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Public Services Level 3 (A Level equivalent)

This course explores the relationship between policies and services within the public sector. Analysing the way that the events and institutions shape policies and the impact that these have upon individuals and society.


Please note that this is a one year course that students can take as part of an A Level study programme. For the second year of A Levels, students will need to select another A Level equivalent course, such as Law or Criminology and will study this as a one year certificate. You will still achieve UCAS points with the option of going to university. 


Exam Board: Edexcel



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  • What will I study and learn?

    This course explores Public Services by looking at Government policies, international institutions and societal issues from both a national and global perspective. You will study current issues such as the impact of war and terrorism on public services. The course will be designed to challenge your understanding of how our day to day lives are influenced by events and institutions. Please note that this course must be part of an A Level study programme (i.e. it cannot be taken on its own as a vocational subject).

  • How is the course assessed?

    100% coursework across one mandatory and three optional units.

    1. Government, Policies and the Public Services

    2. International Institutions and Human Rights

    3. Understand the impacts of War, Conflict and Terrorism on Public Services

    4. Crime and its effects on Society

  • What courses would combine well with this course?

    This course works well alongside other A Level courses within the Humanities and Social Sciences department. In particular, Criminology and Applied Law draw on a similar mode of delivery.

  • What skills will I need for the course?

    You need to be good at keeping up to date with assignments and presenting your ideas in a clear and well-structured way. An interest in Social and Political issues would be advantageous. Reading/watching the news regularly will help you with exploring a range of contemporary case studies.

  • What formal entry requirements will I need?

    Minimum requirements - average point score of 5 including GCSE English and Maths at grade 5.

    Points calculation

    The average points score for entry to an A Level programme will be calculated using your 8 best GCSEs OR 6 GCSEs plus 1 technical qualification (equivalent to a maximum of 2 GCSEs and 10 points). From 2017 English Language, English Literature and Mathematics GCSE will be graded numerically (1 – 9. Grade 5 = a good grade C, grade 6 = grade B and grade 7 = grade A).

    To work out your average and find out more information, please see our Entry Requirements page.

  • What could the course lead to in higher education or careers?

    An understanding of Public Services is relevant to many job roles within the public sector: social and probation work; education; local government and other related fields. Studying Public Services can lead to a variety of related higher education courses such as sociology, criminology, psychology, politics and law.

  • Are there any costs involved?

    There may also be the possibility of trips to parliament, local government or conferences. These may cost between £5 and £15 each time.

  • Are you aged over 19?

    Students aged 19 or over on 31st August directly preceding their academic year may be required to pay tuition fees for that year of study. Advanced Learner Loans may be available for students studying at Level 3. If you are aged 19-23 as at 31 August and this is your first full Level 3 you may not have to pay fees.

    Students who are 19-24 years old with Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) issued by the Local Authority are not required to pay course fees (ie tuition fees are free). Students will be required to provide a final copy of their EHCP provided by the LA as evidence.

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