Course Title BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Public Services
Level: 2
Code Y019

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 subjec

What are the career opportunities?

  • Police
  • Fire Service
  • Armed Forces
  • Civilian Support to emergency services
  • Local Authority

What are the entry requirements?

Three or more GCSEs at grades 9-3 (A*-D) including English Language

How long is the course and when can I start?

The course runs for one year and starts in September.

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

The course is assessed through the successful completion of coursework for seven units and for the remaining two units there are end of unit exams.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

During the course you will study and practice search techniques, develop your teamwork, and communication skills. You will be required to write assignments in a clear, well laid-out format and using acceptable levels of spelling and grammar. In certain assignment and classroom activities, you will practice math skills to calculate distance travelled, the time it will take to travel the distance and collecting information from statistics on populations.

Work experience

You will be required to organise for yourself at least two weeks work experience outside of college time. Ideally, this would be with a Public Service related organisation, but it is accepted that this is not always possible.

Study programme enrichment opportunities

The course can include numerous visits to external agencies and establishments to augment the various lessons and activities in college as well as visiting lecturers coming to college. These visits have included Bury Fire Station, the Fire Service Training Centre and Burrs Activity Centre, with personnel from the Marines, Prison Service and the Royal Navy coming in to college. Social enrichment trips have also been organised in previous years to Altrincham Ice Rink and Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

You will need a sport kit for the physical activities, which can be purchased if required during enrolment prior or at the start of the course. You will also need walking boots (or army style boots) for the map reading practical.


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