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Uniformed Public Services - BTEC Level 3 Diploma at Merrill Academy

Course description

Millions of people work in Britain’s Uniformed Public Services. They include FireFighters, Police Officers, Soldiers, Sailors, Prison Officers, Air Crew, Nurses and Paramedics. Their work is varied, exciting, demanding, responsible and vitally important. In Britain the importance of the Uniformed Public Services is widely recognised and billions of pounds are spent every year resulting in relatively well-paid jobs and excellent careers for the right people.

The advantages are so inviting many people want to work in the Public Services – and this is where the BTEC in Uniformed Public Services comes in. This course gives you an insight into what the Uniformed Public Services are all about, and prepare you for public service work. BTEC Public Services has a very practical emphasis and on completion you will have taken an important first step onto the ladder of a well-structured and rewarding career.

Course content

Unit 1: Government, Policies and the Public Services Understand how government policies are developed and the impact of those policies on the public services.

Unit 2: Leadership and Teamwork in the Public Services Participate in team building activities and understand why team building leads to cohesion within teams.

Unit 3: Citizenship, Diversity and the Public Services Understand the role of the Public Services in enforcing diversity and providing equality of service.

Unit 4: Understanding discipline in the Uniformed Public Services Get to grips with the complex nature of authority in the Uniformed Public Services and have the ability to demonstrate self-discipline as required in those services.

Unit 6: Fitness Testing and Training for the Uniformed Public Services Understand the fitness requirements for entry into the Uniformed Public Services

Unit 9: Outdoor and Adventurous Activities Plan and undertake a multi-day expedition, review and identify strengths and areas for improvement

Unit 10: Skills for Land-based Outdoor and Adventurous Activities Participate in water-based activities, manage risk and review your own performance and development.

Unit 11: Skills for Water-based Outdoor and Adventurous Activities Participate in water-based activities, manage risk and review your own performance and development.

Unit 12: Crime and its effects on Society Identify the effects of criminal behaviour on communities and understand effective strategies used to reduce crime.

Unit 13: Command and Control in the Uniformed Public Services Understand how individuals can exercise command and control.

Unit 33: Volunteering in the Uniformed Public Services Understand the importance of different types of volunteer work in the public services and undertake a volunteer role.

Entry requirements

To Study A's Levels or Applied Learning courses at level 3 you must have gained a grade C or above in English and Maths and have a minimum of three other GCSE's at grade C or above

Subject Specific

5 A* - C’s including English and Maths.


100% coursework

Financial information

A minimum voluntary contribution is requested with some of the off-site activities. With the exception of walking boots, all specialist equipment can be supplied by the academy.

Future opportunities

This course will pave the way to a career in the Public Services. If you follow this pathway you will find that the skills and knowledge gained will be transferable to a wide range of job areas such as Police Officer, Emergency Services and Armed Forces.

Further study at degree level can lead to careers in Social Policy, Local Government and higher level Public Service roles.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Merrill Academy directly.

Last updated date: 22 April 2015

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