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Public Services BTEC Level 2 Diploma at St Brendan's Sixth Form College

Course description

The first three core units are compulsory. The remaining are specialised units. These are as follows:

Mandatory Units:

  • Public service skills
  • Career planning for the public services
  • Improving health and fitness

Specialised Units:

  • Expedition skills
  • Land navigation by map and compass
  • Sport and recreation for the PS
  • Employment in the UPS

The courses are taught by well-qualified and experienced members of staff.  Students will learn through a variety of methods including whole-class lessons, group and individual work including presentations, mock interviews and scenario based role play. There will be practical sessions as well as outside speakers from the Public Services. All students must complete a compulsory personal fitness programme.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade D or at point 3 (including English Language) of which only one can be a Level 2 vocational qualification (e.g. BTEC/OCR) at Pass grade or above.


There is no final exam with this course. Each unit is assessed by several written assignments contributing to a portfolio of evidence which will form the final grade of either Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*. This course typically has around 24 written assignments for students to complete across the 6 units.

Financial information

Occasional contribution to travel costs may be required for day visits. The final expedition has typically cost in the region of £60 per student. Other trips and visits may cost an additional £40.

Future opportunities

The skills and knowledge acquired through studying this course provide a sound basis for students who wish to progress to a Level Three course, including the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (one A-Level equivalent) and BTEC Diploma (2 A-Level equivalent). It is also a suitable course for those who wish to take up employment immediately from College because it prepares the individual for work within the community, or with their chosen public service

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Brendan's Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 24 October 2016

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