Public Services
Faculty of Healthcare, Childcare and Public Services
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Healthcare, Childcare and Public Services Level 2 - BTEC Level 2 Diploma Hele Road site 1 year

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

This course allows you to develop the essential knowledge, understanding and skills common for a range of Public Services such as Police, Fire, Ambulance, Armed Forces, Prison Services, Customs and Excise, and wider Community Services (such as Probation and Social Services).

The BTEC Level 2 First Diploma in Public Services aims to help you develop an understanding of the environment in which the Public Services operate. Through your studies you will develop an understanding of Public Service job roles; investigate the differences between Public Service organisations; identify the levels of fitness required for each service, develop the skills and qualities required by Public Service employees and gain an opportunity to interact with personnel from a variety of Public Service organisations.

You will receive formal lecture input, with a variety of teaching methods including group work, individual presentations, role plays and research as well as input from staff currently employed in the Public Services. Assessment is continuous through coursework and some assessment will be conducted through controlled assessments. GCSE English, maths and Functional Skills are externally tested.  You will also be required to complete a residential programme as part of your course.


What topics will I study?

This qualification covers the following subject areas:

  • The Role and Work of the Public Services
  • Working Skills in the Public Service Sector
  • Citizenship, Society and the Public Services
  • Sport and Recreation in the Public Services
  • Crime and its Effects on Society and Individuals
  • Land Navigation by Map and Compass
  • Volunteering in the Public Services
  • Multi-day Expedition Experience

As part of your course you will be required to re-sit GCSE English or maths to enable you to achieve a grade 4 or above.  Functional Skills will also be discussed at your interview.

What experiences will I get?

You will undertake a residential and various visits whilst you are on the course as well as opportunities to interact with members of the various public services on a regular basis.

What are the entry requirements?

English and maths entry requirements: Grade 3 in English language and in maths.
Plus standard entry requirements: Three GCSEs at grade 3 or above, or equivalent and three additional GCSEs at grade 2 or above.
Subject specific entry requirements or recommendations: This is a vocational course so an interest in gaining a job in a related area is important.

What can I study alongside this course?

This course is studied on its own and can be studied alongside English or maths GCSE and/or Functional Skills.

What facilities are there?

You will have access to a learning resource centre and there is a refectory within the Hele Building.  You will also have access to a variety of enrichment programmes throughout the college.

What can the course lead on to?

This course provides a sound basis for the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Services or for other Advanced level courses if you achieve a Level 2 Extended Certificate MP profile. Alternatively, you may choose to progress into employment or take a training placement.

Are there any additional costs?

You will need some equipment for outdoor pursuits (walking boots, waterproofs, rucksack, etc.) some of which you may be able to borrow from the faculty. There is a one-off fee of £220 which covers most of the costs for residentials and visits. For students/families on a low income financial help may be available.

What do our students think?

I enjoyed it all. Thank you for everything. I wouldn't change anything. This year was amazing. I loved the whole experience." Laura

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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