Public Services


Course Title: Level 3 Diploma in Uniformed Public Services
Course Code: OR223

Department: Public Services
Course Type: Full time

Designed for individuals who are actively looking to pursue a career in the uniformed public services such as the Police, Fire, Prison, Security or Ambulance Services or the Armed Forces. This one year course is delivered by experts with direct experience in the police, miltary service and outdoor education. It is specifically tailored to develop a balance between practical skills in outdoor adventure and academic theory in the classroom.

You will learn leadership, team building and communication skills through adventurous activities like kayaking, canoeing and climbing, so all applicants are expected to maintain fitness levels throughout the course. The programme also requires written assignments, research, presentations and report writing and students will be expected to be well disciplined in managing their time, workload and standards. The course is designed to provide a realistic approach to gaining a career within the uniformed public services or to build useful transferable skills and abilities applicable to employment in other industries.

This course forms the first year of the two year Level 3 Extended Diploma in Uniformed Public Services. Successfully completing the Level 3 Diploma in Uniformed Public Services will allow you to fast track directly into the second year of the Level 3 Extended Diploma and complete a higher qualification.



90 Credit Diploma in Public Services (QCF)

Course Content

Units include:
Government, policies and the public services
Leadership and teamwork in the uniformed public services
Citizenship, contemporary society and the public services
Skills for water-based outdoor and adventurous activities
Physical preparation, health and fitness
Practical team sports
Land navigation by map and compass
Responding to emergency service incidents.

You will take part in many practical activities including high ropes, climbing, kayaking and you will also achieve a good level of fitness!

In addition you could achieve the following qualifications:
First aid
Personal development for the outdoor industry
There will be an opportunity to gain National Governing Body (NGB) Awards in kayaking and canoeing.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs at minimum grades 9-4 or A*-C, including English and maths OR Level 2 Diploma at Merit level including Functional Skills English and maths at Level 2. You will be required to complete a work placement. You will need an enthusiasm for outdoor adventure and sport and want a career in public services.

Next Steps

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Uniformed Public Services Level 3 Professional Outdoor Instructor Study Programme Professional Outdoor Instructor Advanced Apprenticeship in Emergency Services or related subjects

Career Opportunities

Public or armed services Outdoor activity centres Coastguard Sports/Leisure centres Schools, Colleges and Universities Youth leadership.