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Public Services - Level 1 Diploma in Public Services at Wakefield College

Course description

Aiming for a career in the Public Services? The Level 1 Diploma in Public Services provides students with a firm base and understanding of the work of the Public Services and provides development in the skills, knowledge and expertise needed to progress in this field. The course is a mix of both classroom sessions aimed at increasing academic ability and practical activities/visits used to develop fitness, confidence and teamwork.

Course content

Subjects include: Outdoor Activities, Map Reading and Navigation, Well-being and Physical Fitness, Team Working Skills and Employment Opportunities for Public Services.

Maths and English are key elements of any full-time programme of study in College. If you do not already have a GCSE at grade A*-C (or new grade 9-1) in these subjects, you will be required to attend sessions allocated on your timetable. These are varied and designed to cater for all ability levels. You will receive advice and guidance regarding the correct level for you.

Skills in Maths and English will support your full-time course, assisting you with assignment writing, research, job applications, presentations, managing your own finances and interpretation of data, to mention just a few. They will also help you in the future. Most employers are looking for ability in these areas and the majority of university courses require you to have Maths and English GCSEs at A*-C (or new grade 9-4). This is why the development of Maths and English is so important, whatever your field of study.

Entry requirements

3 GCSEs A*-G (or new grade 9-1)


Through the production of a portfolio of work that combines written and/or practical assignments. You may also be required to undertake presentations as part of your assessments that will build your confidence and communication skills that are vital for a career in all uniformed public services.

Financial information

Tuition and certification are free if you are aged 16-18 years old. Related additional costs may include materials, equipment, visits, residentials etc which are payable by all students.
Any student entered/registered with an Awarding Body who has been given free entry and then withdraws or is withdrawn by a tutor will incur the certification fee associated with the course. Any resit examination will incur a cost.

Different fees apply to international students.

For more detailed information on financial support and fees for students aged 19+ please contact the Financial Support Team on 01924 789304.


Future opportunities

Further study

On successful completion of this course and with good references from your tutors you can progress to the NCFE Level 2 Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Public Services or Level 2 Diploma in Public Services at Wakefield College. You may also progress to other Level 2 courses at Wakefield College.

Career opportunities

This course is the first step for those who are interested in developing skills relevant for a career within the Public Services.

Further information

If you require further information please contact: The Course Information Team on 01924 789111

For any further information you can contact Simon Mosley on 01924 789753, or the Academy Administrator on 01924 789804.

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 12 October 2018
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    • Thornes Park Campus (Postcode WF2 8QZ)

      Located just outside the Wakefield City Centre, our Thornes Park Campus combines a beautiful parkland setting with some superb facilities for the study of Music, Sport, Public Services and Travel & Tourism. Features include a Sports hall, gymnasium, fitness testing laboratory, climbing wall and sports pitches.

      Thornes Park itself contains a Rose Garden and Lake of the former Thornes House. The park also contains a bandstand that is used to host musical events throughout the year.

      Other facilities include an 18-hole pitch and putt, Tennis courts, Bowls, Miniature Railway, Cafe, Sports Pitches, Sports Pavilion and Athletics Track.