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Public Services - NCFE Level 2 Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services at City College Brighton and Hove

Course description

Would you like to learn the skills, discipline and knowledge required to equip you for a career in the police force, fire service, ambulance service, army or navy?

Our exciting, active Public Services department provides you with all the support you need to get qualified and employed, or ready for university. On any level of programme, you can expect to study teamwork, leadership and interpersonal skills through your BTEC, DofE and Basic Expedition Leaders Award.

You will gain understanding of citizenship and diversity, politics and discipline, along with knowledge of the wide-ranging career opportunities in the Public Services. Based at our East Campus, you will have immediate access to fantastic sports facilities. You will also enjoy the specialist units such as outdoor and adventure expeditions, fitness training, expedition skills and water-based activities.

Learning will be varied and creative with an emphasis on practical skills, teamwork and fitness. You will visit public service organisations and hear guest speakers talking about their real-life public service experiences. The course also provides outward-bound expeditions and training opportunities with both the Armed Forces and Sussex Police.

Course content

This is a practical work-related course for people considering a career in the Public
Services e.g. Police, Fire, Ambulance, Prison Service or Armed Forces.

You will learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands.

Course Content:

  • Public Service Skills (10 credits)
  • Employment in the Uniformed Public Services (5 credits)
  • Career Planning for the Public Services (5 credits)
  • Improving Health and Fitness for Entry to the Uniformed Public Services (10 credits)
  • Adventurous Activities and Teamwork for the Public Services (10 credits)
  • Sport and Recreation in the Public Services (10 credits)
  • Expedition Skills in Public Services (10 credits)

Entry requirements

Students should have minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including GCSE English and GCSE Mathmatics.

Interview for entry: Interview required

Pre-entry preparation:
You will need to keep up-to-date with any news concerning the Public Services and any voluntary work you do would prove useful.


Assessment is through completion of a series of practical and coursework based assignment.

Financial information

All full time courses are free to EU residents who are under 19 years old on the 31st August 2016. The only fees you have to pay are for specialist resources and equipment and the cost of these varies from £25 to £300 depending upon the subject you are studying.

Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial help from the college's learner support funds. You should apply for financial support as soon as you receive your offer letter.

Future opportunities

After successfully completing this course you may feel that the natural next step in your education and training will be to apply onto the Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Public Services.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City College Brighton and Hove directly.

Last updated date: 22 March 2016
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    • Our East Campus is surrounded by beautiful Brighton countryside and just minutes from the bustling and cosmopolitan Brighton Marina, with its shops, restaurants, galleries, cinema, bowling alley and much more.

      Study Programme qualifications

      The East Campus has benefitted from much investment and houses the following courses in top-of the range facilities: Acting & Dance, Childcare, Multi-Trades, Health & Social Care, Motor Vehicle, Music, Public Services and Sport.

      City College’s new Technology Centre

      City College East Campus will be the location of a new £9 million Technology Centre. Expected to be completed in the 2016/17 academic year, this exciting new facility will be a leading educational and training hub for the next generation of construction workers. The centre has been specially designed so that students learning the different trades will be able to work together and follow each other through the construction process, mirroring true construction site conditions.

      Making music

      • State-of-the-art equipment, performing spaces and sound-proof rooms
      • 48 channel Audient mixing desk previously used by U2 and Brian Eno
      • 2 x 36 channel Audient desks, Dbx Compressors, Marshal, Fender and Trace Elliot guitar and bass amps - a musician’s dream

      Performance space

      • Drama and dance studios
      • Spacious rehearsal rooms
      • Theatre area

      Keeping fit

      • Full-size all-weather and grass pitches
      • Indoor sports hall
      • Sports teams include football, netball, basketball, rugby, boxing and many more
      • Fully-equipped gym, which is free for students
      • Full-size boxing ring

      Motor vehicle workshop

      • State-of-the-art workshop facility
      • MOT-standard equipment
      • Brake roller tester, rolling road dynamometer, tyre and engine bays, five ramps, modern IT facilities and an external valeting area

      Getting here

      City College East Campus on Wilson Avenue is located next to Stanley Deason Leisure Centre and is a short distance from Brighton Marina Village.

      Bus routes to Wilson Avenue include: 1, 7, 21 and 21A.