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Uniformed Public Services Extended Diploma Level 3 at Gloucestershire College

Course description

This course provides you with a high degree of knowledge surrounding a range of public services skills. Learners can take part in Army Cadet Force and adventurous activities in the local area and on residential trips.

You also have the opportunity to gain additional qualifications and awards such as first aid and the Duke of Edinburgh award.

Students are required to attend the Army Cadet Force as part of the course.

Course content

  • Government
  • Policies and public services
  • Team Leadership
  • Citizenship
  • Team Development
  • Understanding Discipline and Physical Preparation and Fitness for the uniformed Services.

We aim to get you as involved as much as possible with real public service activities and events, ranging from Pre- Royal Marine Course training weeks, riot training with Gloucestershire police right through to multi- service emergency incident exercises.

In the second year we will support the students in planning for their next steps- whether this is into Higher Education or starting the application process for their chosen public service.

It is in this year that we expect to see the students start taking personal challenges- whether this is progressing onto their Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh award or working in the community as volunteers. ACF will also continue during this year.

Our year 2 students will hold positions of rank within the Gloscol ACF Company. The course has many practical activities and students must attend these sessions wearing appropriate clothing and footwear.

Entry requirements

  • You need to have successfully completed four-five GCSEs at grades A* to C including English and Maths or have successfully completed a Level 2 qualification in a relevant subject with merit and have completed/made significant progress on the previous level of maths and English.
  • Selection is based on a successful interview and initial assessment outcome. You must be able to take part in residential, outdoor and physical activities.

Future opportunities

Upon completion, you may move on to the Foundation Degree in Uniformed Public Services or other higher education courses in public services. You may also seek employment directly in industry.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 04 April 2016
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