16-18 Year Olds


This course provides an excellent and varied programme giving access to a wide variety of careers within the Public Services. You will develop skills, knowledge and understanding in Public Services and apply your learning in a practical and realistic way and will suit you if you have a keen interest in physical activity.

This qualification is designed as a full-time, two-year programme of study for learners who want to focus on the uniformed protective services sector, with the aim of progressing to higher education to a related degree course. This qualification supports progression to higher education in its own right.

Entry Requirements

For this course you will need to have achieved one of the following:

* A minimum of 5 GCSEs Grade A*-C, ideally to include English Language
* A Level 2 qualification (e.g. BTEC Level 2 Diploma) at Merit grade or above with Functional Skills English at Level 2 or above

A reasonable degree of fitness would be advantageous.

You will need to have undertaken at least one week of work experience in a related discipline setting. Evidence of this experience must be provided at enrolment in the form of a reference from the setting you attended.

Following your application to study this course you will be invited to attend an admissions interview with a member of the teaching team to discuss the course and its requirements further.


During this course you will study a total of thirteen units, seven of which are mandatory and two are external.

Mandatory content (67%), External assessment (19%)

Core Units:
1. Citizenship and Diversity
2. Behaviour and Discipline in the Uniformed Protective Services
3. Global Affairs, the Media and the Uniformed Protective Services
4. Physical Preparation, Health and Wellbeing
5. Teamwork, Leadership and Communication in the Uniformed Protective Services
6. Government and the Protective Services
7. Planning for and Responding to Emergency Incidents
8. Custodial Care
9. Sociological Perspectives
10. Skills for Outdoor Activities and the Uniformed Protective Services
11. Expedition Skills
12. Developing Personal Fitness Programmes
13. Introduction to Criminology
14. Principles of Managing Security Threats
15. Police Powers and the Law
16. Research Skills in the Uniformed Protective Services
17. Understanding the Third Sector
18. Criminal Investigation Procedures and Practice
19. Professional Development in the Uniformed Protective Services
20. Technological Systems to Support Service Delivery

Alongside your main programme of study, you will also study either GCSE or Functional Skills in English and Maths if you have not achieved a GCSE grade C or above. If you have achieved a grade C or above in GCSE English and Maths, you will engage in extending these skills through a Directed Study Programme.


You will be assessed through project and assignment work. There are two external examinations. Each unit is graded Pass, Merit or Distinction and then an overall grade of Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction* is awarded on completion. Mandatory content (67%). External assessment (19%).

GCSE and Functional Skills qualifications are assessed through external examination.

Awarding body



On successful achievement of this course you may wish to:

* Apply to study on to the Higher National in Public Services (HNC/HND)
* Apply to study a Public Services related subject such as Uniformed Services, Criminology or Risk and Emergency Management at University
* Pursue career opportunities in the Armed Services, Police, Fire Service, Ambulance Service, Private Security, Prison Service, Coastguard, Customs and Excise or Local Government Administration as this qualification is valued by employers

Additional information

Additional help and support is available should you require it and you can discuss this further at your admissions interview.

There is a requirement for all public service students to purchase at least one polo shirt and there is the option to purchase a hoodie. This will be discussed at interview.

You will have the opportunity to take part in educational and industrial visits during your course. A financial contribution of £150.00 per year towards the cost of the visits and activities is to be paid throughout the academic year as trips as arranged. Possible visits may include The Middlewich Custody Suite, The Fire Station, Army Look at life, Army Personal Development Course, Crown Court, Kip on a Ship, The Houses of Parliament, University and UCAS events, but could be subject to change.

Further Information

For further information, advice and guidance call The Learner Experience Team on 01625 410062.

Duration and Times

Start date: 01/09/2021

End date: 24/06/2022

Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Days of week: TBA

Number of Weeks: 35

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