Uniformed Public Services

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Qualification type: Diploma
Level: Level 3
Awarding body Pearson
Academic year: 2017/2018
Start date September 2017
Duration 1 year
Location: Darlington College
Attendance: Full time

Course overview

This course is designed to provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for success when moving towards a career in uniformed services. You will find out what people in different services do in their job roles, how they work and how they interact with each other.  You will need to have completed the Subsidiary Diploma in Uniformed Public Services and have good attendance and successful completion of assignments to apply for this course.

You will be given the opportunity to go on work experience at certain times during your course.

To develop your employability opportunities you may also be given enrichment classes. This may focus upon additional qualifications, industrial updating and career preparation

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs grades A*-C including GCSE English or an appropriate level 2 qualification (at a merit if graded) and a satisfactory school report.
We will request a school or college report and you will attend an interview at the college.

How to enquire/apply

To apply for this course please click the apply button and complete the online application form. If you have any queries with regards to your application or would like further information and support please contact us on 01325 503030.

Studying and learning

Year 1 course = 90 credit Diploma.

You will study 8 to 9 units over the year. All units are subject to change.

The course contains units including both theoretical and practical subjects. All units are subject to change.

Mandatory units:

  • Government policies in the Public Services
  • Leadership and teamwork in the Public Services
  • Citizenship in diversity in the Public Services
  • Understanding discipline, crime and its effect on society
  • Fitness testing and training for the Uniformed Public Services

Optional units:

  • Physical preparation, health and lifestyle for the Public Services
  • Outdoor and adventurous expeditions
  • Skills for land-based outdoor and adventurous activities
  • Skills for water based outdoor and adventurous activities
  • Command and control in the Uniformed Public Services
  • Planning and management of major incidents
  • Crime and its effects on society
  • Behaviour in Public Sector employment
  • Aspects of the legal system and law-making process
  • Practical team sports
  • Exercise, health and lifestyle
  • Instructing physical activity and exercise
  • Land navigation by map and compass
  • Employment in the Uniformed Public Services

Functional Skills are developed, assessed and recorded throughout the programme. Outdoor activities will form an important part of the programme.

How will I be assessed

Throughout the course you are continuously assessed using a variety of methods, eg assignments, practical assessments, presentations etc. Functional skills are also included in the programme and assessed externally.

Things you may need

You may be required to have the following equipment which will be needed at some time during your one or two years at college.

  • A sleeping bag (needs to have a stuff sack)
  • A strong pair of walking boots (not fashion trainers)
  • One or two pairs of thick walking socks
  • A waterproof coat
  • One large ring binder for each year of study for their portfolio work
  • Pens
  • Paper
What next

The career pathway/progression is either; Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Services, HE/University with max. 210 UCAS points achievable (equivalent to 1.5 A levels) and many students go on to study:

  • Psychology and crime
  • Criminological theory
  • Criminal justice system
  • Contemporary police and policing
  • Police procedure and professional ethics
  • High risk and serious offenders
  • Work-based learning in policing and criminal justice

On completion of this course you can progress into employment other than the Armed Forces i.e. Police Services, Fire Services, Prison Service, Youth Work, Private Security Protection, Local Government.

You can after this course go into Officer training at places like Sandhurst.

Information, advice and support

Darlington College offers a wide range of support including careers guidance, financial assistance, additional learning support, childcare and many more. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Student Services Team on 01325 503030 and they will direct your call to the appropriate college support team.

Fees and funding

This course is free if you are 16-18 years of age on August 31 of the calendar year in which you begin your studies.  If you are 19 - 23 years of age fees may apply. However help may be available. To see if you can receive any funding call our Student Services Team on 01325 503030.  If you are 24+ then this course qualifies for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan. Full details on the www.studentfinancedirect.co.uk

What if I need support?

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

Enquiry Form

If you have any questions about this course, send us a message using the form below.

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