Course Title BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Services
Level: 3
Code Y415

Overview of the Course

This qualification is aimed at helping you progress into employment in the Public Services sector, or progress onto higher education. You will study a wide variety of subjects, including those that are closely related to the uniformed public services such as Policing or Criminology. Throughout the course you will develop an understanding of the skills needed to prepare for a career in the emergency services, the armed forces or working for local councils through a diverse range of activities and subjects that will prove useful in any walk of life. As preparation for working life, you will also be supported in clearly identifying and improving your employability skills, such as leadership, teamwork and communication.

What are the career opportunities?

Successful completion of this course can allow you to progress onto higher education, an apprenticeship or employment. Career opportunities include: Police, Police support staff, such as 999 call handlers, Armed Forces, Fire Service, Prison Service, Local authority, Security associated careers, such airport security. As well as Policing, Criminology and Law, students have also gone on to study nonrelated subjects such as Photography, Event Management and Creative Writing.

What are the entry requirements?

Five or more GCSEs at grades A*-C (9-4), including English at grades 9-4 (A*-C).

How long is the course and when can I start?

The course is for a duaration of two years starting in September.

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

The course consists of a range of mandatory, specialist and optional units. Each individual unit is graded Pass (P), Merit (M) or Distinction (D) and your overall qualification will have three grades from PPP to D*D*D* and is equivalent to three A Levels. You will be assessed by written essay-type assignments, verbal assessments and practical tasks set and marked by your tutors. There are currently no exams. You will complete units such as: Government Policies, Team Leadership, Citizenship, Understanding Discipline, Fitness Testing and Training, Impact of War and Conflict, Expeditions (which may include an overnight expedition), Land-based Adventurous Activities, Water-based Adventurous Activities, Crime and its Effects on Society, Management of Major Incidents, Police Powers, Custodial Care Services, English Legal System, Current and Media Affairs, Practical Team Sports, Exercise, Health and Lifestyle and Volunteering. During the course you will investigate UK government policies and the democratic election process, develop knowledge of leadership styles and team dynamics, understand the skills, attitudes and values to become a thoughtful and informed citizen, understand the importance of self-discipline, identify different fitness training methods and incorporate them into a fitness programme, provide advice on lifestyle choices, participate in numerous adventure activities including rock climbing, hill walking, canoeing and kayaking, evaluate how the emergency services deal with major incidents and identify the role the media plays in the work of the public services.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

During the course you gain an insight into how the emergency services plan for major incidents, and will conduct several role plays in mock trials, prison search and interview situations as well as numerous opportunities to improve your personal leadership style and teamwork skills. You will also learn to plan and navigate an expedition for up to 40 students. The majority of the assessments are essay-type written assignments where your English will be marked. Maths is a vital part of the course, with map reading, including time and distance calculation, an obvious area to put your maths skills to practical use.

Work experience

You will be required to organise at least two weeks work experience, ideally within a Public Service related organisation.

Study programme enrichment opportunities

The course includes numerous visits to external agencies and establishments to augment the various lessons and activities in college as well as visiting lecturers. Recent visits have included Bury Fire Station, the Fire Service Training Centre, Holcombe Moor Army Training Camp, Rockover Climbing Centre and Burrs Activity Centre with the Prison Service and the Royal Navy coming in to college. Social enrichment trips have also been organised to Altrincham Ice Rink and Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

You will be required to attend practical activities in appropriate clothing, including a PE kit for the sports activities and walking boots for the various hill walking expeditions you will be completing. A sleeping bag may also be required, but this will be confirmed at enrolment. Financial support is available to help the purchase of any equipment necessary for the course.


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