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Public Services (Uniformed Protective Services) can help you take your first steps towards an exciting career in supporting the public. It will help prepare you for roles in the armed services, fire and rescue service, police force, prison services and a wide range of careers at local authorities and central government.

This qualification is equivalent of three A Levels and carries the same UCAS points tariff, so you will not study additional subjects within your core Study Programme.

You will develop knowledge and understanding by applying your learning and skills in a work related context. The teaching team create a series of relevant assignments, which can be written or activity based. These include activities such as fitness testing, map reading, teambuilding and outdoor pursuits. The assessments are completed through a combination of internal and external assessment.

The course develops a variety of skills including problem solving, critical thinking, communication, working collaboratively, negotiating, self-presentation, self-management, resilience and self-monitoring.

To fully understand the sector there are many trips to Public Service providers such as Fire and Rescue, Ambulance, Army and Airforce. There are opportunities to develop skills in English and Mathematics. These give learners the opportunity to practise essential skills in naturally occurring and meaningful contexts.

There may be additional trip and equipment costs for this course.


You will study the following topics:

  • Citizenship and Diversity
  • Behaviour and Discipline in the Uniformed Protective Services
  • Global Affairs, the Media and the Uniformed Protective Services
  • Physical Preparation, Health and Wellbeing
  • Teamwork, Leadership and Communication in the Uniformed Protective Services
  • Government and the Protective Services
  • Planning for and Responding to Emergency Incidents
  • Skills for Outdoor Activities and the Uniformed Protective Services
  • Expedition Skills
  • Developing Personal Fitness Programmes
  • Principles of Managing Security Threats

I chose to do this course because I would like to join the British Army after Huish. I am enjoying this course, because instead of doing exams it is all practical and coursework based. This course has already helped me so much in preparing me to join the public services, I have also learnt lots of new skills. This course has many things to offer as it covers a wide range of topics, from discipline and fitness to government policies and major incidents.

Saffron Beake, Public Services student

Standard College entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including Maths and English Language or Literature.