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Public Services BTEC equiv. to 1 or 2 A Levels at Hailsham Community College

Course description

If you are interested in joining one of the uniformed public services such as the Emergency services, Armed Forces or other uniformed services e.g Prison Service and Coast Guard, this course will provide you with the skills, knowledge and attitude to succeed. 

Course content

The qualification is equivalent to wither 1 or 2 A-Levels. It is comprised of 6 - 12 units that are studied over two years. Some of the units you will study include:

· Leadership and Teamwork

· Understanding Discipline

· Outdoor and Adventurous activities

· Fitness testing and training

· Government policies

· Communication and Technology


How will I learn?

Learning will take place through classroom teaching, practical sessions as well as the use of flipped teaching. The lessons are based on class and group discussions, activities, peer teaching, independent learning as well as trips to various public service organisations and guest speakers.


Entry requirements

Students will need to have at least a C grade in both English and Mathematics and a total of 5 A* to C grades.


The assessments are assignment based so there is no final written exam.

The assignments come in many forms, including written work, project work, presentations, group work, and practical-based assessments. It is demanding and you will need to be organised and be able to work independently from time to time. Throughout the course you will collect evidence of your competence in each unit. The work completed in each unit is graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction.

These all combine at the end of the course to give you your overall grade.

Future opportunities

You can progress onto a range of jobs within the public services sector.  Or you can progress onto Higher Education courses such as Degrees or Foundation Degrees.

You can achieve up to 280 UCAS points on completion of this course.

Further information

You can apply for BTEC Level 3 Public Services through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

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: 31 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September