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Public Services: BTEC Extended Diploma at New College Pontefract

Course description

The Public services course offers a diverse range of learning inside and outside of the classroom. students can expect to be involved in various trips including a week long army residential, and numerous volunteering opportunities such as riot training and passive sniffer dog training with the local police force.

Course content

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public services is currently under redevelopment. Please see below some of the proposed units:

Units at year 12 include;

• Government and the Protective Services
• Citizenship and Diversity
• Behaviour and Discipline
• Current affairs in a Global Context
• Physical Preparation, Health and Wellbeing
• Teamwork, Leadership and Communication
• Planning and Responding to Emergency Incidents

Units at year 13 include;

• Unit 8: Custodial Care
• Unit 9: sociological Perspectives
• Unit 10: Skills for Outdoor activities and the Protective Services
• Unit 11: Expedition skills
• Unit 12: Fitness Training
• Unit 13: Introduction to Criminology


4 out of the 13 units that you undertake will be externally assessed. One of these units will be a 1.5 – 2 hour exam and the other three will take the form of controlled assessments.

Entry requirements

Level 4 in English Language.


Assessment will occur continually throughout the programme and is 100% coursework based and projects - no exams. Each individual unit and the full award are graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction. Learning will be varied and creative with an emphasis on practical skills, teamwork and fitness assessment.

Financial information

Financial support can be provided to students of families who are on low income to help with extra costs of staying on in education. If you need any further information please visit our website or contact student services.

Future opportunities

On completion of this programme you could apply for a career in any of the Public Services, including the Police Service, Ambulance Service, Fire and Rescue Service, Royal Navy, RAF, Army, Customs and Excise or the Prison Service.

Further information

Private Study
Tasks will be continuously set throughout the course. Three and four hours private study per week are recommended to complete all tasks to the highest Level possible.

What materials will I need to purchase?
Required to wear a NEW College polo shirt, dark tracksuit bottoms and training shoes during practical sessions. Available through College. Students will require ring binders, writing materials and stationery.

Public Service students will also require outdoor activity clothing, such as walking boots and waterproof clothing.

Examining Board

Public Services is for you if: You have an ambition to work in the uniformed services, are interested in fitness and health and if you enjoy coursework and readily meet deadlines.

Public Services is not for you if: You have no interest in the Army, Police, RAF, Fire Service, Navy or Coastguard.

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: 06 October 2017
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