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Uniformed Public Services QCF Diploma Level 3 at Croydon College

Course description

You can choose between a one and two year course. After having completed the one year course, which is equivalent to 1/1.5 A Levels, you can then progress on to the second year, which is equivalent to 3 A Levels.

This Uniformed Public Services course is a brilliant option for people who are seeking to further develop their skills and knowledge in preparation for a career within the emergency services, police, fire services, military, security work and the navy.

This course covers a range of topics that are relevant to the uniformed services such as crime and the impact on society, behaviour in the employment sector, sports and recreational activities and responding to incidents.

You will also benefit from external trips and camps where you develop your map and compass skills, team work skills and leadership skills which are all integral to the uniformed services.

We have excellent links with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and other services to enrich your experience of learning about the uniformed services.

Good English and maths skills are essential for success in studying and for future employment prospects and so Croydon College ensures that these skills are developed in all learning opportunities.

It’s also important to have good English and maths qualifications and so all students will study English and maths and work towards an appropriate level and type of qualification including GCSE. This will be part of all 16-18 year old students’ Study Programme alongside their main vocational or academic qualification and will be discussed with students at interview.

Course content

During this course you will have the opportunity to get involved with a wide range of external activities including:

  • Camps, trips, visits and scenario days

  • Excellent links with the MoD and other services to give you relevant information and experience

  • Guest speakers coming in to the College to pass on their experience and knowledge of uniformed services

  • Interesting and relevant seminars

You will be taught by industry experienced teachers from a range of uniformed services based backgrounds who will pass on their knowledge to help give you an in depth understanding of what a career in the uniformed services is like.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 4 GCSEs grade C or higher, one being English or maths or a related Level 2 vocational course at Merit or higher (if a Pass grade is achieved GCSE grades and/or functional skills results can also be considered).

English and maths assessed at Level 1 or above.

To progress to the second year Extended Diploma qualification you will need to successfully complete the first year of this course and demonstrate good attendance and punctuality at the College.


The course is assessed through a variety of practical  methods:

  • 50% of your work will be assessed through practical tasks assimilated on camps and trips.

  • 50% of your work will be assessed through tutor marked essays, reports, portfolios, presentations and seminar discussions.

Future opportunities

Students who successfully complete the first year of the course can progress onto the Extended Diploma second year.

Upon successful completion of the full two year course opportunities exist to progress onto:

  • BA (Hons) Uniformed Emergency Services

  • BA (Hons) Criminology

  • Training opportunities for the Armed forces, Navy, Police services, fire services.

You could also progress into job roles including:

  • Security work

  • Dog handling

  • Immigration officer

  • Paramedic training

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 March 2016
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      • a 2-minute walk from East Croydon rail station;
      • a 10-minute walk from West Croydon rail station and bus terminus;
      • accessible via over 25 bus routes and 3 tram routes
      • accessible by bicycle via the many cycle routes which also lead into Croydon centre.
      • 19 minutes from Gatwick Airport