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Public Services at Brighouse High School

Course description

Things we explore:

 ·        How does Parliament work?

  • What does Victim Support do?
  • How do Youth Offending Teams work?
  • How does the media impact on the role of public services?
  • Does prison work? 


Topics we discuss


  • What rights should prisoners have?
  • Why do the Public Services use outdoor and adventurous activities in their training?
  • How can technology help track and capture criminals?
  • How do issues such as knife crime or binge drinking impact on the public services?
  • What makes someone a ‘good’ citizen?


This course is 100% assessed through coursework submissions, and is therefore ideal for students who prefer coursework assessment.

The grading is Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction*



Course content

Year 12 Course Content:


Unit 1 Government Policies and the Public Services

This unit gives students an appreciation of the development of the Public Sector and some of the issues affecting it today.  Students will have the opportunity to examine issues such as NHS targets, changes to education and budget cuts in the Fire Service.  We explore the role of parliament, councils, our voting system and the process to make new laws.  For example, drug driving offences and dog registration.


Unit 10 Skills for Land-Based Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

In this unit students explore the use of Adventurous Activities such as Rock Climbing and Orienteering to the Public Services.  It involves a compulsory assessment in participation of these activities. Students will learn map and compass work, climbing and belay techniques.


Unit 13 Command and Control in the Public Services

Students will investigate issues such as the use of ranks and hierarchies to effective public service operations.  It includes a practical demonstration by students of the commands and orders used in various public services, such as Army drills, riot control, dealing with a student protest and reprimanding staff members.


Year 13 Course Content:


Unit 2 Leadership and Teamwork in the Public Services

This unit helps students identify and understand the range of qualities required for successful leadership and the importance of teamwork within the Public Services.  Students will explore practical aspects of leadership and teamwork specifically related to Public Service work.  It involves participation in team activities. Students will plan and lead a team activity, such as a bomb search or crossing a minefield.


Unit 3 Citizenship, Diversity and the Public Services

Here students will develop knowledge relating to the citizenship and diversity issues affecting the Public Services, this includes the laws that affect UPS work. Topics recently explored have included, prison closures, Jimmy Saville and Hillsborough. The unit also covers the use of the media, how it varies, such as the Freedom of Information Act and the Data Protection Act, and its impact on the services.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements:  A minimum of 5 GCSE A*-C grades including English language.


Assessment: 100% Coursework assessment

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 January 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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