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Location: Broomfield Hall
If you have a keen interest in joining the Uniformed Public Services, this programme develops your knowledge and skills over three years, enabling you to resit GCSEs in both Maths and English.
In both practical and theoretical settings, you will study advanced concepts in government, discipline and physical preparation before moving on to study topics such as leadership, law, security procedures and citizenship.
You will need to complete an interview and screening test in maths and English. The entry requirements for this course are five GCSEs graded between 9-4, with 3s (or D grades) in both Maths and English.
The first year of the study programme will focus on the achievement of these vital GCSE grades, with a small Public Services programme supporting the timetable.
Any achievements in BTEC Public Services qualifications at Level 2 will only be considered if at Merit or Distinction grade.
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 at selected weekends throughout the year.
The course is made up of a number of units which can include:
- GCSE English
- GCSE Maths
- 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. You are able to choose a specialist route for the second year. Options are Uniformed or Non-Uniformed Public Services.
You will need to be aware that certain volunteering events take place at weekends and you will be expected to attend these.
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 exams.
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 will vary depending on the items purchased: the cost is non-refundable once the items are ordered. You are also asked to contribute towards the end-of-year celebration event and yearly gym membership. Total costs are approximately £140.
There may be additional events during the year to which you are
expected to contribute. Financial assistance is available depending on your individual 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?
On successful completion, this course provides an excellent platform for progression to:
- Leadership and Security in the Public Services (Year 2)
- The Foundation Degree in Offender Management
- Sports Coaching and Development courses
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. You could also 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.