Public Services (Uniformed Protective Services)

This course is designed to give you the knowledge and skills to enable you to pursue a career in one of the Uniformed Public Services, or even the civil services and supporting roles.

Course Information

  • Course Type School Leaver
  • Subject Area Healthcare, Childcare and Uniformed Protective Services
  • Qualification BTEC Foundation Diploma/Extended Diploma
  • Study Mode: Full Time Only
  • Course Level Level 3
  • Course Length 1-2 years

This advanced level course is designed to give you the knowledge and skills which will enable you to pursue a career in one of the Public Services (including: the Police, Fire Service, Ambulance Service, Armed Forces, Prison Service, HM Revenue and Customs, as well as community services such as Probation and Social Services). In your first year you will study the Foundation Diploma progressing to the Extended Diploma in your second year. You will be assessed through the coursework completed using a variety of assessment, with some external assessments. The completion of the two year course is equivalent to three A Levels.

What topics will I study? 

You will study the following subject areas:

Foundation Diploma:

  • Citizenship and Diversity
  • Behaviour and Discipline in the Uniformed Protective Services
  • Physical Preparation, Health and Wellbeing
  • Teamwork, Leadership and Communication in the Uniformed Protective Services
  • Police Powers and the Law

Extended Diploma:

  • Global Affairs, the Media and the Uniformed Protective Services
  • Research Skills in the Uniformed Protective Services
  • Government and the Protective Services
  • Skills for Outdoor Activities and the Uniformed Protective Services
  • Planning for and Responding to Emergency Incidents
  • Custodial Care
  • Professional Development in the Uniformed Protective Services

What can I study alongside this course?

This course is studied on its own and cannot be combined with other courses, however many of our learners participate in age related programmes in their own time such as; Cadets, Retained Firefighter programmes, Special Constables or other Voluntary roles.

Next steps: 

You may go on to apply for employment in the Protective Services, Apprenticeships or progress to university level study.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirements: You will need five GCSEs at grade 4 or above (including English Language and Maths), plus two additional GCSEs at grade 3 or above.


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

Additional Costs

You will be expected to attend College prepared to take notes during taught sessions. A fee of approximately £300 (£150 per year) is charged, which covers the cost of embedding practical activities through the year. This includes; a residential trip (NCS), outdoor adventurous activities, guest speakers and practical sessions, which enhance your learning linked to taught units. Financial help may be available for students/families who meet relevant criteria.

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