Public Services

Extended Diploma in Public Services, Level 3

Course overview

A diverse range of careers in the Public Sector are available to you. A genuine interest in public services is absolutely essential for you to get into this highly-competitive industry, but you don’t need to be currently working as you will gain the skills and experience to prepare you for it.

You will study a variety of public services based modules designed to give you the best chance of progressing to a career that is dynamic, exciting and full of opportunities.

You will be at the college main campuses and Public Services HQ 4-5 days a week with practical aspects of the course taking place at Perdiswell Sports centre in Worcester, and our Redditch campus Sports centre.

There is a real focus on providing you with exceptional opportunities to get work placements with local employers in the Public Sector. Many of our students go into well paid jobs locally and a significant number continue their education at university/ Higher Education degree level.

Please note that this course is predominantly aimed at 16 to 19 year olds.

Entry requirements

A total of 5 GCSE’s grade 9 - 4 (A*-C) including English and maths or Level 2 Public services or Level 2 Sport.

Good practical and communication skills.

Course Modules

- Leadership and Teamwork
- Citizenship
- Fitness Testing and Training
- Custodial Care
- Planning and Management of Major Incidents
- Impact of War and Terrorism
- Adventurous Activities


Additional Qualifications:
Level 2 Sports Leadership Award and First Aid

How will I be assessed?

Continuous assessment through: practical assessment of knowledge and skills for leading and instructing, group and individual presentations of public services specific work and written reports and evaluations.

What can I do next

You can progress onto a broad range of academic and vocational higher education courses at a Foundation Degree, HND or BA (Hons) level.

Career possibilities following this course include (but are not limited to):
- Police Officer
- Dog Handler
- Detective
- Armed Forces/Services (Army, RAF, Navy etc)
- Boarder Security Officer
- Enforcement Officer
- Surveillance Officer
- Site Security Manager
- Security Specialist
- Close Protection Officer
- Security Officer