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Public Services BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate at Havering College of Further and Higher Education

Course description

Public services courses are designed to make you a more attractive candidate for employment in many of the uniformed public services - Police, Fire Brigade, Ambulance Service, British Army, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, Prison Service - and to ease the transition between school and the life in the services. In addition, you could use your qualification to progress onto Higher Education.

Course content

As well as studying the public services, we will also be improving your self discipline, time management and fitness, all of which can be used in any area of work.

The course will involve looking at work-related areas of the services, their entry requirements and selection processes, as well as some other related areas such as government funding, citizenship, teamwork, leadership and navigation. Your classroom sessions will make up approximately 80% of your timetable and this could take the form of lectures, discussions, role play or workshops.

There are 9 units that you will need to complete. These are:

  • The Role and Work of the Public Services;
  • Citizenship, Society and the Public Services;
  • Working Skills in the Public Service Sector;
  • Employment in the Public Services;
  • Crime and its effects on individuals and society;
  • Adventurous Activities in the Public Services;
  • Land Navigation my Map and Compass;
  • Health and Safety in the Public Services;
  • Preparing to respond to emergency incidents.

Entry requirements

You will need 4 GCSEs with at least 2 at grade D and 2 at grade E. These must include English language and maths. Other qualifications that can be used are relevant Level 1 qualifications. You will also need to be successful at an interview and complete our induction programme.


You will have 2 externally set assessments for 2 of your units. The rest of the units will be assessed internally by your tutors and this could be by essays, reports, posters, practical assessments or role plays.

All assessments are marked against criteria set by the awarding body, BTEC, and you can achieve Pass, Merit or Distinction grades for individual units and then ultimately, for your whole course.

Future opportunities

Successful completion of this course can lead to entry to university or higher education. As you will be 18 by the completion of the course, you can also apply to the majority of the public services for employment.

Successful completion can lead to employment in many of the uniformed public services - Police, Fire Brigade, Ambulance Service, British Army, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy or Prison Service.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Havering College of Further and Higher Education directly.

Last updated date: 18 April 2016

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