Do you have what it takes to join the uniformed public services? Are you focussed, dedicated and self-disciplined and looking for a way in to this fast paced and exciting industry? Then this course could be the perfect option for you.
Aiming to prepare you for a career in the uniformed public services or give progression to the Higher National Diploma in Public Services, this course relies heavily on the ethos and ethics of all public services; teamwork, leadership, commitment, self-discipline, dedication and reliability. As part of the course and in order to prepare you for a career in the uniformed service all students will be expected to wear a specified uniform.
A variety of topics are delivered over two years these include; Leadership and Teamwork, Citizenship, Fitness Testing and Training, Planning and Management of Major Incidents, Custodial Care, Impact of War & Terrorism and Adventurous Activities. In addition you will be required to undertake a minimum of 30 hours’ work experience and/or voluntary work. You will learn through academic classroom based lessons which include lectures, student-led presentations, group discussions, and visiting speakers. Learning is also assessed through practical activities; sport and outdoor activities such as hiking, camping and abseiling. The ability to carry out independent research, write/type up assignments in their own time, and meeting deadlines are crucial qualities for every student. Students will attend mandatory residential courses and visits to a wide range of public service establishments and organisations to meet practical and written assessment criteria.
Applicants must have 5 GCSEs (A*-C) or (Grade 4/5 and above) including English and maths. Alternatively, you will be considered if you have achieved a relevant Level 2 Diploma, such as a Level 2 Diploma in Public Services. Entry is subject to a satisfactory reference and interview.
Entry decisions will be discretionary at interview. Students will continually be assessed through probation period to ensure they are on the correct level.
What can I do next
The skills gained will lead to many careers in all areas of military, emergency services, prison service, customs and excise or UK Border Agency either as civilian support staff or ‘frontline’ officers. The skills of problem-solving, teamwork, leadership, decision making and resilience are also transferable to many other careers; court services, youth offending, nursing, outdoor education.
Successful completion of this course will also allow you to progress either onto Higher National Diploma in Public Services at HoW College or to university to study in areas such as Criminology, Sociology, Forensic Psychology, Policing, Fire & Rescue Services, and Outdoor Education.
- Leadership and teamwork
- Fitness testing and training
- Custodial care
- Planning and management of major incidents
- Impact of war and terrorism
- Adventurous activities