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Public Services - BTEC Diploma in Public Services level 3 at Kirklees College, Dewsbury Centre

Course description

If you would like to pursue a career in the emergency services, armed forces or government services, such as the police force, HM Prison Service or British Army, then this is the course for you.

The course will prepare you with the knowledge and physical requirements of the public services.

Course content

You will cover units that accumulate 120 credits over 2 years and achieve the equivalent of 2 A-levels at grade A*-E. Units include:

  • Government, policies and the public services,
  • Leadership and teamwork in the public services,
  • Citizenship, diversity and the public services,
  • Command and control in the uniformed public services,
  • Volunteering in public services,
  • Land navigation by map and compass.

The course will give you the knowledge, understanding and skills you need for working in the public services at operative or officer level. You’ll learn to deal with challenging circumstances. The course combines practical activities with personal research and written work.

You will visit emergency service premises and receive presentations from visiting speakers, to give you an insight into a number of public services.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs with the following grades: English at grade 4 and maths at grade 3 or above, and 3 other GCSEs grade 4 or above.


There are no formal exams. You will be

assessed to nationally set standards throughout

the year through various activities, such as:

• Discussions

• Groups and individual presentations

• Written assessments

• Essays

• Practical demonstrations

• Fitness tests

• Group activities

• Observations and witness statements

• Completing Logbooks/Diaries.

Financial information

As a full time student you should not need to pay any course or examination fees (under 19).

There may be a cost for equipment, educational visits, printing etc.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of this course you

could progress on to a HNC/HND, Foundation

degree or an honours degree course in Further

or Higher Education. You will also have the

required skills and be prepared for employment

within the uniformed public services.

Further information
01484 437070

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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: 13 December 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years