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