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Public Services - Level 1 Diploma at City of Oxford College

Course description

Explore your options for employment in a uniformed public service with this Level 1 Diploma in Public Services. It helps to develop your teamwork skills and personal fitness, and you will do practical lessons relating to map reading and outdoor activities, sports, and first aid.

The course is based on continual assessment with workbooks and the teaching team will engage your leaning in many different ways. Types of learning activities will consist of group work, practical activities, putting learning into practice and visits. Visits are also made by uniformed public personnel to offer first-hand experiences.

This course provides the knowledge and understanding to enable students to take up effective employment in the area of uniformed public services. It also provided the start of a route into higher education courses.

Course content

You study the purpose, role and responsibilities of our uniformed public services and test your teamwork skills in the fitness, outdoor and adventurous skills modules. 

The units are:

- Unit 1: Standard requirements for entry and the main stages of recruitment process

- Unit 2: Assess your own fitness and develop a personal programme of fitness training

- Unit 3: Investigate how to plan effectively for team work and how to develop your own role in a team

- Unit 4: Explore self management, identify the importance of discipline and the effects of a lack of discipline

- Unit 5: Learn how to read different types of maps, obtain grid references and use a compass

Visits and residential trips are an integral part of the course and carry an additional cost payable when you start. 

Entry requirements

You need a basic level of literacy and numeracy to apply for this course.


The course is based on continuous assessment over one year. The course consists of 5 units; each unit is marked and assessed as coursework. Some assignments may be integrated across the course units. Mandatory residential trips provide the opportunity to assess the practical application of outdoor activities and teamwork skills.

Financial information

16 to 18 EU tuition fee : £450.00

Visits and residential trips are an integral part of the course and carry an additional cost.

Future opportunities

You can progress to our Level 2 Uniformed Public Services programme, or move directly into employment in the public services.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City of Oxford College directly.

Last updated date: 19 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course code: OXPPUBLIC1


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