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Public Services BTEC Level 3 Diploma at Coulsdon Sixth Form College

Course description

The Diploma in Public Services is a two year course, aimed at students interested in understanding the role that Public Services play within society today.  It is particuarly suited to students considering careers within the Uniformed Public Services such as the Police Service, Fire Service, Army, NHS or Prison Service.   The course is extremely hands-on and students are given opportunities to meet and talk to Public Services personnel and get a taste of what their day-to-day jobs might involve.  The Diploma is equivalent to two A Levels.

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

Course content

Students will acquire knowledge in a wide range of subject areas related to public services including:

  • Criminology
  • Law
  • Citizenship & Diversity
  • International Perspectives and Human Behaviour

Students will also develop a variety of personal skills such as:

  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Fitness

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.  Ideally students should be a Cadet (eg Police, Army, Royal Airforce) or have voluntary experience, working with organisations such as St John's Ambulance.  


This course is a non-exam based course.  Students are assessed via coursework, role plays, projects, individual/group presentations and  practical assessments. On the Diploma, students will complete 120 credits worth of coursework over the two years of the course.

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 transferable skills that are needed to work in areas requiring teamwork and self-discipline. Many students progress 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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