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

Course description

This advanced level course aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills to position you well to start a career in one of the uniformed public services. The broad range of topics include citizenship, the law, crime and human behaviour, and the course gives you the opportunity to develop your personal organisational, leadership and team work skills. Fitness exercise and off-site trips are part of the broad learning package. You will further develop your English, maths and ICT skills to help complete your course work and prepare for further study or employment. Initially you will study for the Subsidiary Diploma. Successful students will be invited to study for the Extended Diploma which they will complete in year two of the course.

Course content

The course is designed to give you a varied learning experience and provides a balance between discussion and theory sessions and more practical activities such as personal fitness, sport and outdoor activities. You will study a wide variety of units focusing on: citizenship, command and control, criminology, diversity, emergency service incidents, employment in the public services, Government and the public services, human behaviour, international perspectives, law, land-based and water-based skills, team development, team leadership, understanding discipline, physical preparation and fitness, and outdoor and adventurous expeditions. You will learn how to become a more independent learner as the course will develop your analytical and critical thinking skills as well as team working and leadership skills.

You benefit from computer workshop facilities, and there are also open access computer resources in the library.

Entry requirements

Four GCSE grades A*-C including English Language and maths, or a First Diploma at Merit and above with Functional Skills at Level 2.


All eighteen units are assessed by coursework. The course also features residential trips and offsite practical activities. Assessment is carried out using a variety of methods including individual work projects, group work, presentations, research and case studies, as well as input from guest speakers.

Further information

You could apply to the Armed Forces and Emergency Services such as the Police, Ambulance or Fire Service. Progression to higher education is also a popular route.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 September 2016
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    • BY RAIL

      Reading train station is a 20 minute walk from the College.

      Travelling from surrounding areas: there are direct lines from many local stations including: Didcot, Slough, Maidenhead, Wokingham, Basingstoke, Newbury, Pangbourne, Twyford and Earley.

      Travelling from London: there are regular trains from London Paddington to Reading taking 25-30 minutes.

      BY BUS

      There are regular bus services that stop along Kings Road:

      Reading Buses - routes 13, 14, 17
      Please Note: Reading buses require the exact fare.

      Arriva - routes 800, 850
      First Group - route 190
      Thames Travel - routes 126, 127

      In partnership with Reading Buses, students can get a weekly Travelcard at a reduced rate by showing the driver their student ID card.

      The Green Bus will be operating two new bus services from September 2014 for Reading College students.

      Service RC1 and RC2 will run once daily according to an agreed timetable on 175 days of each academic year connecting the college with Slough, Maidenhead and the areas in between.