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Public Services Level 3 Diploma at West Herts College

Course description

The objective of this course is to develop a professional understanding of the key public services before making a specific career choice. You will look at the different services and investigate your options.

Course content

Practical-based projects are the focus in the classroom, followed by opportunities to develop these new skills on trips and activity courses. It’s a busy and varied schedule that builds specialist work-related knowledge in preparation for exciting careers in uniformed service.

You’ll examine many key subjects including:

  • Government policies and the public services

  • Teamwork and leadership

  • Outdoor and adventurous expeditions

  • Crime and its effects

  • Planning and activities and projects

  • Practical team sports

  • Fitness testing

  • Citizenship

  • War and conflict

Specialist areas include insights into police methods for conducting searches (in rooms, cars and of people) and professional methods for combating terrorism.

Visiting guests will discuss contemporary crime and counter measures, with projects in partnership with forensic science students bringing to life investigation methods. The study of war and conflict is brought to life with trips to the Imperial War Museum.

You may take part in a week-long trip of activities featuring kayaking, abseiling and gorge walking. It’s a combination specifically designed to develop your physical fitness, confidence, team working and communication skills.

Alongside your course you’ll study English and maths and take part in GAP work placement opportunities to further develop your employability skills.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs (A*-C), including English or maths, or successful completion of the Level 2 Diploma. You will also be required to attend a course introduction meeting.

Future opportunities

You can progress your studies, with an HND in Public Services including CKP (Certificate of Knowledge of Policing), a Foundation degree or a BA (Hons) degree. This course also opens up a host of career opportunities within the uniformed public services; including police, fire and rescue, ambulance, prison, HM revenue and customs areas or in the armed forces such as the Royal Navy, Army or Royal Air Force.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact West Herts College directly.

Last updated date: 05 May 2016
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