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This study programme is designed for 16-19 year olds only (age 19-24 for students with an Education, Health and Care Plan). 

Please visit our Adult Education, Degrees and Employer section for alternative courses.

Introduction

Welcome to Policing and Public Services.

Do you aspire to be a member of the armed forces, a fire fighter, a police officers, support the security of the country through control of our borders or working for one of HM prisons?

If your answer is yes, then this is the course for you.

The suite of qualifications on offer in this department will give you an in-depth understanding of the principles of the uniformed public services sector and give you the opportunity to explore the different routes into a uniformed public services career. You will work your physical fitness to prepare you for the levels required for entry into your chosen career path. The skills you gain on the course are transferrable skills which can be applied in any workplace or further study.

You will study a variety of units which will deepen your knowledge and understanding of the UK's Public Services and gain skills related to the Uniformed Public Services. You will be taught by industry professional who have worked in a variety of different uniformed public services. Additionally, we work closely with the local uniformed public services to give you many opportunities to understand how they work and inspire your future career goals.

Your course will give you both practical and theory experience. You will be given the opportunity to engage with the local community and Police, Fire, Royal Air Force, British Army and Royal Navy including the Royal Marines, Prison and Border Force, to gain hands on experiences dealing with members of the public and skills for employment.

After completing the course students' progress to many different careers paths in the H M Forces and emergency services, other choose higher education. Student leave the department equipped with the skills, character strengths and connections to give them the best possible start to their future career.

Where could it take me?

Higher Education degrees in Pre-Policing, Criminology to name but a few.

Employment in the Military: Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force, Prison Service, Police Apprenticeship or Boarder Agency

Courses

Level 2 Diploma Entry to the Uniformed Services
The level 2 Entry to the Uniformed Services qualification will give you an understanding of the public services sector, with an opportunity to investigate career opportunities in the uniformed services and develop transferable workplace skills through volunteering opportunities. The course will prepare you for your recruitment interview and develop your fitness to meet the entry requirements of the uniformed public services. You will also gain an understanding of the importance of health and hygiene. And you will also develop a variety of skills and qualities needed for your future career including teamwork, communication, problem solving, navigation and drill.

Level 3 Extended Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services
The level 3 qualification will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the principles of the uniformed public services sector and you will have the opportunity to explore difference avenues of work. You will explore and prepare for a career in the uniformed services, including development your physical fitness ready of the recruitment process and beyond. You will develop your teamwork skills and explore leadership skills which are required, as well as gain an understanding of equality, diversity, and inclusion. The course also included mental and physical wellbeing, how the different services plan for and respond to emergencies and work together collaboratively and the involvement of external organisations and how they influence the work of the uniformed public services. You will also have the opportunity to take part in your local community as a volunteer and take part in outdoor and adventurous activities.

Level 3 Extended Diploma for Policing
The level 3 qualification will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the principles of the police and you will have the opportunity to explore difference avenues of work in the police service. You will explore and prepare for a career in the police, including preparation for higher education, including development your physical fitness ready of the recruitment process and beyond. You will develop your teamwork skills and explore leadership skills which are required, as well as gain an understanding of equality, diversity, and inclusion. The course also included mental and physical wellbeing, how the police work with different services, plan for and respond to emergencies, and work together collaboratively with other external organisations. And how these organisation can have an influence on the work of the police.

What can I do next?

Upon completion of the Level 3 Policing or Public Services programmes students go on to a number of pathways including University and Higher Education. Level 2 Public services learners can progress onto the Level 3 provision.

Industry statistics

The total size of the full-time UK Armed Forces (trained and untrained) as of 1 April 2021 was just under 159,000. Most personnel were within the Army (56%) with the remainder being equally split between the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, and the RAF.

Data show that there were 137,704 officers in the 43 territorial police forces in England and Wales as at 31 March 2021. A manifesto commitment of the current Government was a pledge to recruit an additional 20,000 police officers in England and Wales by 31 March 2023. (gov.uk, Apr 2021).

Typical careers

Student typically start careers in the following areas Emergency Services: Police and Fire Service

  • H M Forces: Royal Air Force, British Army, Royal Navy in a variety of different roles.
  • Border Force
  • Prison Service

'Believe you can and you're halfway there' Theodore Roosevelt

Days & times

Starting September 2022


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