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Public Services Btec Subsidiary Diploma at Queensbury School

Course description

The public sector is the UK's largest employer and includes central and local government, the armed forces, the emergency services, educational establishments and a host of public corporations. This qualification is equivalent to one A level. It is designed for people interested in a career in the public services sector. Students undertake a range of tasks and experiences which allow them to apply their practical experiences to a variety of coursework assignments related to the uniformed public services sector. This course is suitable to study alongside a balanced programme of A Levels.

Course content

The three core units are:

Government, Policies & the Public services

Team Leadership in the Uniformed services

Citizenship, Contemporary Society and the Public services

Three other units will be studied during the two years. Students will learn about preparation for physical fitness, team development in the public services, and the planning and management of major incidents. Some of the lessons will be practical in nature, and students will be expected to participate in appropriate kit and clothing for the activities.

A major part of the UK's government process is the democratic election of

representatives to all government levels. Students will examine the

responsibilities that the different levels of government have, to maintain effective

uniformed public services, and explore the different electoral processes, including

the main roles of elected representatives within the different government levels.

Students will also have the opportunity to study the structure of government in the

UK to discover what the different levels of government are, from central government

to local councils. This investigation will lead to the specific responsibilities of

government departments and other organisations within the government structure

and their relationship to the uniformed public services.

The ability to lead teams is critical to the uniformed public services. This unit

introduces learners to the principles of team leadership in a public services context.

It focuses on assisting learners to put theory into practice, ensuring that their teams

achieve the required objectives. Uniformed public services employees often work in

teams that rely on each other to carry out their individual roles effectively. It is

important that team leaders are adaptable and able to develop their own skills to

deal effectively with team members, encouraging and supporting them.

This unit is designed to help learners understand the importance of leading a team.

Students will investigate the different styles of leadership and how they are used in

the uniformed public services. It also considers the role of teams and how working in

teams benefits both individuals and organisations. They will explore effective

communication skills and have the opportunity to demonstrate these.

Students will also explore other skills needed in order to lead a team and to get the

best out of its members. In a stressful work situation, learners will need to

demonstrate that they are able to remain professional and motivated at all times,

and can lead their team through difficult situations. Students will find out about the

many barriers to good teamwork and consider how to overcome them.

In contem

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of 5A*-C at GCSE or equivalent including at least a grade C in GCSE English. You will be expected to participate in practical lessons and activities during the course.


Youwill be assessed through a range of coursework assignments - there is no examination in this subject. This course is grades Distinction*, Distinction, Merit, Pass

Future opportunities

You can use this as a qualification for entry into Higher education or occupational training. You can use this as a stepping stone to a university degree or into employment in public services such as the police, firefighting, armed forces, social work, residential care management, housing and probation service or the prison service. It can also be use as a stepping stone into the care industry.

Further information

You can talk to Mr Gray about the details of this course, or to other staff who will be delivering Public Services.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queensbury School directly.

Last updated date: 21 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years