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Entry to Uniformed Services Level 2 NCFE Diploma at Isle of Wight College

Course description

A career in the Uniformed/Public Services is very satisfying for those who enjoy working with people. This one year course will provide a realistic introduction to work in any of the Public Services including Fire, Police, Ambulance, Prison, Customs and Excise, Armed Forces and Coast Guard. You will find the course stimulating and varied as it combines classroom-based study with outdoor activity and group work. The different course units are aimed at developing the skills and qualities necessary to handle demanding but very rewarding jobs.

Course content

The course is made up of 9 units – seven mandatory units which everyone takes and two specialist units.  The specialist units enable you to study particular areas in depth.

All students take 7 mandatory units:

  • Investigate employment in the uniformed services
  • Physical fitness for the uniformed services
  • Develop team working and problem solving skills
  • Health and Safety in the uniformed services
  • Health and hygiene in the uniformed services
  • Follow uniformed service routine
  • Exploring equality and diversity for the uniformed services

And 2 specialist units:

  • Carry out map reading and navigation
  • Explore volunteering and volunteering opportunities

Opportunities will be provided throughout the course to improve Maths, English, Problem Solving, Communication and Leadership Skills and to develop competence in the use of appropriate computer software. A residential period and a range of outdoor activities are essential elements.

Each unit of study is assessed by unit assignments which test knowledge, skills and understanding.

You will study English and Maths GCSE/Functional Skills which are essential for employment in any job sector and for progression.

You will also undertake The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme (Bronze or Silver) alongside the main course, the following sections will be covered:

  • Volunteering
  • Skills
  • Physical
  • Expedition

Entry requirements

You need to have an appropriate level of health, physical fitness and be prepared to take part in challenging outdoor activities. The academic requirements are 4 GCSEs at Grade D or above, including English or appropriate/equivalent functional skills.
All applicants who meet the above criteria will be invited to attend an interview, this will be followed by a one day induction which will consist of a briefing about the college and the public service courses layout, computer screening skills check, physical activities including a 1.5 mile run, interview and the requirements/equipment that is needed for you to complete the public service courses.

The College welcomes applications from mature students who do not satisfy the above entry requirements provided they can demonstrate, by virtue of other studies and/or experience that they are capable of coping with and benefiting from the course.


Your learning, supported by an experienced team, will consist of a balanced programme of lectures and practical “hands on” activities. You will undertake work-based assignments, research projects and case-studies based on real events. Some course work will involve observation of the Public Services at work and some will take place in both the local community and the countryside. Representatives from various Public Service organisations will make valuable contributions throughout the course.

Future opportunities

This course will prepare you for entry into the Armed Forces as well as the Prison, Fire, Police and Ambulance services. Learners who achieve an appropriate grade on the NCFE Diploma for Entry to Uniformed Services : Level 2 can progress onto Public Services Level 3 course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Isle of Wight College directly.

Last updated date: 19 January 2016
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