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Public Services BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

This two-year course is designed to give students an insight into a variety of disciplines within the Public Services sector, including armed forces, police, fire and ambulance services. Students will be given the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of the industry through practical and theoretical assessments in a variety of units such as Leadership and Teamwork, Understanding Discipline, Fitness Testing and Training, Physical Preparation, Health and Lifestyle, Personnel and Human Resources and Volunteering in Public Services.


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 AS Level in their first year and upon successful achievement will progress through to the full A Level in their second year.


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.

  • Course details, fees and dates

    Course Code 26081 / 10001

    Start Date Tuesday 09 Jan 2018

    Are concessions available? If you are 19-23 or receiving benefits, please refer to our Fee Concessions Information.

  • What will I study and learn?

    The course is assessed internally through coursework and through external exams.

    Units include:

    • Government, Policies and the Public Services
    • Leadership and Teamwork in the Public Services
    • Citizenship, Diversity and the Public Services
    • Understanding Discipline in the Uniformed Public Services
    • Fitness Testing and Training for the Uniformed Public Services
    • Physical Preparation, Health and Lifestyle for the Public Services
    • Volunteering in Public Services
    • Outdoor and Adventurous Expeditions

    You will be working individually and as part of a group. Most lectures are classroom based but will involve practical elements where applicable. Volunteering in the Public Service is an expected part of the course.

    In addition you will study for a qualification in English and/or Maths.

    You will also have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of sports activities at the college in your free time.

  • How is the course assessed?

    The course has core, mandatory and optional specialist units that are internally assessed through practical and coursework based assessments. In addition, a percentage of the course is externally assessed through two separate exams that are set and marked by Pearson in June 2015.

    Coursework tasks are varied and may take the form of practical assessments, role plays, presentations and video assessments.

  • What courses would combine well with this course?

    You might also join one of the sports or academy teams, which would be a commitment on your part to several hours of training, coaching and competitions each week

  • What skills will I need for the course?

    You must be able to show that you can benefit from a level 3 course and have a genuine interest pursuing a career in Public Services. You will be expected to discuss your interests and achievements at the interview.

  • What formal entry requirements will I need?

    You will need:

    5 GCSEs at grade C (including English and Maths)


    BTEC level 2 Diploma at Merit or above in a relevant subject


    English and Maths GCSE at grade C


  • What could this course lead to?

    The course will predominately lead to employment or university progression in one of the related disciplines.

    Alternative progression is into a role in the Public Service.

  • Are there any costs involved?

    Student materials will cost £100 approximately. You may also need to pay for occasional trips, price determined by type of trip.

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If you are interested in applying please fill out an application form. If you require more information please do not hesitate in sending us your queries via our enquiry form. We will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.

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