. We would actively encourage you to enquire about possible financial support as soon as you can. Depending on your situation, you may qualify for a contribution towards College costs such as kit, equipment, residential fees, meals, childcare etc. Enquiries can be made to

Future opportunities

The course is designed for school leavers or adults who wish to take the first step in preparing for a career in the uniformed services e.g. Police, Ambulance, Fire, Armed Forces, Customs and Excise, Prison Service, Navy, Royal Marine Commandos.

This course may allow you to progress on to studying for Level 2 BTEC Diploma in Public Services or Sport.

As part of your course you may be accepted onto one of our sports development centres. Currently we have development centres in:

Football (Male – linked to CUFC and Female)
Basketball (Male and Female)

If selected for a development centre you will be given the opportunity for professional coaching in your chosen sport and entry into National and International tournaments on top of your studies.

Further information

If you need any more information about any of our courses, please request a copy of our full-time prospectus or contact our Information & Advice Team on 01223 226315.

Students who currently attend a Cambridge Area Partnership school should apply online via or by using the Cambridge Area Partnership application form (depending on your school). Please ask your careers teacher at school.

Once we have received your application, you will be invited to attend a college Welcome Event, which gives you and your parents/carers the opportunity to have a look around the College, talk to the tutors and ask any questions you may have.

We look forward to seeing you at the College soon!

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 05 September 2018
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