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Public Services – BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma

Course Code: 73082-01

This course is suitable for students who would like to work in the uniformed or non-uniformed public services, including police, fire, prison and ambulance service, armed forces, probation or crown prosecution service.

Cost16-18 No Fee, 19+ £4,670 (Fees may be subject to change) Advanced Learner Loan may be applied for.
When September 2020Duration1 Year
Level3AttendanceFull time

You should aspire to work in a management or senior ranking role, and this course is also suitable for those wishing to access higher education at university as this comes with UCAS points, and provides a differing, more practical route than schools.

There is a balance of academic and practical units delivered across the course with opportunities to gain work experience through volunteering with the Police and Fore services in this area. Students on this course are also provided opportunities for work experience in Finland and Slovenia and many go on to study at University or to join the uniformed services following successful completion of this course.

You will learn about the importance of discipline, teamwork and leadership within the public services and how these things can be affected by government policies. You will also learn about communication technology in the public services, command and control systems, how to deal with conflict, the impact of crime and the success of crime reduction initiatives nationally and locally.

You will develop your own leadership style and practice working in teams to solve problems and manage projects. You will meet and work with personnel currently serving in the public services and participate in various public service fitness tests in preparation for joining. You will also develop your self-reliance and resilience that will help to prepare you for any modern working environment, giving you the self-confidence to succeed in your career goals.

There are no exams; you will be assessed through coursework.

Assessment methods include online quizzes, discussion forums and blogs, case studies and observations of practical exercises. You can design a website, make a film and write reports as a part of the on-going assessment. Each unit has its own assessment targets and we use Google Classroom to help with access to teaching resources and the handing in of assignments.

Many of your lessons will take place in classrooms, but you will be expected to visit places of interest outside of college to enhance what you learn about in the classroom You will also be expected to work independently, taking advantage of the virtual learning environment to help you with this.

We offer many opportunities for trips and visits that also enrich and support the learning on our courses, often in conjunction with the public services.

A minimum of 5 GCSE’s at Grade 4 or above including English and ideally Maths or a Level 2 Diploma at Merit grade with GCSE English at Grade 4 or above and ideally Maths.
If you are under 19 and you do not already have English and Maths GCSE grades A-C or equivalent you will be required to undertake GCSE or Functional Skills alongside your main qualification.

After completing the course you will be able to apply for positions in one of the uniformed or non-uniformed public services, or you may choose to progress onto a Higher Education programme.

If you are aged 19 or over and considering enrolling on a further education course at Level 3 or above, you may be entitled to an Advanced Learner Loan to help with course fees.

Click on the link below to take you to the Gov.uk advice page for the Advanced Learner Loan. Please note, you will not be able to apply for funding until you have been offered a place and been given a letter from the college.


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Keighley College

Bradford Road, Keighley
West Yorkshire BD21 4HQ United Kingdom

Tel: 01535 685000
Student Absence Line: 01535 685109 / attendance@keighleycollege.ac.uk
Email: enquiries@keighleycollege.ac.uk

Exams Email: exams-KLY@leedscitycollege.ac.uk