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Public Services (Uniformed) BTEC Level 3 at Runshaw College

Course description

Why should I come to Runshaw to study Public Services?

You can expect an engaging course, with an industry focus, delivered by staff with recent experience from the uniformed public services. The course is made up of a wide subject base including the study of Major Incidents Criminology and Expedition Skills, and Law and the Legal System.

The course is designed to equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge to enter a career within the uniformed Public Services.

Students will have a wide range of enrichment opportunities to develop their knowledge of careers and develop employability skills. Previously students have experienced an exciting range of activities and benefited from a range of speakers from the uniformed public services. They have also enjoyed a wide variety of up to date industry specific activities with all the uniformed services, for example:

  • Police training school visits
  • Self-defence classes
  • Visits to the Houses of Parliament

What will I study?

The core curriculum will give students an underpinning knowledge in a wide range of relevant and up to date public sector areas that include:

  • Leadership
  • Politics
  • Discipline
  • Crime and its effects on society
  • Health and fitness

Entry requirements

For access to our Advanced Vocational courses, our entry requirements are 5 x Grade 4 equivalent (5 x Grade 4 or C). This should include Maths or English (Language or Literature) at Grade 4, and no less than a 3 in the other.

Public Services does not have any specific additional requirements.


How is the course assessed?

The course is 80% theory and 20% practical.

All students must participate in the practical sessions, which may include a residential, in order to fulfil the requirements of the course. All assessment is via coursework, either in the classroom or during activities in sports facilities or in the outdoors.

Financial information

No course fees are applicable for 16-18 year old learners who meet funding regulations.

Future opportunities

What will this course prepare me for?

A wide range of careers are available to learners on completion of the course e.g. Uniformed Public Services such as Police, Fire and Rescue, Ambulance, Prison and Armed Forces or even Customs and Excise, media, or within the private security industry.

Many students go on to university after successfully completing this course, some examples are:

  • Leeds University – Criminology
  • Manchester Metropolitan – Law
  • Lancaster University – Business
  • Liverpool John Moores – Criminology and Psychology

Where are you going?

  • Armed Forces
  • Paramedic
  • Police Officer
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Prison Officer

Further information

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 21 September 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: LVEDPUB

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