A Level Programme

Public Services (Non-Uniformed) Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma

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About this course

Are you interested in a career in the non-uniformed services, such as local councils, government departments, NHS, security services or HM Revenue and Customs? This course is designed to introduce you to the necessary personal skills and knowledge that are required for a successful career in a non-uniformed public service. If a career in the services is not for you, or if you are unsure of what to do next, this course provides a solid platform of valuable life skills and knowledge which can be applied to many career paths.

What will I learn?


  • You will take part in visits to local services relevant to the course, along with benefiting from visiting speakers from the sector
  • You will take part in formal parades, undertake drill training and gain a first aid qualification
  • You will take part in practical leadership training and assessed expeditions, including overnight camping, as part of the course
  • Wide range of units including Government Policies, Leadership and Teamwork and Citizenship and Diversity and Public Service Data Interpretation

How will I be assessed?

  • No exams
  • Theory-based but includes regular practical assessment opportunities involving teamwork, leadership, peer assessment, outdoor activities and many more
  • This is combined with a mixture of presentations, reports, group discussions, timed assessments and other written and in-class assessment
  • Experienced and supportive staff will guide you through practical and theory based units to achieve your goals

What do I need?

General Requirements

  • 5 GCSEs at Grade A*-C including English and Maths at grade 4 (grade C)

In certain circumstances we will accept variations to this entry guide and create a personalised programme.

Where can it take me?

  • College Progression - Public Services HND or choose from a range of HNC/D, Foundation Degrees and professional qualifications
  • University Progression - relevant degree courses
  • Careers - in local government, health service, social services, probation service, civil service, NHS and emergency services

Additional Information

  • FREE residential trips as part of the assessment process with activities typically including camping, walking expeditions, rock climbing, canoeing and kayaking
  • Regular use of facilities such as fitness suite, sports hall, all weather pitch, outdoor gym, on-site obstacle course
  • Regular visits from members of uniformed and non-uniformed services
  • Regular practical assessment

This course should be combined with A Levels.