About the course
This is a vocational course aiming to introduce learners to the key areas relating to the uniformed public services at level two. The course covers a variety of public service skills and learners will have the opportunity to develop their fitness levels that are required to work within the sector.
Four GCSE passes to Grade 3 (to include mathematics and English) or an equivalent qualification, plus an interest in public services and the motivation to succeed. However, this course offers flexibility on the outcome of a personal interview and selection process with the curriculum staff. Students who do not have GCSE grade 4 in English and Maths will be required to continue with a course of study throughout their time at college.
The College offers a wide menu of Level 2 Diplomas. We will work with all learners in their first six weeks at College to place them on the appropriate Diploma programme that best meets their individual needs and best ensures their success. Within this course, learners will have the opportunity to take a NCFE Level 2 Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services.
What you'll learn (core modules)
The course is run by an inspiring team of highly qualified lecturers with public services experience, and has been planned to allow all learners to have a good understanding of public services and to develop their own skills within an active and challenging environment. Learners are expected to be in College for three days per week. Timetables run between 9.15am and 5.00pm on each of these days. The course will require additional study time at home and this will include a minimum of ten hours of private study a week.
The qualification aims to provide learners with an understanding of the uniformed public services including the personal commitment and fitness requirements needed to be employed in the uniformed services. The course will give them the opportunity to investigate career and prepare for recruitment interviews. They will also complete a variety of volunteer work and investigate the transferable skills volunteering can provide. They will also develop skills and qualities needed for the uniformed public services, including, teamwork, communication, problem solving navigational and drill. All students will undertake the NCS programme as part of their course.
Any student aged 16 to 19 who does not hold a GCSE A* to C (9 to 4 on the new grading structure) or equivalent qualifications in Maths and English by age 16 will need to continue to study these subjects in each academic year.
Where will the course take me?
The course is well suited to learners who would like to progress to level three learning including the Diploma qualifications for entry to the uniformed services. Learners may also choose to enter employment in any of the following areas: Police (including police community support officer), Fire Service, Royal Air Force, Army, Royal Navy, Prison service and border agency.
Of the students who completed this course last year 59% continued with Further Education and 35% secured employment.
Will I need any materials or equipment?
All students will be require to wear a college issued uniform, cost about £60.00, and have sports kit suitable for use in the gym and running outside.
Days & times
Starting September 2020