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Public Services at Neston High School

Course description

What is BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Public Services?
This is a two year, full-time course providing a specialist, work-related programme of study. It is a practical, work-related course where you learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. As well as learning about a variety of public services and their role in society, you will develop essential life skills needed to start a career.
Learners will complete 12 units which is the equivalent to two A Levels. This means when you have finished the course you can choose whether to get a job straight away or go into higher education.
Is BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Public Services suitable for me? The BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Public Services will appeal to you if:
* You are interested in following a vocational qualification in public services that prepares you for further study, employment or university entry
* You enjoy taking part in an active lifestyle
* You are interested in a course that is assessed via internally set and marked coursework assignments
* You have the ability to manage your time effectively and work independently
* You are interested in a career in the military, sports, police force, fire services, NHS and ambulance service. What will I do? The course is made up of 12 units; six core units which everyone takes plus a further six out of 12 specialist units. The specialist units enable you to study particular areas in depth. This course aims to prepare students to pass both physical and academic assessments for entry to any of the uniformed services. It is a highly practical course building upon many aspects of your personal development.
Examples of units covered include:
* Uniformed public services employment
* Team leadership in public services
* Citizenship, contemporary society and public services
* Team development in public services
* Understanding discipline within the public services
* Physical preparation and fitness for entry into public services
* Outdoor and adventurous expeditions
* Command and control in public services
* Responding to emergency incidents
You will also be involved in many visits to outside organisations - your full commitment and attendance to these outings is essential.
Examples of some of the excursions/talks include:
* Army Residential/Entry tests
* Presentations at College by RAF/Army/Royal Navy/Police
* Personal development activity displays by Royal Marines and Army
* Peak District - hill-walking, adventure training
The course is based primarily on continual assessment, comprising of both theory and practical assignment work, presentation and group work. Two units are however externally assessed, although this is also via an assignment.
An overall grade for the Diploma is awarded at the end of the two-year course.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs A* - D and an ability tocomplete DoE Bronze.Leadership potential

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 August 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years