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Level 3 EXEXCEL Subsidiary Diploma in Public Services (QCF) at Cambridge Regional College

Course description

The course is full-time and takes two years to complete. The course consists of the following units:
• Government Policies and the Public Services
• Leadership and Teamwork in the Public Services
• Citizenship Diversity and the Public Services
• Physical Preparation, Health and Lifestyle for Public Services
• Understanding Discipline in the Uniformed Public Services
• Crime and its Effects on Society
• Planning and Management Major Incidents
• Practical Team Sports
• Outdoor and Adventurous Expeditions
• Communications and Technology
• Aspects of the Legal System and Law Making Process
• Security Procedures in the Public Services
• Fitness Testing and Training for the Uniformed Services
• Skills for Land-based Outdoor Adventurous Activities
• Responding to Emergency Service Incidents
• Instructing Physical Activity and Exercise

Compulsory residential activities to develop team work and practical skills are an integral part of the course. There is an additional cost to cover these trips, day trips, sports kits, travel costs associated with team games or residentials, and guest speakers. This charge is paid at enrolment and is non-refundable. The Learner Support Fund is available and could help assist in paying towards these fees.

Entry requirements

You will need 4 GCSEs at grades 9-4 (A*-C) or above, including English or Maths.


Successful completion of a full Level 2 Diploma in a related subject

Internal Applicants will need a BTEC NQF certificate.  All internal targets set by tutor must be met

You will need to be dependable, energetic, prepared to work hard and willing to become a disciplined member of a team. This course includes a large proportion of leadership and assertion skills training. As a result, a great deal of responsibility is placed upon you. In addition to the entry qualifications listed, the offer of a place on the course is subject to the outcomes of initial assessment, which will be taken at the College as part of the admissions process. Please note that entry criteria may vary quite significantly between courses at the same level. This is to take account of the specific skills needed for success on particular courses, the length of the course and the requirements for progression to the next level. Entry criteria are given as a guide, and the exact requirements in order to obtain a place on a particular course will be confirmed following attendance at a Welcome Event/Interview.


Each project, activity or assignment that you complete will be assessed. These assessments indicate your level of performance and contribute to your final grade. Each unit is graded Pass, Merit or Distinction. Assessment will be through practical and theoretical assignments.

You will be required to take part in weekly physical activity. You will also be assessed on your physical fitness four times a year. You must be willing to take part in all practical activities and assessments.

During your course you may have the chance to study the following additional qualifications available in our Academy:
CSLA (Community Sports Leader Award)
YMCA Level 2 Gym Instructor
Level 1 Football Coaching
Level 1 Basketball Coaching
Level 1 Badminton Coaching
Level 1 Rugby Coaching
First Aid
Personal Safety Awareness
Drug Awareness
GCSE retakes

There may be a certification fee for these qualifications.

During your time on the course you will have the chance to attend extra residential activities. These may include:
Football (girls and boys)
Water Sports in France and white water rafting
Ski trip - (Androrra)
PADI Dive course - Malta
Surfing - Portugal
Survival Level 1 and 2
Army/Navy/Marines look at lives

There is an extra cost for these activities.

Financial information

We are committed to providing financial support to learners where it is available. We would actively encourage you to enquire about possible financial support as soon as you can. Depending on your situation, you may qualify for a contribution towards College costs such as kit, equipment, residential fees, meals, childcare etc. Enquiries can be made to

Future opportunities

This course is designed for those who wish to take the first step in preparing for a career in the uniformed services, e.g.: Police, Fire, Ambulance, Armed Forces, Prison Service, Customs and Excise, Navy, Royal Marines.

As part of your course you may be accepted into one of our sports development centres. If selected for a development centre you will be given the opportunity for professional coaching in your chosen sport and entry into national and international tournaments on top of your studies.

This course is equivalent to three A Levels. It does not guarantee entry into any of the uniformed services, although it is designed to give you every opportunity to develop and improve the skills necessary for successful selection. This broad based course will also enable students to progress onto a variety of university courses. Many students progress into the services and related industries.

Students can also apply to be part of the Police Academy which is delivered by Cambridge Constabulary.  Students are given an insight into the role of a Police Officer and work Police Officers in developing the appropriate skills to support their application into the Police Force.

The college has its own Army Cadet Detachment providing leavers with their first steps into the services.  The cadets complete the cadet syllabus alongside their course developing skills and abilities that are required for the services.

Further information

We would encourage you to visit one of our Cambridge Regional College Open Days:

Cambridge: Wednesday 3rd April 2019 4:30pm-7:30pm
Huntingdon: Thursday 2nd May 2019 4:30pm-7:30pm
Cambridge: Thursday 13th June 2019 4:30pm-7:30pm
Huntingdon: Saturday 15th June 9:30am-12:30pm

If you need any more information about any of our courses, please request a copy of our full-time prospectus or contact our Information & Advice Team on 01223 226315.

Students who currently attend a Cambridge Area Partnership school should apply online via or by using the Cambridge Area Partnership application form (depending on your school). Please ask your careers teacher at school.

Once we have received your application, you will be invited to attend a college Welcome Event, which gives you and your parents/carers the opportunity to have a look around the College, talk to the tutors and ask any questions you may have.

We look forward to seeing you at the College soon!

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: 21 March 2019
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