Soldiers in the British Army in combat gear with rifles walking through grass

Uniformed Public Services

Interested in a career in the unformed or public services? These courses provide a great route directly into these sectors and are also a fantastic route into higher education.


Choose your Course

Uniformed and Public Services includes the Armed Services, HM Customs and Excise, Police, Fire Service, Security Service, Prison Service, Ambulance, Paramedics, Rescue Services and the Coast Guard.

Job roles could include:

  • A Police Officer
  • An Air Traffic Controller in the Royal Air Force
  • A Firefighter
  • A Weapons Engineer in the Royal Navy
  • A Royal Marine Commando
  • A Paramedic
  • And many, many more...

Lessons are classroom based but also include a range of practical outdoor activities and visits. You will develop important skills, such as teamwork and leadership, and have the opportunity to use these in the field

UPS students on trip with Police Quality Teaching & Training

We will guarantee you 11 hours of quality teaching and training per week with our specialist lecturer, a former uniformed public service officer, and our qualified outdoor activity and sports instructors who will prepare you physically to join a service.

In order to develop your team working and practical skills you will also experience activities such as mountain walking, orienteering, archery, mountain biking, caving, kayaking and canoeing.

Visits & Activities

You will also have the chance to visit the public services at their place of work and see what they do on a day-to-day basis. You should have the opportunity to visit:

  • A Royal Air Force Base
  • A Navy Ship
  • Various Police Departments
  • A Fire Station
  • An Army Base for a week long residential ‘look at life’ course

You will take part in 36 hours of real work experience during the year, working with and learning about the work of the public services.

You can choose if you wish to study for one year on a diploma course or stay for a second year and get the best qualification you can – an extended diploma. Our two year course is equivalent to three A Levels and is a proven route into university or employment. 


For general full time or part time course enquires, please call Student Services on 0191 518 8222.

To see full details on each of our uniformed public services courses, run at the Peterlee Campus in County Durham, please click on any of the courses listed below. You can also view our introductory brochure:

Uniformed Public Services Leaflet

Available full time and/or part time course(s) for 2022/2023 are listed below:

The full time and/or part time course(s) listed below are available to apply for to be studied during the next academic year - 2022/2023.

Employment Stats & Facts In This Sector

Infographic detailing key employment stats working as in the public services, these details can be found in the career coach section of our website