This course will prepare you for direct employment in the uniformed public services and is suitable for anyone who wishes to enter a particular specialist area of work. It includes work experience with one of the services to build your experience. If you know what career path you want to take in the public services, this is the course for you.
A range of pathways are available, dependent on your qualifications.
- Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (year 1)
- Level 3 90 Credit Diploma (year 1)
- Level 3 120 Credit Diploma (year 2)
- Level 3 180 Credit Extended Diploma (year 2).
- An insight into the public service sector
- The qualities required for a successful career
- Leadership and teamwork
- Competitive sports and outdoor activities
- Work experience and employability skills
- English and Maths, as required.
One or two years, depending on study programme. Normally in college three days per week.
Students who successfully complete this course can go on to study the subject at degree-level.
Students are assessed using a variety of methods, including presentations, written reports, role plays, voice recordings, video presentations, practical sessions, observations and posters.
Students are expected to find a suitable one-week placement in the public service industry. The college also runs a two-week residential at Strensall Army Barracks.
Work at a senior level within the police, fire and ambulance services, Army, Navy, Probation Service, Prison Service, the Courts and Tribunals Service, local authorities and many more.
Four GCSEs at grade 4 or C or equivalent, preferably including English and Maths, or a relevant BTEC Level 2 qualification. A satisfactory reference is also needed.
BTEC Level 3 in Public Services
Katrina was named ‘Outstanding Public Services Student of the Year’ at a highly prestigious national awards ceremony for her exceptional commitment to her studies and her efforts to help other people.
She scooped the title at the BTEC Awards 2017 – beating thousands of other students around the country – at the end of a year
which saw her excel in the classroom and highlight the dangers posed to young children by abusers.
“I work as a volunteer for the NSPCC and go into primary schools to give presentations to children about the different types of abuse people suffer from,” Katrina said.
“I wanted to do something related to my course and I saw this opportunity. It was one of the few things I could do related to the industry when I was only 16-years-old.
“On the course itself we have been on a lot of trips and have constantly been out and about building up our experiences. It has been really enjoyable. The tutors are also really good and helpful – they have been really supportive.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it and learned so much.”