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Public Services Extended Diploma Level 3 at West Lancashire College

Course description

The level 3 Diploma in Public Service course is a dynamic course for students who want a career in public services, the legal profession, outdoor activities or fitness training. 
Learners  will discover what public service careers and jobs there are. The course helps you to develop skills relevant to seeking employment in a range of public service organisations, outdoor activities, law or fitness training.

The level 3 course is a 2 year programme and if successful it can lead to progression onto a relevant degree at a Higher Education institute; entrance into public services as potential Officers in public services organisations, enter university on a range of courses such as Law, Criminology or Fire Management and Leadership; apprenticeships or related programmes.

This course is ideal for students looking for a career in public services, for example, HM Revenue and Customs, the police, fire and rescue services or armed services, paramedics, outdoor activity instructors, physical training instructors or professions in law and legal services.

The course consists of a combination of tutored lessons, guest speakers by public service organisations and the development of a range of skills required for entrance into the public services such as leadership, communication, teamwork, discipline and problem solving; The course is assignment and examination based. The course further develops your fitness training to help you in the entrance tests to gaining employment. There are visits to public organisation centres such as Fire and Rescue Services; Outdoor Activity centres to take part in navigations and activity days at RAF Aintree to develop team building skills.

Course content

Students will study a range of optional units such as:

 

  • Government, Policies and the Public Services
  • Leadership and Teamwork in the Public Services
  • Career Planning for the Public Services
  • Land Navigation by Map and Compass
  • Employment in the Uniformed Public Services

Learners will undertake a period of work experience (a minimum of 48 hours per year) appropriate to your course as part of the programme of study.

Learners will participate in the National Citezenship Service (NCS) which includes one week resedential and one week community project, this counts towards work experience.

Learner will participate in enrichment (a minimum of 30 hours per year must be completed)

Maths and English will be part of your programme of study and you will study qualifications in Maths and English, appropriate to your level of ability, alongside your chosen course

Entry requirements

A minimum of 4 GCSEs at Grade C or above (preferably including English and/or maths); or a First Diploma in a related subject at a merit or distinction; or equivalent qualifications. Candidates will be interviewed to assess their suitability for the course. We are interested in you enthusiasm and commitment to succeed.

Assessment

Assessment will be by continuous assessment of assignment work, projects, case studies and practical activities.

Future opportunities

Students who successfully complete the course are given support and guidance regarding potential careers opportunities and further study opportunities during the course and at our annual careers and progression fair. These could include: Police, Fire and Rescue Service, Customs and Revenue Officer, Navy and RAF. Additionally learners may wish to progress to Higher Education in areas such as criminology, management of outdoor activities, leadership and management in fire studies or public services management.

Students who successfully complete the course are given support and guidance regarding potential career opportunities and further study opportunities during the course and at our annual progression fair.


Potential careers could include entrance into public services as potential Officers in public services organisations: Police, Fire and Rescue Service, Customs and Revenue Officer, Navy and RAF, paramedics, outdoor activity instructors, physical training instructors or professions in law and legal services. Additionally learners may wish to progress to Higher Education in areas such as law, criminology, management of outdoor activities, leadership and management in fire studies or public services management.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 June 2016
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