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Public Services - Level 2 Diploma in Public Services at Wakefield College

Course description

Life in the Public Services can be challenging, rewarding, interesting and exciting and you will require a variety of skills, knowledge and expertise to succeed. This course at Wakefield College will help you develop all these qualities and give you an introduction to careers within this sector whilst developing your communications and leadership skills, that are vitally important in all uniformed public service roles. 

Course content

The course will provide you with an insight into life and work within the different Public Services, including the skills and fitness levels you need, furthering your knowledge of the law, citizenship and other areas, developing leadership and expedition skills and much more.

Maths and English are key elements of any full-time programme of study in College. If you do not already have these GCSE's at grade 9-4 in these subjects, you will need to attend sessions allocated on your timetable. These are varied and designed to cater for all ability levels. You will receive advice and guidance regarding the correct level for you.

Skills in Maths and English will support your full-time course, assisting you with assignment writing, research, job applications, presentations, managing your own finances and interpretation of data, to mention just a few. They will also help you in the future, as most employers are looking for ability in these areas. This is why the development of Maths and English is so important, whatever your field of study.

Examples of the units that you may study are;

The Role and Work of the Public Services
Working skills in the Public Service Sector
Employability skills
Citizenship, Society and the Public Services
Land Navigation by Map and Compass
Multi-day Expedition Experience
Crime and its Effect on Society and Individuals
Health, Fitness and Lifestyle for the Public Services
Sport and Recreation in the Public Services

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs 9-3, including English or Maths


There are continuous assessments throughout the course. These consist of projects, presentations, physical demonstrations and written assignments. You may also be required to sit a controlled assessment as part of the course requirements, this will aid and develop your time management and rational thinking skills that will help you in your future career.

Financial information

Tuition and certification are free if you are aged 16-18 years old. Related additional costs may include materials, equipment, visits, residentials etc which are payable by all students.
Any student entered/registered with an Awarding Body who has been given free entry and then withdraws or is withdrawn by a tutor will incur the certification fee associated with the course. Any resit examination will incur a cost.

Different fees apply to international students.

For more detailed information on financial support and fees for students aged 19+ please contact the Financial Support Team on 01924 789304.

Future opportunities

Further study

With the successful completion of this course, to a Merit standard, you could progress to a BTEC Level 3 qualification in Uniformed Public Services.

You may also progress to other Level 3 courses offered at Wakefield College subject to successful applications.

Career opportunities

This course will prepare you with the skills and qualities to progress to a career within a public sector organisation although most of the uniformed Public Services have minimum age requirements, so you will need further experience and training before you can apply. This course is just the first step on your way to a career with organisations such as the Police, Fire Service, Prison Service, Armed Services and many more.

Further information

If you require further information please contact: The Course Information Team on 01924 789111


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: 03 April 2019
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