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BTEC Level 3 90-Credit Diploma in Public Services

Course Level: 

Level 3

Job opportunities after this course: 

Students completing the course have many options available to them. The skills and experience gained throughout the course will assist in the pursuit of a career in any of the military or emergency service organisations. These include:

The Fire and Rescue Service
The Police Service
The Paramedic Service
The Royal Marines
The Royal Navy
The Army
The Royal Air Force.
The Immigration and Customs Services
The Prison Service

In addition to the above careers, completion of the full 2 year programme could lead to the chance to go to university and study for a degree on a career related topic. This could open up new opportunities to join the services at a higher level.

Overview of the course: 

In year one, students will study for the 90 Credit Diploma. If they achieve a minimum of a merit grade in all units, they may progress to the Extended Diploma in year two. A BTEC Level 3 is a practical, work related course. You will learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. As well as learning about the career options available in the public services you will learn some of the skills needed for a career in a uniformed public service. The course is the equivalent of up to three A Levels on completion of the Extended Diploma.

Entry requirements: 

Applicants require five GSCEs at 9-4 grades, including Maths and English. Exceptions may apply if a grade 3 at Maths or English is gained.


The academic course forms part of a study programme what consists of several strands, these are:

• 14 hours academic public services course work
• 1 hour tutorial with your personal learning coach
• 36 hours of work based experience to support your class based learning
• Functional Skills or GCSE classes to ensure you achieve a grade C standard required by employers.

In year one, students will study for the 90 Credit Diploma The first year of the course provides the opportunity to learn about the areas of public service work that are the foundation subjects. These are subjects and skills that all public service workers need to have to be successful in their careers.

These subjects are:

• Government Policies and the Public Services
• Team Building and Leadership
• Citizenship and Diversity and the Public Services

In addition to the above units the first year will include units covering,

• Fitness Testing
• Emergency Service Incidents
• Navigation and Compass Work
• Crime and Society

On successful completion of the first year you may have the opportunity to progress onto year two of the course. The study programme hours remain the same as for the first year. The subjects that are covered in the second year of the course are:

• War, Conflict and Terrorism in the Public Services
• Skills for Outdoor and Adventurous Activities
• Police Powers
• Major Incidents
• Discipline in the Public Services
• Aspects of the Legal System and Law Making
• Volunteering in the Public Services
• Expedition Skills
• Team Sports

You will have the opportunity to visit the Public Services and see them at work. This should include the chance to board a Naval Ship, to see the RAF at work on a RAF Base. The chance to visit the Police and Fire Service and see what work they do.

Recruitment and careers teams will also visit you at college to inform you about your career options in the services.

How is the course assessed?: 

You will be assessed throughout the course in a number of different ways. These will be written assignments, presentations, observed assessments, professional discussions and practical tasks.

Further study options after this course: 

Completing the first year of the course will enable you to go on to the 2nd year and complete the higher level.

On completion of the course you will have achieved a BTEC qualification the equivalent of 3 A levels. If you have obtained the high grades throughout your course you will have the option of going on to university to further study a subject relevant to public service work.

These include;
Police Studies
Forensic Science

If you wish to progress into employment you will be given support in applying for your chosen public service when recruitment opportunities are available.

Length of the course: 

Full Time.
The 90-Credit Diploma is the first year of a two year programme. In the second year you will complete the Extended Diploma in Public Services.


Peterlee Campus

When does the course start: 

September 2018

More important information about this course:


Fees for this course are: £4170.00

If you have been a UK resident for the past 3 years and are under the age of 19 on the 31st August, you will not usually need to pay any course fees.

If you are aged 19 or over on the day your main course starts you may be able to take out an Advanced Learning Loan to pay for this course.

There is a requirement to wear a uniform for the course which is currently £130. Students with limited income can claim up to 75% of these costs. Further information will be sent to you closer to enrolment in August if you are accepted on to the course.

*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (16 Jul 2018 21:09) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

What our students say: 

We regularly work with QDP, the UK’s largest independent provider of questionnaire based feedback services to the education sector, so that any results can be benchmarked against other colleges and the voices of over 600,000 learners QDP gathers feedback from over the course of an academic year.
Our feedback scores consistently place us in the top quartile of colleges in the country, indicating that we not only meet but often exceed student expectations. Some results from the 2015/2016 on programme and exit surveys and the 2016/17 induction survey can be seen below.
98% stated it was easy to apply for the course
96% said the teaching on my course is good
99% felt that their teacher knows their subject well
97% told us they felt safe at college
98% said expected standards of behaviour were made clear
95% told us they felt they had developed the skills they needed to get a job/take their next step
95% agreed the teachers consistently challenge them to do their best
97% said teacher feedback told them what was going well and where to improve
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