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Public Services BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate at Hertford Regional College

Course description

Have you got what it takes? This course will put you through your paces to see if you can make it in the Uniformed Services. You will be on the parade ground once a week, taking part in group activities that are both practical and classroom based, designed to help you improve your communication skills and teamwork. Talks and visits to active service personnel are all part of the course and will help you decide which service to apply for or whether to continue your studies at the next level.

Course content

  • This programme has been designed to help you develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required for success in employment in the public services at operative level
  • Participating in theoretical and practical lessons
  • You will be studying 6 units (60 credits in total) including; uniformed public service employment, public service fitness and crime and its effects
  • Attend a compulsory ‘Boot Camp’ residential trip.

Entry requirements

  • You will need a minimum of 158 GCSE entry points or a Level 1 Diploma including GCSE Maths or English at Grade D.
  • The outcome of your initial diagnostic assessment will also be taken into consideration when offering you a programme of study.
  • You need to be under 19 years of age.


You will be assessed continuously using a range of activities these will include, role plays, presentations, displays, discussions, written reports and case studies.

Financial information

Free to those under 19 on 31st August 2016. If you are 19 or over on 31st August 2016, have been a permanent resident in the EU for the last three years, and are a fee paying new entrant you will pay £1500 tuition fee (this was the fee for 2015/16 and could be subject to change for 2016/17). However, fee paying students continuing on the same course for a second year will be charged £1500 tuition fee (this was the fee for 2015/16 and could be subject to change for 2016/17). You will be required to pay an administration fee, exam fees, kit fee, materials fee and an Awarding Body Registration fee if applicable. For these costs please contact our Information Centre.

Future opportunities

  • On successful completion of the level 2 and a merit grade overall,  you will be able to progress onto a higher Level 3 course, Public Services BTEC 90 Credit Diploma. 
  • Seek employment in your chosen public service

Further information

Additional Activities 

Trips, visits and enrichment activities which include vocational guest speakers. There may be additional costs to participate in these activities.

You will also study Functional skills, in either Maths, English or ICT.

What will I need? 

  • Full sports kit including correct footwear for running and physical activities
  • Public Services uniform £105*
  • Textbooks, pens and personal stationery
  • Residential costs £200*

*Please note that these costs may be subject to change in line with inflation

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hertford Regional College directly.

Last updated date: 26 April 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 Year
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    • Buses: a regular bus service connects Cheshunt and Broxbourne rail stations to the campus.

      Additional buses run to the College including:

      C2/C3 from Harlow                       approx 30 minutes
      310/311 from Waltham Cross      approx 17 minutes
      310/311 from Hertford                  approx 40 minutes

      Trains: The National Express East Anglia Service provides services from Broxbourne and Cheshunt stations to London Liverpool Street, Tottenham Hale, Waltham Cross, Enfield Lock, Harlow, Sawbridgeworth, Bishop’s Stortford and Stansted. 

      Example journey times:
      London Liverpool Street – Cheshunt – 20 minutes
      Stansted Mountfitchet – Broxbourne – 24 minutes

      Parking: There are limited car parking spaces on site.