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Public Services Diploma (Higher) 14-16 at Comberton Village College & Sixth Form

Course description

The Diploma in Public Services reveals the inner workings of this vibrant, varied and valued sector. You’ll discover how public service organisations operate and gain an appreciation of the social values that sustain them. A combination of classroom learning and practical experience will motivate and inspire you, so that you steadily build the skills you’ll need to work in this or many other sectors. What will I learn? The Diploma in Public Services gives you a comprehensive picture of how public services work and how they contribute to the individual, the community and to business. It introduces you to the many different services that are available to the public, and this will help you become familiar with the wide range of career and university options on offer. How is the Diploma made up? Principal learning (subject learning you have to do) At the heart of the Diploma are your core public services subjects. These will teach you the main things you need to know about the sector. You’ll learn about the issues that helped build it and that are affecting the sector today, how it works and what skills you need to have to work within it. Activities you might do in your principal learning: At Higher level, you will develop a deeper understanding of the role of public services. You’ll learn how different services are funded and look at how public services initiatives are promoted. You could, for example, carry out a straightforward cost-benefit analysis on a service for health and well-being. You might look at areas of conflict between communities for public services and propose solutions. You could use a range of communication methods and media to promote a campaign. Additional and specialist learning (choices you can make) As part of the diploma you will be able to study additional subjects. Functional skills in English, maths and ICT Like all Diploma students, you’ll develop a good standard of English, maths and ICT. These subjects are essential to succeed in any business or learning environment, whether you decide to continue in public services or move on to another sector. Personal, learning and thinking skills All Diploma students will develop personal, learning and thinking skills, such as team-working, creative thinking and self-management. These are vital skills in both life and work, and will be useful to you in the future, no matter which path you take. Work experience Your Diploma will give you the opportunity to do at least 10 days’ work experience. This could mean volunteering at Shelter or helping to plan a communications campaign for your local council. Whatever you do, this is a great way to use the knowledge, understanding and skills you have learnt in the classroom, and experience what work is like from the inside. Student projects During your Diploma, you’ll complete a student project to demonstrate the skills and knowledge that you have learnt. This could be a written piece of work, like a report on the ten most common enquiries and responses at a local tourist information centre or local authority. Or it could be a practical piece of work, like carrying out a traffic impact assessment or comparing successful and failed planning applications and explaining the decisions.

Entry requirements

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Future opportunities

A Diploma in Public Services will give you the skills you need for further education, university or work, and is a first step towards a career in the sector. It could lead you to a foundation degree in ecology or policing or an honours degree in business management, law or social policy. Or it could help you begin a career as a fire-fighter, police or community safety officer, in heritage management, housing or as an environmental health officer. However, the Diploma in Public Services doesn’t mean you have to opt for a career in this sector. Because a Diploma teaches a mix of subjects, it will give you the skills that will be welcomed by colleges, universities and employers in a wide range of areas.

Further information

This course is offered by the Cambridge Area 14-19 Partnership

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: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years