This course gives you an insight into working in the uniformed public services and offers the opportunity to develop the skills, personal qualities and experience that will help prepare you for further study or employment in this sector. You will learn about public services careers and employability skills; fitness, health, lifestyle, sport and recreation for the public services; teamwork and leadership: map/compass reading, expedition skills and experience; citizenship and society and crime and its effects.
The programme consists of a combination of lectures, practical activities, oral presentations, tutorials, individual research and group work. Speakers from other relevant organisations will also visit classes. As part of the course you will be expected to undertake a range of outdoor activities, including visits to various public services, e.g. Army, RAF, Magistrates Court. You will also take part in expeditions which may involve overnight stays.
In addition to general class work, you will be expected to use a range of textbooks for research purposes, as well as the IT facilities in the Learning Resource Centre. You will also have the opportunity to obtain additional qualifications and take part in sport enrichment activities.
Developing leadership skills
Assessment will occur continually throughout the programme. You will have unit assignments to complete and will be assessed on your group and individual work.
You will also have time-constrained assignments, as well as oral presentations. Each individual unit and the full award are graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction level.
You will require one or more of the following:
Two GCSEs at grade 4 plus GCSE English at grade 3 or above
NVQ Level 1 or equivalent qualifications, together with a good school report
Alternatively, you may have successfully completed the Pearson BTEC Level 1 Diploma in Public Services plus GCSE English at grade 3
You will also be required to complete a favourable interview. In addition, you should have a good general standard of health. Most chronic conditions (e.g. asthma, epilepsy) would prevent an individual from successfully applying for many of the Public Services
This qualification is designed to offer candidates the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding that will prepare them for entry into employment at trainee level within Public Services. Alternatively, on successful completion of this programme, you may wish to progress onto the NCFE Level 3 Diploma for Entry to Uniformed Public Services. Students with exceptional ability will be considered for progression studies on an individual basis.