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BTEC Public Services Level 3 at Birchwood Community High School

Course description

On successful completion of a BTEC in Public Services, students can progress into employment in the Public Service Sector or continue their studies at higher education establishments, leading to specialist courses in Public Services. 

Public Services BTEC Level 3

Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Certificate,

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma/Diploma

The course is equivalent to 1, 2 or 3  A Levels (depending on the course followed).

These qualifications are targeted at students who would like, eventually, to gain employment in the uniformed public services sector (e.g. Police, Fire Service, Army, Navy, Royal Air Force, Royal Marines, Prison Service and Probation Service).  The course will give students the skills they need to understand the uniformed public services sector through studying a variety of units over a two year period.

The course will provide a real insight into the work carried out by our public services and will give you the knowledge, skills and understanding you will need for direct employment into a range of public services or for progression on to a university course.

Course content

  • Government, Policies and the Public Services
  • Team Leadership in the Uniformed Public Services
  • Citizenship, Contemporary Society and the Public Services
  • Outdoor and Adventurous Expeditions
  • Crime and its Effects on Society
  • Responding to Emergency Service Incidents
  • Team Development in Public Services
  • Understanding Discipline within the Uniformed Public Services
  • Physical Preparation and Fitness for the Uniformed Services
  • The Planning for and Management of Major Incidents 

Entry requirements

Requirements for entry on to this course are 5 A*-C grades at GCSE, or a BTEC Level 2 qualification with at least a merit.


Assessment is continuous and you will complete a variety of assignments, some of which are practical and some project based. Evidence for assessment can include portfolio work, research/written assignments, video/observations, presentations all graded at Pass, Merit and Distinction. All units are assessed individually and the final grade is an aggregate of the unit grades achieved in all the units covered.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Birchwood Community High School directly.

Last updated date: 29 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years