16-18: Vocational

Uniformed Public Services (Level 3 Extended Diploma)

Course Overview

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 4 or higher, including English and Maths, or equivalent Level 2 qualification.


If you are studying at Havering Sixth Form:

The Public Services courses are designed to make you a more attractive candidate for employment in many of the uniformed public services such as the Police, Fire Brigade, Ambulance Service, British Army, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, or Prison Service.

The course will help you to look past the initial marketing and enable you to make informed decisions about your future career choices.

You will be studying a BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Protective Services, which is equivalent to 1.5 A Levels. You can then progress onto the Level 3 Extended Diploma after successful completion of the first year. At the end of the two years the BTEC Extended Diploma qualification is equivalent to 3 A Levels and can be used to apply to university or to meet the entry requirements of the Metropolitan Police.

You will be studying the core units of

  • Behaviour and Discipline in the Uniformed Protective Services – external exam
  • Teamwork, Leadership and Communication
  • Citizenship and Diversity
  • Physical Preparation, Health and Wellbeing
  • Expedition skills

Your Public Services element will involve classroom sessions for approximately 80% of your timetable. This could be formal lectures, workshops, taking notes, discussions, individual research, or coursework. We include as much practical activity as we can, and this could be fitness training, sports activities, or practical activities such as navigation exercises.

What about trips, visits, and costs?

There are two compulsory residentials on each year of the Public Services course. One of which is our overnight induction camp which takes place in the first two weeks of college. You will also have a course specific residential each year that may last up to a week.

All students are required to purchase uniform, but no other specialist equipment, other than possibly some camping gear, is required.

The total cost of the trips changes from year to year but should not exceed £350 for Level 3. There may be financial support available to students which is organised through the bursary scheme. This can be accessed via the website with help available at hsfbursary@ncclondon.ac.uk

Do I have to wear uniform?

We wear a uniform once a week and also on special occasions, where it is compulsory for students to wear their Public Services uniform. This consists of black cadet boots (£28), black trousers (students' own) and black T-shirt (£12). This will be sourced once you start the course.

If you are studying at Epping Forest or Hackney campuses:

Hate the idea of spending your day behind a desk? A career in one of our Uniformed Public Services could be perfect for you! This programme enables those interested in any of the following careers to develop the skills, knowledge, understanding and fitness required by our Public Services in a programme that is 50% theory, 50% practical.

During this 2-year course learners will continue to develop their ability to cooperate, perform and lead a team via a weekly practical sports sessions, outdoor adventure activities and expeditions.

The comprehensive theory programme will develop learners scholarship enabling you to progress onto university, apprenticeship and officer training programmes. Academically learners explore topics related to multi agency working covering; leadership, discipline, accountability, criminology and current affairs.

Study units include:

  • Government, Policies and the Public Services
  • Leadership and Teamwork in the Public Services
  • Understanding Discipline in the Uniformed Public Services
  • Physical Preparation, Health and Lifestyle for the Public Services
  • Outdoor and Adventurous Expeditions
  • Responding to Emergency Service Incidents

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What Can This Course Lead To

Most students successfully completing this course choose to pursue a career in one of the uniformed Public Services such as the Police, Fire Service, Prison Service, and Armed Forces or in Customs and Excise, the Security Services or Probation Service.

The BTEC Extended Diploma is a work-related qualification and aims to accommodate the needs of employers as well as allowing progression to university or higher education. Former students studying this course have gone on to study for degrees in Crime, Deviance, and Society, or Policing and Criminal Investigation or in Law (Criminology). Higher Apprenticeships are also another alternative progression route.

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