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Level: 2

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This study programme is specifically designed to support students who will need to complete GCSE resits in both English and Maths. Emphasis is placed on skills development at this level and so a supportive programme of maths and English is compulsory within the course and will make up the bulk hours of study during the year.  

Students on this course are expected to engage in supporting a range of community and regional events. This will mean that weekends will often be part of the academic timetable in order to fulfil work experience placements.

Entry requirements

You will need to complete an interview and screening test in maths and English. Entry onto this course will be specifically for students who are required to re-sit their GCSE Maths and English qualifications.
 
The study programme will focus on the achievement of English and Maths GCSE, with a Public Service programme supporting the timetable.
 
You are expected to maintain high standards of discipline, punctuality and attendance. It is essential that you work to the deadlines set or you risk the chance of not achieving your programme of study.
 
Practical sessions are compulsory, so you must be physically able to
take part in both indoor and outdoor sessions. You will also be expected to volunteer on selected weekends throughout the year.

Course Content

The course is made up of a number of units which can include:
  • GCSE English and Maths
  • Multi-day Expedition
  • Public Services Project
  • Physical Preparation
  • Work Placement
It also includes a tutorial session to monitor your progress, set targets, support your main programme of study, help your future progression and enhance your life skills. The completion of your GCSEs will enable you to apply for higher level courses.
 
Students will have the opportunity to complete Duke of Edinburgh and Stewarding awards.
 
You need to be aware that certain volunteering events and work placements take place at weekends or evenings and you will be expected to attend these.  We ask that you understand this expectation before you commit to other activities, as many events depend on your involvement to enable them to run safely and efficiently.
 
You have to fulfil a minimum of 72 hours of work placement. Many of these hours will be offered to you through our existing partnerships with employers.

 

How will I be assessed?

You will build a portfolio based around evidence generated by the various assessment methods in each unit. You are expected to work on multiple assessments at any one time. You will be assessed through practical demonstrations, logbooks and performance records, written reports and essays, presentations, workbooks, discussions and vivas.

Maths and English will be assessed through course work, controlled assessment and final exam.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You are expected to purchase a uniform to wear at College and for practical sessions. Kit costs vary depending on the items purchased and the cost is non-refundable once the order has been placed. You are also asked to contribute towards the end-of-year celebration event and our extensive roster of trips and guest speakers. Total costs are approximately £100.

Your College kit and ID card should be worn at all times when on site.

There may be additional events during the year to which you may be expected to contribute.

Financial assistance is available, depending on your circumstances.

For applicants from outside the region or who travel over distance, the College has residential accommodation if required.

What can I do after this course?

Further study
 
On successful completion, the course provides an excellent platform for progression to the course in:
  • Leadership and Security Skills for the Protective Services
Careers
 
You may also wish to seek voluntary or paid employment in the Public Services or security industry as a door supervisor, CCTV operator or security guard - or you could apply for the special constabulary or reservist forces. You do not, of course, have to enter the Public Services as the skills gained on this course are transferable to a wider range of job areas. 

 

 

 

 

This course is run at the Broomfield Hall Campus

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Josh Randall

Josh Randall

Public Services course helps Josh prepare for life as hydrographer in Royal Navy

Taking a BTEC level 3 course in Public Services at Derby College has helped former Ilkeston student Josh Randall to prepare for an exciting life in the Royal Navy.Josh, who completed his basic training at HMS Raleigh last October, joins his first ship this summer and can't wait.Josh is from a military family (his dad was formerly in the army and his brother is currently a serving soldier) but had originally thought of doing something different when he left school.Finding out about the Royal Navy's careers in hydrography changed all that though and he applied to join the service shortly after leaving school.As a hydrographer, Josh will be involved in mapping seas and oceans – a role which combines his love of science, geography and global travel.Josh, who is now 17, is so pleased he took the Derby College course before embarking on his naval career.He found the BTEC gave him greater insight into what to expect in the armed forces and provided him with useful information on legal aspects, such as The Geneva Convention.It also taught him the importance of team leadership:

He said: "Leading a team when you're only 16 is a big ask, but the Derby College course gave me confidence and was great experience. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone thinking of joining the armed forces."

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