Public Services
Faculty of Foundation Studies
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Foundation Studies Level 1 - BTEC Level 1 Introductory Diploma Ted Wragg Building 1 year

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

Public Services is an ideal full time course for those interested in a career in any of the uniformed services, eg: Army, Navy, RAF, Prison Service, Fire or Police.

You will be taught mainly in a group but you will also need to be motivated to work independently on some assignments. For your Public Services course you will be assessed via assignments and practical tasks. You will need to sit tests for your maths and English you must also take part in a week’s work experience.

What topics will I study?

You will investigate your own wellbeing and improve you own fitness, take part in a variety of physical activities and develop your problem-solving skills. You will also gain knowledge in how to navigate cross country and take part in a variety of outdoor and adventurous activities including an expedition on Dartmoor. An important element of this course is to also improve your ability in English and Maths.

What experiences will I get?

There will be an opportunity for a week of work experience in the summer term as well as practical activities such as mountain biking, kayaking and climbing as well as various expedition and team based tasks.

What are the entry requirements?

English and maths entry requirements: Grade 2 in English Language and in Maths.
Plus standard entry requirements: Two GCSEs at grade 2 or above, or equivalent.
Subject specific entry requirements or recommendations: An interest in gaining a job in the public sector is important.

What can I study alongside this course?

This course is studied on its own and cannot be combined with other courses.

What facilities are there?

You will have access to all the college facilities, including a student restaurant, full media suite, gym and fully equipped learning resource centre. You will also access Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre.

What can the course lead on to?

On successful completion you may be able to progress to a Level 2 course or an apprenticeship. Alternatively you may wish to seek suitable employment in one of the Armed or Civilian services.

Are there any additional costs?

A £95 resourse fee applies.

The resource fee covers trips and visits, external speakers course material and any additional activities such as kayaking, mountain biking, first aid and expedition equipment.

There will also be some personal equipment that is required, such as walking boots and waterproofs. A full kit list will be given at your interview.

What do our students think?

The Level 1 course was really useful for my progression. I now have the knowledge and confidence I need to succeed.”

This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are resident in the UK and the European Economic Area for the last 3 years. (You must be under 19 on 31st August in the calendar year that you start your course). For any fee-related queries or further information, please contact the Advice and Recruitment Team on 01392 400444.

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