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Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma Public Services

Health, Public Services and Care

Health, Public Services and Care
Health, Public Services and Care
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What will you be working towards?

Code PU3CR1Y
Qualification Type National Award (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


If you would you like to learn the skill and knowledge required for a career in the Fire or Police Services, Prison Service, or Armed Forces, then Public Service courses could be for you. Our course offers a comprehensive introduction to the different public services and how they work, both individually and together, and you will gain an understanding of the levels of health and fitness required to enter the industry.

This qualification has been developed to meet the needs of a broad spectrum of public service areas from uniformed roles in defence, emergency, security and justice, to non-uniformed roles in central and local government. You will gain a wide range of transferable skills needed for public service employment and have the opportunity to be involved in taster sessions, trips and visits from guest speakers. You will gain the knowledge, understanding and skills required for success in current and future employment, or for progression to courses such as BTEC Higher Nationals, Foundation degrees or Honours degrees.


The course will be enhanced with outside speakers coming into college from the Army, RAF and Police.

Examples of units that will be studied over the 2-years and will be assessed through coursework. Units studied include:

90 Credit Diploma

Unit 01: Government Policies

Unit 02: Leadership and Teamwork

Unit 03: Citizenship, Diversity and the Public Services

Unit 05: Physical Preparation, Health and Lifestyle for the Public Services

Unit 08: Understand the Impact of War, Conflict and Terrorism on Public Services

Unit 10: Skills for Land-based Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Unit 17: Police Powers in the Public Services

Unit 31: Exercise, Health and Lifestyle

Unit 35: Land Navigation by Map and Compass

Extended Diploma

Unit 06: Fitness Testing and Training

Unit 12: Crime and its Effects on Society

Unit 13: Command and Control in the Uniformed Public Services

Unit 21: Custodial Care Services

Unit 22: Aspects of the Legal System and Law-making Process

Unit 24: Current and Media in Public Services

Unit 29: Security Procedures in the Public Services

Unit 30: Practical Team Sports

How will it be delivered?

Assessed by the completion of assignments given by a set deadline.

1st Year : 90 Credit Diploma

2nd Year : Extended Diploma


Entry requirements

5 or more GCSEs grade C/4 or above including English Language and where possible a grade D/3 or above in Maths.

It would also be beneficial to have a relevant Level 2 qualification in Public Services at a merit grade. 

Your next steps...

As the course is equivalent to 3 A Levels the Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma is an ideal spring board for progression to a Foundation Degree or Full Degree depending on UCAS points gained.

Students will also become occupationally ready to take up employment in the uniformed or non-uniformed public service sector at the appropriate level. If you are considering a career in any of the uniformed or non-uniformed services this course is for you.

Completion of the course will provide an excellent opportunity to make an informed choice about a career in the following:

• Police

• Fire Service

• Army

• Royal Navy

• Royal Air Force

• Prison Service

• HM Customs and Excise


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