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Public Services Level 1 (Hillsborough) at Sheffield College

Course description

Course Overview

This course is an introduction to the work of the uniformed public services and offers you the opportunity to develop the skills and personal qualities needed for further study or employment.

The course is made up of a range of units. You will learn about 
  • Uniformed public services roles
  • Improving health and fitness for the uniformed public services
  • Teamwork and leadership
  • Working with others and in the community
  • Attending emergency services incidents
  • First aid
  • Employment opportunities in the uniformed public services
There will be regular walks in the local area to practise navigation skills. Taking part in a range of sports and fitness activities is a fundamental part of the course.

Course content

This course is suitable for those interested in a career in the Uniformed Public Services. It is important that you have a positive outlook and a willingness to step out of your comfort zone by trying different activities. You should come with a reasonable level of fitness and stamina, have commitment to the course, and be able to deal with discipline. As BTEC courses are coursework - based programmes with no formal exams, excellent attendance and punctuality is a key to success.

Course enrichment activities include visits, training days and residential courses. A range of public services organisations and guest speakers come into college to give presentations and work with students on practical activities and assessments.

Work experience can include working with community and voluntary organisations, major incident simulations with the fire service and work supporting police training.

You will be expected to study Functional Skills qualifications in English and Maths, and a course in Personal and Social Development. There is also the opportunity to study for additional qualifications such as awards in volunteering, self defence and sports leadership.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at Grade 2 or above including English Language



The BTEC course is assessed by course work. Assessment methods include written assignments, worksheets, role plays, practical assessments, observations and workbooks.  Approximately 50% of the course is practical and 50% is classroom work. 


Financial information


At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.

Free meals

If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.

Travel passes

Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.

Learner Support Fund

If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:

  • Travel

  • Books and materials

  • Uniform and equipment

  • Essential course trips

  • NUS extra

  • DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
  • UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university

Future opportunities

Successful completion of this course, good attendance and punctuality along with tutor recommendation can lead to our Uniformed Public Services BTEC Level 2 Diploma course or other level 2 courses.

Future career opportunities could include working in, the Armed Forces, Police service, Fire service, Ambulance Service, UK border agency, outdoor activity centres, Prison Service, Security Services and voluntary organisations.

Further information

Uniformed Public Services students are expected to wear a uniform which includes a course polo shirt and appropriate clothing when at college, but especially when representing the college on visits.

You may be entitled to help from the college’s Learner Support Fund with the cost of trips, visits, uniform and anything else you need to buy for your course.

Open Days

Why not come and see for yourself. Visit us on one of our open evenings and meet the people who will be teaching you, have a chat about what the course involves and look round our fantastic facilities where you’ll be learning.

Our City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will be open on the following days:

  • Thursday 25th October 2018, 4pm - 7pm
  • Wednesday 21st November 2018, 4pm - 7pm
  • Tuesday 29th January 2019, 4pm - 7pm
  • Monday 4th March 2019, 4pm - 7pm

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: 01 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: One year
  • Course code: HFIUS1


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    • Welcome to Peaks Campus

      The Sheffield College Peaks campus in the south-east of the city has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere with ‘The Loft’ canteen and social area, and ‘The Attic’ providing a vast learning space and climbing wall.

      Peaks has excellent transport links with a tram stop right outside the campus with regular trams to and from the city centre. Peaks offers vocational courses and academic qualifications.


      Peaks Campus, Waterthorpe Greenway, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S20 8LY

      By Car

      From the M1 take Junction 31 and follow signs for A57.

      Follow the A57 for approximately 3.5 miles continue on to Moss Way.

      When you see the South Yorkshire Police building on your left, take the first exit on the roundabout.

      Peaks Campus is on the right hand side.


      Parking is available for Blue Badge holders only (please see the Disabled Go website for more details).

      By Train

      Sheffield Train station is well served by a variety of rail routes, please check the National Rail Enquiries website for more details. Once you arrive, Peaks Campus is accessible by tram, which you can pick up from Sheffield Train Station. Please see the section below for more details.

      By Tram

      Peaks Campus’ nearest tram stop is Moss Way, on the Blue Line.

      The Supertram website has travel planner which you can use to plan your journey and find up to date information about fares.

      By Bus

      There are plenty of buses that serve Peaks Campus – check out the Travel South Yorkshire website to find the best route from your location, as well and timetables and fares.

      By Bike

      Peaks Campus has secure bike storage on site. Please speak to Student Services to register and gain access to the storage facilities.


      For accessibility information please visit the Disabled Go website