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BTEC Diploma Level 2 Public Services at Newcastle-under-Lyme College

Course description

If you’re interested in joining one of the uniformed public services, such as the Police Force, Ambulance Service, Fire and Rescue Service, British Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, Prison Service or Maritime and Coastguard Agency a Public Services course at Newcastle-under-Lyme College will prepare you for the mental and physical demands of life in the services.

You’ll be taught by professionals with years of service in the uniformed public services so you’ll benefit from outstanding expertise and vast knowledge. You’ll also have the chance to take part in outdoor and adventurous activities like climbing, kayaking or expedition training as part of your studies.
TheBTEC Level 2 Diploma in Public Services is designed to equip you with the knowledge understanding and skills required for success in current and future employment, or progression to courses such as a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Services (Uniformed) and ultimately, university. Many students go on to study degrees in such areas as Criminology, Policing, Fire Management, Law, Forensic Investigation and Nursing.

You will also have the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attitudes essential for successful performance in working life.

The course uses a blended learning approach, mixing classroom theory with a hands-on experience. From time to time you will work on individual projects, as well as getting together with your other class mates to produce pieces of group work. To ensure that the course caters for all abilities and learning styles we make sure that our lessons cater for students who like to learn by doing, or listening and reflecting on what they have been shown. You will develop practical skills such as map work and navigation whilst at the same time developing the confidence to lead groups, be that in the classroom or on the hills of the Peak District.

Maths and English

Alongside your course you will study maths and/or English to improve your skills in these vital subjects by attending structured weekly sessions as part of your timetable. Maths and English development is also integrated in practical assignments.

Entry requirements

Ideally you will need four GCSEs at grade D or above. Alternatively, you may have completed a related Level 1 course to a Merit grade. You are also asked to attend a college interview to establish that the course is suitable to you career intentions.


The course is accredited by BTEC. There is no final written examination as you achieve your qualification through continuous assessment (however some units may involve small tests). This involves writing assignments, project work, presentation work and practical-based assessments. It is demanding and you will need to be organised and be able to work independently from time to time. Throughout the course you will collect evidence of your competence until you have gained a pass grade in all the units and skills. If your work is outstanding you may be awarded a merit or a distinction grade.

Financial information

Newcastle Maintenance Allowance (NMA): Anyone with a household income under £21,000 can receive £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances.

Future opportunities

On successful completion the course you gain a widely recognised Level 2 qualification, the Edexcel Level 2 BTEC Diploma in Public Services. A merit or distinction grade in this award may allow you to progress onto Level 3 qualifications.

Further information

You will learn through a well-balanced range of studies, which combines practical skills with theoretical knowledge. You will also develop skills that are applicable to many working environments including functional skills in maths, English and I.T. As a student you will also have the opportunity to take additional qualifications alongside your main programme. Typical activities that you will be involved in throughout your time on the course include outdoor activity days/residential (e.g. mountain biking and rock climbing), presentations/talks from the RAF, Royal Navy, Police, Army, Fire and Rescue Service, visiting Army bases, Royal Navy Warships, Fire Stations and taking part in Fire and Rescue Exercises where appropriate.

For more information contact Sam Holmes, Curriculum Leader in Public Services by emailing or calling 01782254256


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newcastle-under-Lyme College directly.

Last updated date: 18 November 2016
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