Public Services Level 3 Extended Diploma

Study the purpose, role and responsibilities of our uniformed public services, both in the UK and internationally, on this extended diploma programme.

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  • Duration

    2 Years

  • Location

    Banbury and Bicester College

  • Pathway

    Public Services

Are you looking to work in the British Army, Royal Navy, RAF, Royal Marines, police, prison or probation services, or fire and rescue services? We have industry specific programmes that enable you to progress directly into blue light and non-blue light employment, or advance to higher-level study at university.

We work in partnership with your potential future employers, including: Thames Valley Police, HM Prison Service, British Army, Royal Navy, RAF and the fire and rescue services. This gives you exposure to real-life training situations and allows you to forge relationships with key industry contacts.

What to expect on the programme:

  • expert training for the public services entrance tests
  • development of communication, self-discipline and team-working skills
  • opportunity to visit various public service settings such as prisons, police stations, crown courts, fire stations and RAF bases
  • participation in outdoor activities and the opportunity to do your Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award

Study the purpose, role and responsibilities of our uniformed public services, both in the UK and internationally, on this extended diploma. You will test your leadership and teamwork skills in the fitness, outdoor and adventurous skills modules, and become ready for employment or progression to higher education.

Practical work and training play a large part in the course and residential periods provide opportunities to link theory with practice. You will be required to attend some evening and weekend assessed activities as well as a period of voluntary work for the citizenship unit.

We also have visits from uniformed public services professionals so you can gain from their experience first hand.

You gain a good understanding of uniformed public services, roles and practices, and the qualities you need to join a service. You will develop your communication, confidence, self-esteem and team-working skills. Leadership qualities and teamwork are a focus of the qualification.

You will have the opportunity to gain qualifications to progress to higher education and you will receive assistance in your preparation for employment.

Topics covered include:

  • uniformed public service
  • employment team leadership
  • outdoor and adventurous activities
  • major incident management
  • crime and its effects on society
  • diversity and government policies
  • the public services

You have the opportunity to achieve a functional skill qualification in Englsh, maths or ICT.

You are continually assessed over the two years. Each unit is marked and assessed as coursework and some assignments may be integrated across the course units. Mandatory residential trips provide opportunities to assess the practical application of outdoor activities, teamwork and leadership skills.

5 or more GCSEs grades 4 and above (A*-C) including English and maths.

BTEC Level 2 Diploma grade Merit or Distinction plus GCSE grades 4 and above or Functional Skills at level 2 in English and maths.

If you are interested in a Level 3 programme and have alternative qualifications you would like us to consider, please contact us with your details. Applicants will be invited to attend an interview and complete an assessment. All students will have their literacy and numeracy needs supported within the programme.

Explore your career progression options

If you are considering applying for this programme, why not explore your potential career progression routes using our handy tool.

You can explore live job vacancies, next level qualifications and apprenticeship standards in your local area. Not only this but you can also watch videos of real people talking about their experiences of working in your specific industry or occupation of interest.

Why not visit us at an Open Event and find out more about this pathway.

Why Banbury and Bicester College?

  • Clear routes of progression with qualifications ranging from foundation level to degree level!
  • Industry experienced teaching staff give you the responsibility and independence you need to take charge of your own future.
  • 150+

    Courses available

  • 2018

    Rated "good with outstanding areas" by Ofsted in 2018

  • 79+

    years of teaching experience

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