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Public Services BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma at Congleton High School

Course description

Are you interested in finding out more about the huge range of opportunities available in the public services, such as Police, Emergency Fire Services, Security, Prison Services or the Armed Services? Do you want to develop a wide range of skills and knowledge that any employer will value? Or perhaps you already know that you want a career in this sector but you want to develop the skills and knowledge that recruiters will look for. If so, this course will be suitable for you.

The course allows you to develop your knowledge of public services, including the roles and responsibilities within them and to develop the skills that working in public services requires, such as team -working, communication, taking responsibility for your own performance and behaviour.

Course content

To achieve the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Public Services, you must complete three Mandatory Units:
- Government, Policies and the Public Services
- Leadership and Teamwork in the Public Services
- Citizenship, Diversity and the Public Services

and optional units taken from a wide range of choice which might include:
- Outdoor and Adventurous Expeditions
- Custodial Care Services
- Responding to emergency service incidents
- Physical Preparation, Health and Lifestyle for the Public Services
- Behaviour in Public Sector Employment
- Crime and its Effects on Society
- Police Powers
- Understanding the Impact of War, Conflict and Terrorism on Public Service

Entry requirements

Ideally you will have 5 GCSEs at Grades C or above. However all applications will be considered on an individual basis and, above all, you will need to have an interest in and enthusiasm for the modules chosen for this qualification.


You will do lots of group work and practical activities throughout the course. You will also complete individual research. Visiting speakers from Public Services such as the Royal Navy, the Army, the Police Force, the Prison Service and the Fire Service will be invited to speak to you and visits to Public Service organisations such as a prison will be arranged. Assessment is continuous. You will have a number of internally assessed coursework assignments to complete.

Future opportunities

The course provides a good foundation for either further Public Services related studies at college or university or as a qualification to support a career in: the Army; the Navy; the RAF; the Police Force; the Fire Service; the Ambulance Service; the Prison Service; the Civil Service; Social Work; Criminology; Personnel Management; Teaching; and the list goes on… It will also be useful as a general qualification to support an application to study something completely different.

Further information

This course can be taken in conjunction with other vocational or academic courses at Congleton High School Sixth Form or The Congleton College.The BTEC in Public Services can be studied alongside
Intermediate or Advanced Level courses.
This course could also be combined with a substantial component of training which is delivered by The Congleton College in the work place.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Congleton High School directly.

Last updated date: 13 October 2016
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