A Level Programme

Public Services Level 3

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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?

Key Features

  • Visits to local services relevant to the course, along with benefiting from visiting speakers from the sector
  • Participation in formal parades, undertaking drill training and gaining a first aid qualification
  • Practical leadership training and assessed expeditions, including overnight camping, as part of the course
  • Wide range of units including Government Policies, Leadership & Teamwork and Citizenship & Diversity, Understanding Discipline and Outdoor & Adventurous Expeditions

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?

You will need to achieve at least 5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including English Language and Maths.

Where can it take me?

  • College Progression - a range of HNC/D, Foundation Degrees and professional qualifications, including Public Services HND
  • University Progression - related degree such as Public Services, Sociology and Health & Public Service Management
Customs Officer
Health Service Administrator
Civil Servant
Probation Officer
Local Government

Additional Information

  • FREE residential trips as part of the assessment process with activities typically including camping, walking expeditions, rock climbing, canoeing and kayaking
  • Use of College 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. Good combinations include Sociology and Law.