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Entry to the Uniformed Services NCFE Level 2 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

At least three GCSEs at grade D or above including English Language or Mathematics. Alternatively, this course is suitable if you have successfully completed Level 1 Uniformed Services as progression.

Course Content

The course consists of 8 units & a Functional Skill in Literacy and/or Maths.

Units include:

– Investigating Work Opportunities

– Physical Fitness

– Teamwork and Problem Solving

– Map Reading and Navigation

– Telecommunications

– Competitive Sports

– Service Routine

– Show an understanding of Health & Safety and Hygiene

Within the units above, individuals are required to demonstrate knowledge and skills for employment. In addition, there may be the opportunity to achieve the Sports Leaders Level 2 Award. Work experience with the armed services will be provided mainly by visits and different residentials. Work experience with police, fire and ambulance is 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 by practical work and outdoor activities, supported by some classroom work. In addition to the College’s specialist staff, representatives from the public service professions will come in and talk and provide facilities for student visits.

You will be asked to take leading roles in some activities in order to develop your leadership skills and confidence. In the practical activities you will lead small groups and co-ordinate the timings and rotations of duties. You will be expected to organise and maintain your own levels of personal fitness and application.

How will I be assessed?

All work will be continuously assessed and you will build up a portfolio of practical and written evidence proving competence over a range of performance criteria. In order to obtain the full qualification, all units must be passed. Work may be written, spoken or practical. Some will be individual and others will be group tasks. Assignment work will be done outside of College as well as during class.

Will I need any extra equipment?

You must be prepared to wear a uniform of a t-shirt and sweatshirt which may 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 2 Preparation for Entry to the Uniformed Services.

Functional Skills Maths and/or English.

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). Or you may want an alternative career 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 3 Preparation for Entry to the Uniformed Services, BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Public Services or, exceptionally, to the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Service. Students wishing to change direction can move to any BTEC Level 3 course.

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 4 – 6 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 assessment fees. If you are in receipt of an income based benefit please ask about financial assistance, which may be available.

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

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