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Entry to the Uniformed Services NCFE Level 3 Diploma

This is a course for people who are interested in one of the Public Service careers. The course particularly focuses on getting the students 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 course and who is interested in gaining the entry standards for one of the public services.

Entry Requirements

The course is suitable for those who have satisfactorily completed a GCSE programme of study (minimum of five GCSEs at grade C including English Language or Mathematics), or successfully completed a Level 2 Diploma course with Functional Skills. Those with GCSE grade D profile are recommended to pursue the Level 2 Diploma in Uniformed Services course or an alternative Level 2 course.

Course Content

The course consists of 8 units and Functional Skills/GCSE English/Maths.


– Preparation for Entry to Uniformed Service of own choice

– Physical Fitness

– Leadership Skills

– Advanced map reading and navigation

– Competitive sports

– Personal Protection

– Current Affairs

– Legal implications of physical actions

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 various residential trips. 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 co-ordinate small groups and assign roles and responsibilities to group members. You will be shown how to manage problems and delegate aspects of a problem to your team members. You will be shown how to evaluate the responses of your team to problems as well as suggesting improvements to develop your group’s ability to act in a co-ordinated time efficient way.

How will I be assessed?

All work will be continuously assessed and students 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 3 Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services.

Functional skills or GCSE 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). Other students may want alternative careers and can apply for jobs and training opportunities in leisure, business or other fields. Other vocational courses like the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Public Services may be available.

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 5 – 10 hours per week outside your College timetable for assignment work.

This course does not attract a government funding subsidy, therefore if you are 19+ it will be a full-cost course. Tuition fees will be in the region of £6 per hour, plus assessment fee(s). For more information and for advice on a College instalment plan to support financial payments, please contact Customer Services and Reception on 0800 056 0511 or email customerservices@southdowns.ac.uk

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