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Uniformed Public Services - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at West Thames College

Course description

This 2-year course is designed to prepare you for employment in the public services, such as the fire service, police, armed forces or related civilian occupations or for entry to university. It covers topics such as team leadership, citizenship and diversity, international institutions and human rights, understanding the impact of war, conflict and terrorism, outdoor and adventurous expeditions, crime and its effects on society, planning and management of major incidents, security procedures and police powers. The college has close links with Isleworth Fire Station, which means you will have opportunities for ‘real’ public service training.

Course content

You will study:

  • Government policies and the services
  • Team leadership in the public services
  • Citizenship in the public services
  • Citizenship and diversity
  • Fitness testing and training
  • Understanding discipline
  • Physical preparation, health and lifestyle
  • International institutions and human rights
  • Understanding the impact of war, conflict and terrorism
  • Outdoor and adventurous expeditions
  • Crime and its effects on society
  • Command and control
  • Responding to incidents
  • Planning and management of major incidents
  • Practical team sports
  • Exercise, health and lifestyle
  • Instructing physical activity and exercise
  • Police powers
  • Behaviour in public service employment.

This course consists of the 90-credit Diploma in Year 1 followed by the Extended Diploma in Year 2.

The college has close links with Isleworth Fire Station, which means you will have opportunities for ‘real’ public service training. The teachers on the course are from uniformed and emergency services background, andvisiting speakers from the industry will come into college to lecture and provide practical training sessions. We recommend that all students doing our public service courses join a local cadet force (eg police cadets, sea cadets, air cadets, army cadets etc) which may then be used as your work experience option. You will also take place in an annual residential.

Entry requirements

At least 4 GCSEs at grades A*-C / grades 9-4, or a merit or distinction in a relevant subject at Level 2 with functional skills in English and maths. There are no medical or health checks, but you should be aware that most uniformed services demand very strict standards in this area.

If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email ciag@west-thames.ac.uk.

Assessment

The course is 100% coursework ranging from report writing to practical assessments.

Financial information

This course is free for students aged 16-18 but you will need to purchase a uniform. There will also be further costs for a residential trip, however financial assistance may be available to help with these costs.

Future opportunities

You can apply for employment in the public services, e.g. fire service, police, armed forces and related civilian occupations, or you may wish to progress to a higher education programme.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

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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: 02 August 2017
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    • General Enquiries
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 020 8326 2000
    • Email address:
    • info@west-thames.ac.uk

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