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Public Services Level 2 Extended Certificate at Heart of Worcestershire College

Course description

Would you love to work for the Police or save lives as a Fireman? Are you a natural leader? Are you self-motivated? A course in Public services could be the perfect choice for you!

The aim of the course is to prepare students for a career in a uniformed or non-uniformed public sector e.g. Police, Fire, Ambulance, Prison, Armed Forces, Customs & Excise, or Local Authority. This is also excellent preparation for progression to the Extended Diploma in Public Services, Level 3. The course relies heavily on the ethos and ethics of all public services; teamwork, leadership, commitment, self-discipline, dedication and reliability. As students are being prepared for a career in a disciplined service they will be expected to wear the specified uniform.

The programme of study is designed to give young people a realistic insight into the work of all these career paths. Students will study a variety of course specific topics these include; The Role and Work of the Public Services, Crime & its Effects on Society, Adventurous Activities, Health, Fitness and Lifestyle, and Preparing to Respond to Emergency Incidents. Alongside this students will continue to develop their English and maths skills and will be expected to undertake a minimum of 30 hours’ work experience or voluntary work.

Students will learn through academic classroom based lessons, practical activities such as sports, role-plays and presentations and through outdoor activity residentials (hiking, camping and abseiling). The ability to carry out independent research, write/type up assignments in their own time, and meeting deadlines are crucial qualities for every student.

Entry requirements

Students must possess at least 4 GCSEs at grade D (to include English and maths). Alternatively, students can progress to the Level 2 Diploma by completing a relevant Level 1 qualification together with English and maths at Level 1.

Future opportunities

The skills gained will lead to many careers in all areas of military and emergency services both as civilian support staff or ‘frontline’ officers. The skills of problem-solving, teamwork, leadership, decision making and resilience are also transferable to many other careers. 

Successful completion of this course will allow you to progress to a Level 3 qualification such as the Extended Diploma in Public Services, Level 3 (subject to a successful interview).

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heart of Worcestershire College directly.

Last updated date: 29 September 2016

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