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Public Services – BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

If you're interested in a future career in public services or progressing to university, this two year course will provide you with the opportunity to study various topics, such as leadership and teamwork, physical preparation, understanding the impact of war/conflict and terrorism, police powers in the public services and volunteering in the public services. The course looks at the requirements of uniformed services both military and emergency as well as non-uniformed public services such as local government.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above are required, including Maths or English and preferably Science.

Course Content

You will study twenty units (ten in each year). Each unit aims to develop specialist public service related knowledge: how the public services work, social studies to give you an understanding of the environment they operate in and practical subjects to develop your fitness and understanding of the physical aspects required for each service. There is a range of both theory and practical units within the course and you will be expected to complete a portfolio of evidence based on the assignment work you are issued within your lessons. In addition you will develop public service essential skills, including undertaking an Award in Understanding Stewarding at Spectator Events (Level 2 Award).  You will also be given the opportunity to undertake the Duke of Edinburgh Award, which links in with the outdoor adventure activity units.

How will I be taught?

You will be timetabled over five days with a fifth scheduled as a study day designed to give you the chance to study independently but also to take part in Enrichment based activities that run across College. You may also want to be involved with one or more of the College teams who play fixtures on Wednesday afternoons. The course will include you working with lecturers, receiving different tasks and activities which will go towards assignments. Lecturers will always be available to support your learning and understanding of the assignments set. You should be very aware that this is mostly a theory-based course and this should be considered before you make your final decision about whether this is the course for you. Visits, professional speakers and opportunities to interact with the public services are a key component of the course. The course has no exams, which may be a positive aspect for you to consider, however the coursework demands can be quite intense so you’ll need to have good organisational skills. This is not a soft option – so make sure you’re fully committed.

English and Mathematics are essential for progression into further education and employment.  All learners are required to take or work towards GCSE A*-C English and Mathematics if they have not achieved this already.

How will I be assessed?

You’ll work through a continuous programme of assignments, class activities, practical tasks, discussions, presentations, written reports, voluntary work, organising events and some group work. Each assessment will be graded against the unit criteria and from there you’ll get an overall grade (Pass, Merit or Distinction).

Will I need any extra equipment?

On days you have practical sessions you must bring sports kit, which includes a white t-shirt, navy or black tracksuit bottoms/shorts and trainers.

Outdoor clothing i.e. waterproofs, walking boots, etc. stationery and an A4 folder will be required. Items of uniform (hooded top, polo shirt) will be available to purchase at the start of your course.

What qualifications will I get?

At the end of your two years study you will achieve an Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Services.

What will it allow me to do in the future?

The course will allow you to achieve up to 240 UCAS points upon successful completion of the Level 3 Diploma. This will allow you to apply direct to university, or re-apply to South Downs College to study on the HNC/HND in Public Services further education  programme.

You can also continue into higher education following a degree in courses such as Criminology, Law & Psychology, Business, Sports Coaching Science, Social Work, Youth & Social Studies and War Studies.

In the future you could pursue a career in the public services. You will be in the same position as other college leavers with 2-3 A levels and equipped with a range of personal and vocational skills to apply for jobs in business, retail, leisure and recreation. There is also the opportunity to study a Level 3 NVQ in Event Security in association with the Peter Ashley Centre and Havant & Waterlooville Football club at South Downs College.  This will help assist your progression into employment and support the development of your skills for entry into a Public Service.

Course Information

You will be required to complete 8-12 hours of private study a week. It is important to appreciate the time needed for written coursework. Remember the course is not entirely practical and has a large classroom component. Students with medical conditions considering a public service career should check its entry requirements. There will be a charge for some activities such as local visits and outdoor activities, financial assistance may be available for some students.

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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