Uniformed Public Services


Course Title: Level 3 Extended Diploma in Uniformed Public Services
Course Code: OR211

Department: Uniformed Public Services
Course Type: Full time

This two year course aims to help develop the skills and knowledge required to gain employment in the uniformed public services. If you are interested in a career in the Police, HM Customs & Excise, Probation Service, Armed Forces, Fire & Rescue Service, Immigration or any public sector related job, then this is the course for you.

Managed and taught by experts with experience in the police, military and outdoor education, this qualification requires motivation and a good academic level of achievement as it gives learners the opportunity to progress into Higher Education. The course is specifically designed to provide a balance between academic and 'hands-on'. You will take part in many practical activities including high ropes, climbing and kayaking, and you will be expected to maintain and improve fitness levels throughout.

Along with developing your leadership, teambuilding and communication skills through adventurous activities, the programme requires written assignments and classroom work. The course aims for students to become fully independent researchers, so you will need to be disciplined in your time management of assignments. It is designed to give a realistic approach to achieving a career within the uniformed public services.



Extended Diploma in Public Services (QCF)

Course Content

Year 1 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.

Year 2 units include:
War and conflict
International perspectives for the uniformed public services
Outdoor and adventurous expeditions
Crime and its effects on society
Planning for and management of major incidents
Uniformed public services employment
Communications and technology in uniformed public services.

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

Option to include: National Governing Body (NGB) Awards in canoeing (additional costs apply).

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs at minimum grades 9-4 or A*-C, including English and maths OR a Level 2 Diploma at Merit level including English and maths grades 9-4 or A*-C. You will need a keen interest in outdoor adventure/sport/uniformed public services.

Next Steps

Level 3 Professional Outdoor Instructor Study Programme
Professional Outdoor Instructor
Advanced Apprenticeship in Emergency Services or related subjects
Higher Education

Career Opportunities

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