Public services

Exam Board – Edexcel

Qualification – BTEC level 3 subsidiary diploma

Entry requirements – GCSE grade 3 in English, maths and science with PE being a preferred GCSE in addition

Course specification

If you believe you have the skills, qualities and attributes needed to choose a career in either one of the armed forces or one of the emergency services, then this course will prepare you for the discipline and hard work needed in these demanding careers. You will also get the opportunity to take part in discussions with people employed in various roles within the public services.

“I found the course very useful and joined the Royal Navy. Because I had done this course, the training did not come as a shock. I was up to date with current affairs and my level of fitness had improved. The course also made me more proactive.”

– Student

Some of the skills and qualities you will develop are:

  • team work
  • current affairs
  • presentation skills
  • self-discipline
  • confidence
  • lifestyle

This course, which is the equivalent to one A Level if you achieve a distinction grade, mixes classroom work with practical tasks and challenges. You will also get the opportunity to take part in organised outdoor activities to test your endurance levels, how you operate under pressure, as well as helping you to develop practical skills such as map reading and navigation.

The course covers the following subjects:

  • government and policies
  • leadership and teamwork in public services
  • citizenship, diversity and the public services
  • discipline within the public services
  • health and fitness

You will deliver written assignments throughout the course – using a combination of essays and group presentation tasks. You will also be observed and appraised by your tutor and peers, particularly in relation to practical tasks. As part of the course, you will be taught how to reference and how to present your work.

What doors will this open up for me?

This course will prepare you for the discipline and hard work needed in demanding careers in either one of the armed forces or one of the emergency services.

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