OverviewPublic Services Advanced (Level 3)
This study programme will give you the opportunity to develop skills and experiences that will help you to pursue a career in the public services, and is ideal if you wish to join the armed forces, emergency services, paramedical services or Prison Service. The study programme will allow you to participate in a wide variety of activities, such as outdoor pursuits, fitness training and team building events. You will gain valuable insight from current and former public services employees, as teaching staff have served as members of Armed Forces or emergency services. You will also have the opportunity to meet working members of the public services.
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All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19 years and above, and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 19 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at: www.bedfordcollegegroup.co.uk/finance or view the Full-time Fee Flow Chart below.
If you are unsure whether you need to pay or not then please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990.Full-time Fee Flow Chart
If you are aged 19 or over and want to achieve your first full Level 3 qualification (equivalent to an advanced technical certificate, diploma or A-Levels) then this course is free.
If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.Find out more
If you live in any of the following areas and wish to apply for or enrol onto one of our courses, please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990 to check if your course is funded or not:
- Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
- Greater Manchester
- Greater London
- Liverpool City Region
- Tees Valley
- West of England
- West Midlands
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Studying Uniformed Public Services at College has helped me to discover what it is like to work in this sector, and I am now working towards joining the Police force. My interest started during a College trip to the Police and I chose to research further into the role of a Police Officer during my coursework.
My tutor Tony has worked in the Police, so he knows exactly what to expect and helped to introduce me to the Specials, or volunteer Police Officers. Tony gave me sheets to help me prepare for the interview and I am now in training with them. Once I graduate I’ll do around 16 hours of unpaid Police work a week.
I love that College is getting me ready for my future and I like the fitness side as well. I was on the College rugby team up until last year when I turned 19. We’ve also been on a one-week Army trip and visited the local Fire Service, while my two work experience placements have been in gyms working in customer service.
I have an unconditional offer to study Criminology and Policing at De Montfort University in Leicester. Once I graduate from university I will apply for a full-time job in the Police. Without the support of the staff here at College, I don’t think I would have got as far as I have. If they have some spare time they will always give it up to help you.
To begin this study programme you will need…
Duration: 2 years
- 4 GCSEs grades 9–4 ideally including English & maths OR
- Uniformed Public Services at Level 2
During the study programme you will learn about the types of careers available within the public services, as well as the application and selection processes. You will learn about the different roles that the uniformed services undertake and have an opportunity to perform them. You will also learn about fitness requirements for the public services and be tested against them. There will be opportunities to participate in a range of leadership and teamwork activities, as well as outdoor activities such as climbing, bush-craft, expedition skills, kayaking and camp-craft.
- Government policies
- Citizenship and diversity
- Water and land-based adventurous activities
- Physical preparation
- Custodial care
- Leadership and teamwork
- English and maths: If you don’t already have GCSE English and maths grade 9-4 (A*-C), we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills.
- Work experience
- Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills
- Additional vocational learning and qualifications: Trips and exhibitions will form a key part of the programme and you will have the opportunity to attend various trips and expeditions within the local area and further afield, such as the Peak District, North Yorkshire and North Wales.
You will be assessed though a variety of different methods throughout the course, including discussions, presentations, practical demonstrations, role plays, workbooks and written tasks.
You will gain:
- Public Services BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
Plus English and maths qualifications if required
You can also gain up to 168 UCAS points.
On successful completion of this study programme you could apply for relevant job roles in the public services or undertake study at university.
To take part in this programme you will be required to pay a fee of approximately £45 for required clothing and approximately £300 for an outward bound week in the first year, and approximately £100 for an additional expedition in the second year.
All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at www.bedfordcollegegroup.ac.uk/finance.
If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Find out more at www.bedfordcollegegroup.ac.uk/loans. You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.
Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.
Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
We are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.
We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 to order your copy.