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

Course description

This programme provides students with a broad-based knowledge and the roles undertaken in the Uniformed Services/Public Services with the opportunity to select specialised units in line with individuals career aims.

Course content

The programme consists of various units each carrying 5, 10 or 15 credits; a total of 180 credits must be achieved to successfully complete the qualification.


Routes to BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Services (Uniformed)

Year 1: Containing 10 mandatory units

  • Leadership & Teamwork in the Public Services (15)
  • Citizenship, Diversity and the Public Services (15)
  • Government, Policies and the Public Services (10)
  • Understanding Discipline in the Uniformed Public Services (10)
  • Fitness Testing & Training for Uniformed Services (10)
  • Planning & Management of Major Incidents (10)
  • Police Powers in the Public Services (5)
  • Behaviour in Public Sector Employment (5)
  • International Institutions (5)
  • Employment in the Uniformed Public Services (5)

Year 2: Containing 6 mandatory units

  • Career Planning for the Uniformed Public Services (5)
  • Understand the Impact of War, Conflict & Terrorism (5)
  • Communications & Technology (10)
  • Command & Control in the Uniformed Public Services (10)
  • Current & Media Affairs (10)
  • Security for the Uniformed Public Services (10)


  • Custodial Care Services (10)
  • Aspects of the Legal System and Law Making Process (10)
  • Crime & its Effects on Society (10)
  • Physical Prep, Health & Lifestyle (10)


  • Skills for Land Based Outdoor & Adventurous Activities* (10)
  • Skills for Water Based Outdoor & Adventurous Activities* (10)
  • Outdoor & Adventurous Expeditions* (10)
  • Land Navigation by Map & Compass * (10)

* See course costs.


Students have opportunities to attend an optional residential to the Ypres Battlefields in Belgium linking to the Understand the Impact of War, Conflict & Terrorism unit (£200)


Visits and visiting speakers are also an integral part of the course.


English & Maths

We are committed to helping students improve their skills in English and maths.  Students on a full-time course at College who missed out on GCSE qualifications at grades A-C in these subjects at school will attend additional classes and receive support to enhance their grades.  Depending on individual ability, students will work towards GCSE, City & Guilds or Functional Skills awards to ensure that they have the qualifications needed to progress to university or employment.

Entry requirements

Students should be 16 years of age and possess 4 GCSEs at grade C or above which must include two of the following subjects; Maths, English or functional skills equivalent at Level 2, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Double Science.  Or a Level 2 Diploma at Merit. Or a GNVQ Intermediate.


Students meeting the course criteria will be required to wear a uniform in college and on visits and actively encouraged to conform to Public Service codes of personal appearance and discipline throughout all aspects of the course (uniform details on application).


Continuous assessment of coursework, assignments, practical skills and project.  Submission of a portfolio containing evidence from the assignments that have been completed will be both internally and externally assessed.  There is no guarantee that our students will be accepted for training in the careers of their choice but their studies will give them the best chance.

Financial information

Course Polo Shirt

£14.25 each

Text Books x 2

£25 each



Adventure Training*


* Applies only to certain options


Students may be able to receive financial support, please contact Student Services for further information on 01785 275512.

Future opportunities

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Services is a recognised qualification equivalent to three “A” levels which can lead to job opportunities in the Uniformed Services such as the Army, Royal Marines, Navy, RAF, Police, Fire Service, Paramedics.  If sufficient UCAS points are gained progression onto Higher Education is a popular route for our students.

Further information

If you would like any more information about the college or our courses then write, visit or telephone Student Services on 01785 275468. Our email address is  If you are unsure about which course to take, we can arrange for you to get the advice you need from a member of our guidance team.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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