Venue Lewisham Way
Day/Eve Day
Study Mode Full Time
Duration 1 year
Start Date 09/09/2019
End Date 03/07/2020

Fees and Finance

16-18 Free
19-24 £994 p/ year
24+ £994 p/ year
International £9,000 p/ year


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Careers in the public services (such as the police, fire brigade, army, local authorities, ambulance service or marines) can be incredibly rewarding. Our Level 2 Extended Certificate in Public Services programme is designed to enable you to gain a broad knowledge of the sector while introducing you to the essential skills and level of physical fitness you need to enter most public service organisations. Alternatively, the course will enable you to progress on to higher level study. You will gain valuable team-working, problem-solving and communication skills by taking part in navigation activities. You'll benefit from trips to fire stations, meet the marines and local army reserve units, and hear from guest speakers from the police and other public service sectors. On visits to public service organisations you will gain knowledge from key personnel and find out about career opportunities.

This qualification will form part of a study programme which will include exclusive access to our Sports Academy and life skills programme, maths & English tuition, tutorial support, work experience, and employability and study skills. Maths and English skills will be embedded into your vocational learning and in addition, if you do not already have a grade C/4 or above in maths and/or English, you will attend a GCSE or Functional Skills class as part of your weekly timetable.

Aims of the course

The aims of the course are to enable students to:

  • Gain an understanding of the public service sectors
  • Discover the levels of fitness required for each of the uniformed services and how to improve your health and fitness for entry into these services
  • Gain valuable team working and communication skills by taking part in team-building activities and educational visits
  • Develop skills in navigation and map-reading in an outdoor environment
  • Have the opportunity to volunteer in the local community and get involved in fundraising activities
  • Develop a range of essential workplace skills

Unit Breakdown

Unit breakdown: On this course you will study 4 Mandatory units:

  • Citizenship, society and the public services mandatory
  • Crime and its effects on society and individuals Mandatory
  • The role and work of the public services Mandatory
  • Working skills in the public service sector Mandatory

In addition you will study optional specialist units which may include:

Employment in the public services Public services and community protection Health, fitness and lifestyle for the public services Promotion of public service provision Community and cultural awareness Adventurous activities in the public services Sport and recreation in the public services Land navigation by map and compass Volunteering for the public services Multi-day expedition experience Health and safety in the public services Employability skills in the public services Preparing to respond to emergency incidents Security procedures in the public services Carrying out a project in public services Law and its impact on the individual

Assessment Method

You will be assessed via a range of methods including worksheets, written/oral questions, external tests, projects, reports, presentations and practical observations. You will build a portfolio of evidence as you progress through the course.

Progression Opportunities

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Apply to join the uniformed public services such as the fire brigade, ambulance service, army, police or prison service
  • Progress onto the Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Uniformed Public Services

Career Options

Career options on completion The skills you will learn from this course will enable you to:

  • Apply to join the uniformed public services, such as the fire brigade, ambulance service, army, police and the prison service
  • Progress onto the Level 3 BTEC 90-Credit Diploma in Uniformed Public Services

Entry Requirements

  • Four or more GCSEs at Grade E/2 or above (including English and Maths) or
  • Successful completion of a full Level 1 study programme


You will be taught through classroom learning, workshops, lectures, guest speakers from public service organisations and off-site trips

Process for Application

Standard College Application



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