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Uniformed Public Services BTEC Level 3 Diploma at Eastleigh College

Course description

Careers in the public services are very popular and therefore the job market is very competitive. Recent changes have opened up increased opportunities for part-time employment within the armed forces due to the increase of Reservists. Police Officer roles are selected from internal staff and therefore entry requires prior experience such as that of a Special Constable or PCSO. Fire & Rescue Service jobs are more readily available through the part time retained duty system or full time within larger cities.

Learners will be entered for BTEC Public Services Subsidiary Diploma in their 1st year and then onto the Diploma or Extended Diploma in year 2 depending on performance, attendance and achievement.

This qualification attracts UCAS points and entry to university can be achieved depending on the size of qualification and level of achievement gained.

Course content

Units studied vary from year to year but include subjects such as:

  • Government
  • Leadership and teamwork
  • Citizenship & Diversity, Discipline
  • Fitness testing
  • War, conflict and terrorism
  • Expeditions
  • Outdoor and adventurous activities
  • Crime and its effects on society
  • Responding to emergency service incidents
  • Planning and management of major incidents
  • Employment & Careers
  • Police powers
  • Power boating
  • Communication and technology
  • Volunteering
  • Navigation.

During the course you will have direct contact with a range of uniformed public services through presentations, visits and activities.

Recent examples include:

  • fitness session with the Royal Marines
  • laser shooting with the Army
  • casualty extraction exercise with the Fire & Rescue Service
  • a talk from the Border Force
  • Firearms and Crash Investigation presentations from the Police
  • a trip to the Houses of Parliament.

Students who are accepted onto the programme without an A*-C grade in English or Maths will be required as a condition of the programme to undertake either a GCSE or Functional Skills programmes.

The pathway followed will be dependent on the grade achieved at GCSE, college diagnostic screening and the learners intended progression route.

Entry requirements

  • You will need 5 GCSEs at grades A*- C including English and Maths. Level 2 BTEC Diploma at Distinction level in a related subject may also be considered.
  • You must have a genuine interest in the public services, be committed to improving your fitness, be self-disciplined and prepared to study in your own time.
  • You should also have good attendance and attainment reports from your previous school or college and complete a successful college interview demonstrating an interest and commitment to study.
  • You need to be aware of the strict medical requirements of many of the uniformed public services, especially the armed forces (e.g. asthma may restrict entry) however this will not affect your application to this course. Please ask if you need any further information on this matter.

Successful completion of Year 1 is a pre-requisite to entry onto Year 2.


This is mainly an assessment based qualification where learners will complete approximately 4 internally set assignments per unit which are completed in accordance with strict guidelines and deadlines.

Assessments are completed by the learner throughout the year and the resulting marks count towards their final qualification grade. The qualification can be awarded at Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*, depending on the consistency of quality in assessment completion.

Financial information

Essential kit you need to provide: fitness kit - shorts/tracksuit bottoms, sports trainers; study equipment - pens, highlighters, memory stick, headphones.

Desirable kit: walking boots, lightweight waterproof jacket

We will provide:

  • Public Services Uniform - items and styles vary each year. Uniform is compulsory.
  • Stationery - 2 x files, notepad, dividers, plastic wallets
  • Locker - key for public service student locker (to be returned at end of year)

Future opportunities

Potential progression opportunities on completion of this course could be: emergency services call handler, Special Constable, PCSO and Community First Responder, entry to the armed forces or Military Preparation College.

This qualification attracts UCAS points and entry to university can be achieved depending on the size of qualification and level of achievement gained.

Previous students who progressed onto university studied subjects such as: Criminology, Business Management, Mental Health Nursing, Policing Studies & Sociology.

Further information

Timetabled hours will in general be from 08.45 - 16.30 over 4 days per week, however these may change when offsite activities are taking place and there may be occasions when you will be required to stay overnight e.g. if completing a multi-day expedition.

Applicants for this course need to be prepared to take an active role in a variety of outdoor and team activities as well as classroom based learning throughout the year.

This is an academic qualification and has a significant amount of theoretical units therefore learners need to be self-disciplined, organised and prepared to study for approximately 8 hours a week outside of college time.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 04 March 2016

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