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Public Services (BTEC Level 3 Diploma) at Wath Comprehensive School: A Language College

Course description

This course will be an introduction to the uniformed Public Services sector: such as the police service, fire service, armed services and prison service. The qualification supports progression to higher education and a possible future career in the public sector. By studying a wide variety of topic areas that affect the UK services, it allows students to access a real insight into the challenges faced by our services, from dealing with the threat of war to creating new policies and legislation. Public Services is available as a single award (subsidiary diploma) or double award (diploma).

Course content

Depending on the size of course selected, the different units available to study are listed below:


  • Government, Policies and the Public Services

  • Physical Preparation for the Public Services

  • Crime and its Effects on Society

  • Leadership and Teamwork in the Public Services

  • Citizenship, Diversity and the Public Services

  • Understanding the Impact of War

  • Understanding Discipline in the Public Services

  • Personnel and Human Resources

  • Aspects of the Legal System and the Law Making Process

  • Police Powers

  • Command and Control

  • Responding to Emergency Service Incidents


All assessments are through submission of coursework. This can be completed through written reports, presentation and practical work.

Future opportunities

Following on from studying Public Services, students have gone on to university to study courses such as Policing, Law and Criminology whilst others have joined the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force or the Police Specials to gain experience before becoming a paid member of the force.

Further information

Please contact the school for further information.

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: 24 September 2018

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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