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Public Services - Level 3 Subsidiary/90 credit Diploma in Public Services at Wakefield College

Course description

Life in the public services can be challenging, rewarding, interesting, and exciting and you will require a variety of skills, knowledge, and expertise to succeed. This course at Wakefield College will help you develop all these qualities and give you an introduction to careers within this sector, whilst providing you with many other skills, such as communication and leadership skills, that are vitally important in all uniformed public service roles.

Course content

What you will study 

A range of subjects to help develop your understanding and skills, including units such as: Planning and Management of Major Incidents, Health and Fitness for the Public Services, Law and the Legal System, Outdoor Activities and Expeditions, Leadership and Teamwork, Understanding Discipline, Citizenship and Government Policies.

Maths and English are key elements of any full-time programme of study in College. If you do not already have a GCSE at grade A*-C (or new grade 9-4) in these subjects, you will be required to attend additional lessons in these areas that will be allocated on your timetable. These are varied study sessions, and are designed to cater for all ability levels. You'll receive advice and guidance regarding the correct level for you.

Skills in Maths and English will support your future and your course, assisting you with assignment writing, research, job applications, presentations, managing your own finances and interpretation of data, to mention just a few. Most employers are looking for ability in these areas and the majority of university courses require you to have good Maths and English GCSEs, which is why the development of these skills are so important, whatever your field of study.

Entry requirements

4 Subsidiary Diploma - 4 GCSEs A*-C or 9-4 including English or Maths.
4 GCSEs A*-C or 9-4 and Level 2 FS English or Maths AND Functional Skill English or Maths at L1 or L2 or Grade D or 3 English or Maths.

90 Credit Diploma - 5 GCSEs at A*-C or 9-4 including BOTH English and Math.

Alternative entry routes - If you have successfully completed a full Level 2 qualification in a similar area with a Merit/Distinction profile and have the required Maths/English qualifications. 

In addition, you should have a good general standard of health due to the nature of some of the units that you will study. Most chronic conditions (e.g. asthma, epilepsy) would prevent an individual from successfully applying for many of the Public Services.


There are continuous assessments throughout the course. These consist of projects, presentations, physical demonstrations and written assignments. You may also be required to sit a controlled assessment as part of the course requirements; this will aid and develop your time management and rational thinking skills that will help you in your future career.

Financial information

For more detailed information on financial support please contact the Financial Support Team on 01924 789304.

Future opportunities

Further study 

Students who successfully complete this programme of study and have good references from their tutors have progressed on to the Diploma/Extended Diploma in public services. 

Career Opportunities

Entry into public services careers such as the Armed Forces, Police, Fire Service, Coastguard, Prison Service, Customs or other public organisations.

Further information

Please contact our Course Information Team on 01924 789111 for further details. 

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 01 November 2018
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