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Public Services BTEC 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.


Exam Board: Edexcel



All students (16-18 year olds and 19+) on level 3 vocational and academic programmes will study two qualifications over the duration of their two-year course.


An example of this is BTEC students will study for a 90 credit qualification in the 1st year. Upon successful completion, they will be able to progress to the 2nd year and study a diploma/extended diploma qualification.


A level students will study a two year linear A Level programme. At the end of their 1st year, students will sit internally assessed exams.


UK and EU students aged 19 or over on 31st August directly preceding their academic year will normally be required to pay tuition fees for that year of study. Advanced Learner Loans may be available for students studying at Level 3.


Course fees (for learners aged 19+) may be charged as follows:

A Level programme (2 year course)
1 x A Level = £850 per annum
2 x A Levels = £1,700 per annum
3 x A Levels = £2,550 per annum

Plus registration/exam fees = £120 per A Level


Vocational programme (eg BTEC / CACHE / UAL)
90 credit qualification (year 1) = £2,550
Diploma/extended diploma qualification (year 2) = £2,550


Students who are 19+ 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.

  • 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?

    You will need 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including English or Maths.

    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.

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