Course Title BTEC Level 1 Public Services Vocational Studies
Level: 1
Code Y802

Overview of the Course

This is a specialist qualification which provides you with the opportunity to develop key transferable skills through both core and sector units whilst providing a progression pathway to Level 2. On completion of this course, you will have developed a set of transferable and sector skills that will benefit you with your chosen progression route. Transferrable skills covered include; communication skills, working with others, problem solving, managing information, self-management and personal development.

What are the career opportunities?

This qualification provides preparation for further study and an insight into the different public services and the roles that they play in society.

What are the entry requirements?

You will require five GCSE Grades E – A*. The Pearson BTEC Level 1 Introductory Diploma in Vocational Studies are primarily for post-16 learners who want to continue their education and develop their skills for progression to further learning and, ultimately, to employment.

How long is the course and when can I start?

A full-time one year course starting in September.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

You will complete a combination of diverse units. Assessment methods include written assignments, verbal and practical assessments. Units include: Being Organised, Developing a Personal Progression Plan, Working with Others, Researching a Topic, Responding to an Incident, Contributing to your Community, Keeping Active and Healthy, Getting People Active, Contributing to Running an Event, Developing Digital Information using IT. Each unit will be graded Pass, Merit or Distinction. Your final qualification will have two grades in the range PP to DD.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

To be successful in a public service career you will need to get on with people from all walks of life, enjoy being part of a team and like working outdoors. You will also be good at solving problems, using computer software, understanding instructions, getting things done on time and making decisions. English and communication skills are particularly important, you need to be able to listen carefully to identify the needs of customers and victims, respond effectively to questions in an open and friendly manner and maintain written records of work completed.

Work experience

Work experience is an essential element of your Study Programme and you will undertake a five day work experience placement. This will allow you to gain first hand exposure to the sector you wish to work in, start to develop key employability skills and most importantly confirm your career goals. Public Service students have recently had successful work experience placements at Bury Fire Training Centre and some students have enjoyed placements in tertiary sector settings.

Study programme enrichment opportunities

Your Public Service Study Programme will support personal development to ensure you make good progress and acquire the skills required for successful progression to a Level 2 qualification. You will have the opportunity to take part in fundraising events, sport and fitness activities, course related study visits and careers events.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

There may be additional costs for trips and visits. A sports kit is also optional.


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