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Public Services NCFE Level 1 Diploma at Bedford College

Course description

The public sector is the UK’s largest employer, and this Public Services NCFE Level 1 Diploma will provide you with an insight into the range of work undertaken by the public services, as well as the different career opportunities that exist within the sector. During this course you will develop a range of skills to help you in your future career, such as leadership abilities, team working skills and physical fitness. You will gain valuable insight from current and former public services employees, as teaching staff have served as members of Armed Forces or emergency services. You will also have the opportunity to meet working members of the public services.

Course content

The course will focus on developing your communication and interpersonal skills, along with team work and fitness, so you can move on to a higher level qualification in the uniformed public services.

As part of this course you will study the following topics:

  • Investigating employment opportunities in the Uniformed Services
  • Well-being and physical fitness
  • Teamwork skills
  • Developing self-discipline
  • Map reading and navigation
  • Health, Safety and emergency care
  • Adventurous activities


During the course you will also study to achieve the following additional qualifications:

  • Emergency First Aid
  • Functional Skills Maths and English


You will also have the opportunity to take part in a range of trips and visits, including army days, multi-day expeditions, teambuilding events, and visits to local public services. There will also be the chance to join in with other departments on trips to Egypt and Spain.

Entry requirements

There are no previous qualifications required to begin this course, but you will need to sit an initial assessment, attend a presentation and attend an interview before enrolling onto the course.


During this course you will be assessed via a variety of methods, including practical assessments, presentations, posters, written reports and workbooks.

Financial information

This course could be free! You will be eligible if you are aged 19-24 on the 31st August of the year you are starting your course and are actively seeking employment and in receipt of a means tested benefit (such as job seekers, housing benefit, council tax benefit). Please note you will need to be able to produce evidence of the benefit in your name when you come to enrol.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of this course you could progress on to the Uniformed Public Services BTEC Level 2 Diploma.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bedford College directly.

Last updated date: 03 February 2016
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