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Public Services BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma at Coulsdon Sixth Form College

Course description

This course is designed to prepare students for a wide range of careers within the Uniformed Public Services or for progression on to higher education. Core units include Government Policies, Team Leadership & Development, Citizenship & Diversity.  Students will also study Crime & Its Effects and practical units including Physical Fitness and Instructing Physical Activity and Exercise. Within the practical elements of the course students will participate in different kinds of fitness training, take part in a number of team building activities and participate in Royal Marines fitness sessions.

What goes well with this course?
  • Sport
  • Health & Social Care
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Government & Politics

Course content

The course covers a wide range of topics including:

  • Government Policies
  • Leadership
  • Citizenship & Diversity
  • Health & Fitness
  • Land Navigation

Entry requirements

Students wishing to do BTEC Level 3 courses, need to have (or expect to achieve) at least four GCSE passes at Grade 4 or above including English and Mathematics (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on a BTEC Level 3 Programme.

Students will enjoy this course if they like to:

  • Complete coursework
  • Participate in practical tasks to enhance learning
  • Participate in physical activities and enjoy the outdoor environment
  • Complete independent research

Students should have a keen interest in working within the Public Services and enjoy communicating through speaking and working independently as well as part of a team.


This course is assessed purely through coursework (100%). Some coursework tasks might involve writing reports, individual or group presentations or practical tasks. Students will complete 30 or 60 credits worth of coursework during the duration of the Certificate or Subsidiary Diploma.

The exam board for this course is Pearson BTEC.

Future opportunities

A qualification in Public Services provides a firm foundation for a career path in this area and can help to set you apart from other applicants. The course also provides students with the transferrable skills that are needed to work in many different areas, eg Team Work and Self Discipline.  Many students progress on to university degree courses in Public Services (such as Policing or Criminology) and others go directly into employment within the Public Services.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Coulsdon Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 12 October 2017
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