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Public Services BTEC Level 3 Diploma with Applied Law BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma at Stafford College

Course description

Learners will complete both a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Public Services (Uniformed) and a Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Law.  The combined qualification provides the knowledge, understanding and skills for learners wishing to enter a career in Public Service law enforcement or legal representation.  Progression onto higher education to specialise in Law would be seen as a natural advancement for students on successful completion.  The course will give learners a breadth of experience to equip them for the world of work.

Course content

The programme consists of various units each carrying 5, 10 or 15 credits; a total of 180 credits must be achieved to successfully complete the qualification.


Year 1: Containing 8 mandatory units

  • Dispute Solving in the Legal System (10)
  • Understanding Law Making (10)
  • Aspects of Legal Liability (10)
  • Government Policies (10)
  • Leadership & Teamwork in the Public Services (15)
  • Citizenship, Diversity and the Public Services (15)
  • Physical Preparation, Health & Lifestyle (10)
  • Police Powers (5)
  • Understanding Behaviour (5)


Year 2: Containing 5 mandatory units

  • Unlawful Homicide & Police Powers (10)
  • Aspects of Property Offences & Police Powers (10)
  • Law of TORT (10)
  • Understanding Discipline in the Uniformed Services (10)
  • Custodial Care Services (10)
  • Security Procedures in the Public Services (10)
  • Fitness Testing & Training for Uniformed Services (10)
  • Responding to Emergency Service Incidents (10)
  • Communication & Technology in the Uniformed Public Services (10)


Visits and visiting speakers are also an integral part of the course.


English & Maths

We are committed to helping students improve their skills in English and maths.  Students on a full-time course at College who missed out on GCSE qualifications at grades A-C in these subjects at school will attend additional classes and receive support to enhance their grades.  Depending on individual ability, students will work towards GCSE, City & Guilds or Functional Skills awards to ensure that they have the qualifications needed to progress to university or employment.

Entry requirements

Students should be 16 years of age and possess 5 GCSEs at grade C or above which must include English or functional skills equivalent at Level 2 and one of the following subjects; Maths, English, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Double Science.


Students meeting the course criteria will be required to wear a uniform in college and on visits and actively encouraged to conform to Public Service codes of personal appearance and discipline throughout all aspects of the course. (Uniform details on application).


Continuous assessment of coursework, assignments, practical skills and project.  Submission of a portfolio containing evidence from the assignments that have been completed will be both internally and externally assessed.  There is no guarantee that our students will be accepted for training in the careers of their choice but their studies will give them the best chance.

Financial information

Course Polo Shirt            £14.25 each

Text Books x 2                £25 each

Trips*                               £250

* Applies only to certain options


Students may be able to receive financial support, please contact Student Services for further information on 01785 275512.

Future opportunities

BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Public Services with a Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Law is a recognised qualification equivalent to three “A” levels which can lead to job opportunities in the Uniformed Services such as the Army, Royal Marines, Navy, RAF, Police, Fire Service, Para-Medics.  If sufficient UCAS points are gained progression onto Higher Education is a popular route for our students.

Further information

If you would like any more information about the college or our courses then write, visit or telephone Student Services on 01785 275468. Our email address is  If you are unsure about which course to take, we can arrange for you to get the advice you need from a member of our guidance team.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stafford College directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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