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Public Services BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 at St Helens College

Course description

This advanced level course will improve your CV when applying for employment in a public service role or when progressing onto university.

You'll be learning about leadership, teamwork, understanding the impact of war, conflict, terrorism, police powers and the custodial care services (prisons).

You'll also take part in practical activities such as team sports and train in the gym to improve your health and physical fitness.

Course content

During this course, you will cover the following units:

  • Government, policies and the public services
  • Leadership and teamwork in the public services
  • Citizenship, diversity and the public services
  • Understanding discipline within the uniformed public services
  • Physical preparation, health and lifestyle for the public services
  • Fitness testing and training for the uniformed public services
  • International institutions and human rights
  • Skills for water and land-based outdoor and adventurous activities
  • Crime and its effects on society
  • Understanding the impact of war, conflict and terrorism on public services
  • Planning and management of major incidents
  • Career planning in the public services
  • Police powers in the public services
  • Behaviour in public service sector employment
  • Employment in the uniformed public services
  • Custodial care services (prisons)
  • Aspects of the legal system and law making process
  • Practical team sports
  • Exercise, health and lifestyle

Entry requirements

You will need five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English language and maths.

English and maths forms an important part of your future, ensuring you achieve the best success in your chosen career. But don't worry, if you haven't got the desired grades, we will still have a course available for you.


You will be assessed through a combination of assignments, projects, case studies, practical exercises and tests. There are no final examinations on this course.

Financial information

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2016), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation.

Future opportunities

You will be able to apply to university once you have completed this course, including the FdSc in Criminal Justice at University Centre St Helens, accredited by prestigious partner University of Chester.

You could also apply for employment within public service roles, which we will help and support you to do.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 September 2016

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