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Public Services (Uniformed) BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 at Hugh Baird College

Course description

This course is designed for students who wish to follow a career in the uniformed services, for example the Army, Navy, Police, Fire or Ambulance services. It will cover theoretical and practical subjects. 

The course places great emphasis on physical fitness and practical activities in order to raise your fitness levels to those required for entry to the uniformed services. The programme will also include Maths and English to help you achieve you future career aspirations.

Course content

  • Understanding the public sector – how the public services work
  • Law and the legal system
  • Leadership
  • Citizenship and contemporary issues
  • International perspectives
  • The Uniformed services – the potential world of work
  • Physical preparation for the uniformed services
  • Expedition needs
  • Human behaviour – psychology and behaviour
  • Media and the public services – how society perceives the public sector
  • Understanding discipline
  • Public services in Europe
  • Dealing with accidents – first aid and accident prevention
  • Teamwork
  • Health and fitness
  • Outdoor activities
  • Major incidents – command and control in the Police and Fire service

Entry requirements

In order to qualify for this course, you will need:

  • 4 GCSEs at grade A*-C including Maths or English


  • Public Services (Uniformed) - Level 2 at Merit or above and be working towards GCSE Maths and English at grade A*- C


You will be assessed by completing projects and assignments.

Financial information

16 - 18 Years: Free

Future opportunities

  • Army
  • RAF
  • Navy
  • Royal Marines
  • Coast Guard
  • Fire Fighter
  • Police Officer
  • Probation Officer
  • Young Offenders Team ( YOT)
  • NHS Administration
  • Police Civilian Administration
  • Job Centre Career Advisor
  • Communication and Technology (control room)
  • Security Officer
  • Criminal Courts Administrator
  • PCSO
  • Court Administration
  • Social Support Worker

Further information

If you are aged 16-19, this qualification will form a substantial part of your study programme. The study programme has been designed to ensure that young people are fully equipped and ready to move on to the world of work or higher level courses. In addition to your main qualification, will you also get the opportunity to undertake relevant and CV bolstering work experience out in your chosen industry. You will also be supported through maths and English qualifications.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hugh Baird College directly.

Last updated date: 21 April 2016
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    • By train

      The Merseyrail Bootle Oriel Road station is only a two minute walk from the College campus. This station is on the Northern Line and offers easy access to the College from Liverpool, Crosby, Formby, Southport and other areas.

      By car

      Satellite navigation systems (Satnav) – please enter our postcode L20 7EW.

      The closest motorway junctions are the M58 1a/ M57 Junction 7 – 3.7 miles (6km). Then follow the A59 towards Liverpool for approximately ten minutes, turning right onto the A5058 at the first roundabout, which leads onto Balliol Road.

      By bus

      Students can also travel to College on regular bus services from Southport, Formby, Crosby, Old Roan, Maghull, Litherland, Netherton, Litherland, Queens Drive and Liverpool City Centre. 

      • From Southport: 47, 48, 48a, 300
      • From Formby and Southport: 47, 48, 48a
      • From Crosby: 47, 48, 48a, 54, 62, 62a, 62b
      • From Old Roan and Maghull: 55, 300
      • From Litherland: 53, 53a, 55, 59
      • From Netherton: 52, 52a, 58, 59
      • From Queens Drive: 60, 81
      • From Liverpool City Centre: 47, 48, 52, 52a, 53, 53a, 54, 55, 55d, 155, 300