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Public Services BTEC Level 3 90 Credit Diploma 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 easing the transition between school and the life in the services. Alternatively, you could use your qualification to progress onto Higher Education. In addition to studying the public services, you 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, entry requirements to services 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.

Your timetable will involve a minimum of 3 days at college, with some study time available in between sessions. However, it is paramount that you put in a minimum of 8 hours of independent study per week outside of college, which could involve researching, completing homework tasks or putting together assignments.

Course content

The course is made up of 10 units, which must be completed. These are:

  • Government, Policies and the Public Services;
  • Team Leadership in the Uniformed Public Services;
  • Citizenship, Contemporary Society and the Public Services;
  • Team Development in Public Services;
  • Understanding Discipline within the Uniformed Public Services;
  • Diversity and the Public Services;
  • Fitness testing for the Uniformed Services;
  • Outdoor and Adventurous Expeditions;
  • Land Navigation;
  • Communications and Technology.

Entry requirements

You will need 4 GCSEs at grades A-C. These must include English language and maths. Other qualifications that can be used are relevant Level 2 qualifications (a Public Services Level 2 must be at merit grade or above). You will also need to be successful in an interview and complete our induction programme.


You will create a portfolio of work over the duration of your course. All of your assessments will be internally set by your tutors and these could be 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 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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