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Public Services Diploma level 3 at Leicester College

Course description

This course is for anyone who wishes to enter into one of the public services such as the fire, police, royal air force and the army. This course is an excellent step into industry-related employment or progression into higher education. Whilst studying at Leicester College learners have the opportunity to join the police or army cadets, broadening their experience. If you are aged 16-18, you will be enrolled on a study programme, which will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven't already achieved a grade 4 or above. You will also be required to complete a work experience placement and an employability programme.

Course content

Upon successful completion of this qualification, you can progress on to the extended diploma in public services course. This is a one year programme intended to provide learners with the knowledge and practical skills required in the public service sector. The learners will study up to 12 units which cover a diverse range of material including leadership and teamwork, outdoor and adventurous activities, expedition skills, physical preparation for entry into the public services and citizenship and diversity. The units have been developed to assess personal learning and thinking skills across the qualification. This programme comprises 90 credits.

Entry requirements

Standard entry to this course requires one reference. It is desirable that you can demonstrate 90% attendance. A GCSE in both English and maths at grade 4 (C) or above is required, as well as another 2 GCSE subjects at Grade 4 (C) or above. Consideration will be given to all applicants over the age of 19, who do not hold formal English and maths qualifications.


Currently this course is being assessed through on going coursework, such as written essays, presentations, verbal interviews and practical assessment. Please note that the awarding body are looking to introduce two exam based units.

Financial information

Material fee £120.00. Learners will be required to purchase uniform at an additional cost.

Future opportunities

Upon successful completion, learners can progress on to the level 3 Extended Diploma in public services. Learners may choose to progress into Higher Education or employment within the public service sector, for example police, fire service, probation service, prison service or the military services, such as the British army, royal navy and royal air force.

Further information

Apply online via UCAS Progress or the College website. You will need details of your qualifications, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a Welcome Event at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you. For more information contact our Customer Service Centre on 0116 2242240 or visit

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: 29 September 2017
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