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Entry to the Uniformed Services NCFE Level 1 Diploma

This is a course for people who are interested in one of the Public Service careers. The course particularly focuses on getting you physically and mentally prepared for entry into the Police, Fire Service, Ambulance, but especially the Armed Forces. The course will suit anyone of a practical nature who wants a vocational alternative to GCSE resits or GNVQ Foundation/Intermediate and who is interested in public services, fitness and practical skills.

Entry Requirements

Although no formal qualifications are necessary, prospective candidates must have a satisfactory school report and the minimum level of literacy necessary for them to comply with the health and safety aspects of the course.

Course Content

The course consists of seven units and either GCSE or Functional Skills in English/Maths.


– Investigate Employment Opportunities

– Well-being and Physical Fitness

– Teamwork

– Developing Self Discipline

– Map Reading and Navigation

– Participate in Competitive Sports

– Participate in Adventurous Activities

Within the units above, individuals are required to demonstrate knowledge and skills for employment.  Work experience with the armed services will be provided mainly by visits and different residentials. Work experience with police, fire and ambulance are unlikely to be available for operational reasons, although there will be visits and speakers.

How will I be taught?

The course will be taught mainly as practical with some supported classroom work and outdoor activities. In addition to the College’s specialist staff, representatives from the public service professions will come in and talk to provide facilities for student visits. You will be shown, through role play and practical activities the correct way to deal with incidents and situations that you might face in the uniformed services. You will be expected to participate fully in the scenarios and discuss your actions with your team leader or staff supervisor.

How will I be assessed?

All work will be continuously assessed and you will build up a portfolio of evidence proving competence over a range of performance criteria. In order to obtain the full qualifications, all units must be passed completely. Work may be written, spoken or practical. Some will be individual and others will be group tasks. Assignment work will be completed during class. You must attend all the time and take part in course activities to pass.

Will I need any extra equipment?

You must be prepared to wear a uniform of a t-shirt and sweatshirt which can be purchased on induction day. You must participate in all local visits for which a small contribution to travel costs may be required. Sports kit as well as suitable clothing and footwear and warm waterproof clothing for the occasional visit or walk and the compulsory residential is required.

What qualifications will I get?

Successful completion of this course will lead to the award of the NCFE Level 1 Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services.

GCSE or Functional Skills English and Maths.

What will it allow me to do in the future?

You may wish to apply for entry to the Armed Forces (or other public services if you are old enough). You may also want alternative careers and can apply for jobs and training opportunities in leisure, business or other fields supported by the College’s careers staff.

Successful completion of the course will enable you to proceed to the NCFE Level 2 in Preparation For Entry To Uniformed Services, or the more classroom based BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Public Service. If you wish to change direction, you can move to other courses within the area such as BTEC Level 2 Diploma Sport or Outdoor Eduation.

Course Information

Work experience may be a requirement of your course, this could involve a DBS check, for which there will be a cost.

You should allow 2 to 3 hours per week outside your College timetable for assignment work.

Students, aged over 19 on the 1 September of the year the course commences will be required to pay tuition and examination/assessment fees. There are a number of grants available for students on low incomes and for those studying on a first time qualification. Details will be given at interview.

If you would like further advice or guidance please contact Reception on freephone 0800 056 0511.

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