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Uniformed Public Services 90 Credit/Extended Diploma BTEC Level 3 at York College

Course description

Year 1 units may include: Government Policies, Leadership and Teamwork, Citizenship, Fitness Testing for Uniformed Services, International Institution and Human Rights.

Year 2 units will depend on the career pathway of the students enrolled onto the programme. The teaching team will focus the delivered units on the progression opportunities available, i.e. university or employment. Units include Law and the Legal System, Disaster Planning and Management of Major Incidents. 

As a course equivalent to A Levels, the workload can be demanding and coursework requirements can be intense at times. Most of the course is classroom based, although these may also have some practical work. Visits, professional speakers and opportunities to interact with the Public Services are a key component throughout, subject to the operational commitments of the services.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English Language (grade 4) or any Level 2 Diploma in a relevant subject at Merit grade and including English GCSE. Students will normally be enrolled onto the first year of the programme and then progress onto the second year once the first year is successfully completed. If you do not have Maths and English GCSE grade C (grade 4) you will be expected to complete these qualifications alongside your course.


Each unit of study has a number of assessment 'grading criteria', which show the student exactly what he/she is required to do to achieve a Pass, Merit or Distinction. The assignments cover these assessment grading criteria in easy to understand tasks set by tutors, and it is these tasks that are identified and marked along with comments by the tutor, usually explaining what is needed to gain a higher grade in future assignments.

Assessment includes written work, discussion, activities in class, presentations and some practical assessment, mainly individual but including some group work. When all the tasks have been completed an overall grade for the unit is given. For each unit points are awarded for Pass, Merit or Distinction and it is these points when totalled for the complete course which determine if the student will achieve a Pass, Merit or Distinction Diploma.

Future opportunities

Public Service - the course does not give any privileges in entering any Public Service and you will complete the normal entry procedures in competition with applicants from other backgrounds. However, you should have a good understanding of your chosen service and the skills and knowledge to make a strong application, provided that you also have the necessary personal qualities.

Students may wish to progress to the BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Public Services, or the BTEC Level 5 Diploma in Public Services offered at York College.

University - some Public Service students have continued in higher education following degree courses such as Criminology, Policing, Business, Sports, Disaster Management, Law, IT, Youth and Social Studies, etc. 

Employment - you will be in the same position as other college leavers with 2-3 A Levels and equipped with a range of personal and vocational skills to apply for jobs in the public sector. You will also develop key transferable skills that may help you help secure jobs in other fields, such as business, retail, leisure and recreation, etc.

Further information

Coursework can take 8-12 hours of private study a week. It is important to appreciate the time needed for written coursework. Remember the course is not practical and has a large classroom component.

Students with medical conditions considering a Public Service career should check its entry requirements.

Students, aged over 19 on the 1 September of the year the course commences will be required to pay tuition and assessment fees. If you are in receipt of an income based benefits please ask about financial assistance, which may be available.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 October 2016
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