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Public Services level 3 at Sheffield College

Course description

This course is an introduction to the work of the uniformed public services and offers you the opportunity to develop the skills and personal qualities needed for further study or employment.

The Level 3 Diploma course is made up of 12 units of study. You will learn about areas such as: 

  • Leadership and teamwork
  • Understanding discipline
  • Physical preparation, fitness and sport
  • Outdoor activities and adventurous expeditions
  • Responding to emergency service incidents
  • Command and control in the uniformed services
  • Government, policies and the legal system
  • Police powers and the criminal justice system
  • Crime and its effects
  • Custodial care
  • Uniformed public services employment and career planning

Approximately 30% of the course is practical and 70% is classroom work. This course has a compulsory outdoor activity and skills element which involves taking part in physically demanding activities such as public services fitness tests, outdoor sports, walking, camping and map reading, which take place in all weathers.

Course enrichment activities include visits, training days and residential courses.  A range of public services organisations come into college to give presentations and work with students on practical activities and assessments.

Experience of work can include working with community and voluntary organisations, major incident simulations with the fire service and work supporting police training. Students are also encouraged to undertake voluntary work alongside the course.

All students are expected to wear a course uniform. You may be entitled to help from the college’s Learner Support Fund with the cost of uniform, trips, visits and anything else you need to buy for your course.

Successful students can apply to higher education courses including The Sheffield College Foundation Degree in Public Services: Policing Studies. Past students have gone on to study criminology/criminal justice, counselling, legal studies, nursing, outdoor pursuits, paramedic studies, politics, psychology, social care, sociology and sport.

Future career opportunities could include working in, the armed forces, police service, fire service, ambulance service, UK border agency, outdoor activity centres, prison service, security services and voluntary organisations.

Course content

Staff and Facilities

 At the Sheffield College you will learn from highly qualified staff with a range of academic and public services work related backgrounds. Our students benefit from our good partnerships with the local emergency services and public sector employers.

The excellent facilities for our uniformed public services students can include

  • Adventure training area with low ropes and obstacle course
  • Climbing wall
  • Combat zone
  • Emergency incident training area
  • All weather sports pitch
  • Gym and sports hall
  • IT facilities

This course is suitable for those interested in a career in the uniformed public services. It is important that you have a positive outlook and a willingness to step out of your comfort zone by trying different activities. You should come with a reasonable level of fitness and stamina, have commitment to the course, and be able to deal with discipline. As BTEC courses are coursework - based programmes with no formal exams, excellent attendance and punctuality is a key to success.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including English Language

Assessment

The BTEC course is continually assessed by course work. Assessment methods include written assignments, presentations, observations of practical tasks, group or individual projects and role play activities. There are no formal exams.

You will be required to devote time outside of taught classes to produce coursework such as assignments, written reports and presentations to set deadlines.

Financial information

Money

At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.

Free meals

If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.

Travel passes

Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.

Learner Support Fund

If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:

  • Travel

  • Books and materials

  • Uniform and equipment

  • Essential course trips

  • NUS extra

  • DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
  • UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university

Future opportunities

Where can it lead?

Successful students can apply to university/higher education courses including The Sheffield College Foundation Degree in Public Services: Policing Studies. Past students have gone on to study criminology/criminal justice, counselling, law/legal studies, nursing, outdoor pursuits, paramedic studies, politics, psychology, social care, sociology and sport.
 
Future career opportunities could include working in, the armed forces, police service, fire service, ambulance service, UK border agency, outdoor activity centres, prison service, security services and voluntary organisations.

Further information

How to apply           
         
School pupils in Sheffield should apply onlinewith the help of their school.  Other students can apply using a paper application form available from any college campus, by phoning 0114 260 2600, or downloading one from our website www.sheffcol.ac.uk

On your programme you will study for Functional Skills or GCSE English and Maths qualifications, if you do not already hold a minimum GCSE grade C. You will also have the opportunity to study for additional qualifications such as awards in first aid, volunteering, self defence and sports leadership.

Open Days

Why not come and see for yourself. Visit us on one of our open evenings and meet the people who will be teaching you, have a chat about what the course involves and look round our fantastic facilities where you’ll be learning.

Our City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will be open on the following days:

 

  • Thursday 12th October 2017, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Monday 20th November 2017, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Wednesday 7th March 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Thursday 17th May 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm

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: 10 April 2018
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Venues

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    • Welcome to Peaks Campus

      The Sheffield College Peaks campus in the south-east of the city has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere with ‘The Loft’ canteen and social area, and ‘The Attic’ providing a vast learning space and climbing wall.

      Peaks has excellent transport links with a tram stop right outside the campus with regular trams to and from the city centre. Peaks offers vocational courses and academic qualifications.

      Address

      Peaks Campus, Waterthorpe Greenway, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S20 8LY

      By Car

      From the M1 take Junction 31 and follow signs for A57.

      Follow the A57 for approximately 3.5 miles continue on to Moss Way.

      When you see the South Yorkshire Police building on your left, take the first exit on the roundabout.

      Peaks Campus is on the right hand side.

      Parking

      Parking is available for Blue Badge holders only (please see the Disabled Go website for more details).

      By Train

      Sheffield Train station is well served by a variety of rail routes, please check the National Rail Enquiries website for more details. Once you arrive, Peaks Campus is accessible by tram, which you can pick up from Sheffield Train Station. Please see the section below for more details.

      By Tram

      Peaks Campus’ nearest tram stop is Moss Way, on the Blue Line.

      The Supertram website has travel planner which you can use to plan your journey and find up to date information about fares.

      By Bus

      There are plenty of buses that serve Peaks Campus – check out the Travel South Yorkshire website to find the best route from your location, as well and timetables and fares.

      By Bike

      Peaks Campus has secure bike storage on site. Please speak to Student Services to register and gain access to the storage facilities.

      Access

      For accessibility information please visit the Disabled Go website