Course details may be subject to change.
The aim of this qualification is to provide you with an in-depth understanding of the principles of the uniformed services sector and to allow you to explore the various avenues of work within it.
You will further develop the skills and qualities needed to work in a range of uniformed services, e.g. leadership skills, coaching skills, conflict management, personal protection, teamwork, communication, navigation and drill.
You will hold four GCSEs at grade 4-7 (A-C) or above, ideally in maths and English, or a relevant Level 2 Qualification at Merit/Distinction.
You will be expected to wear a uniform – this will cost approximately £23.
Additional costs for trips and visits will be approximately £30.
What are the next steps?
You will meet with a course tutor to find out more about the course, discuss which course is right for you and see the facilities.
Please bring your GCSE grades/predicted grades or any other relevant qualifications.
The aim of this qualification is to provide you with an in-depth understanding of the principles of the uniformed services sector and to allow you to explore the various avenues of work within it. It will also provide you with opportunities to gain transferable skills that can be applied to the workplace or further study.
The objectives of this qualification are to:
- Allow you to progress to employment or further study and towards the entry qualifications and requirements of a specific uniformed service.
- Provide informed and prepared potential recruits.
- Provide you with an understanding of the uniformed public services sector.
- Give you the opportunity to investigate career opportunities in the uniformed services.
- Provide you with an understanding of the personal commitment and fitness requirements needed to be employed in a uniformed service role.
- Ensure you understand the external organisations that impact on and influence the work of the uniformed services.
- Outline how uniformed services organisations respond in emergency situations.
- Provide you with the opportunity to understand and develop the skills and qualities needed to work in a range of uniformed services, e.g. leadership skills, coaching skills, conflict management, personal protection, teamwork, communication, navigation and drill.
- Prepare for a career in a chosen uniformed service
- Develop aspects of physical fitness for entry to the uniformed services
- Develop leadership skills
- Equality, diversity and inclusion.
- Value and standards
- Telecommunications in the uniformed services.
Teaching and Assessment
A variety of assessment methods are used, including:
- Time-constrained assignments
- Case studies
- Observation of performance
- We have a number of key links with public services employers, such as
- Fire Service
- Prison Service
You will be given the opportunity to take part in a meaningful work placement. You might not be able to attend all opportunities offered, therefore, are encouraged to source your own work experience.
A work placement will allow you to develop the essential work related skills ready for entry to employment.
To assist in gaining experience of service life the following activities are available:
- Trips and visits to a range of public services
- Volunteering opportunities with organisations, such as the Forestry Commission and Hamsterley Trailblazers.
You could progress to a Foundation Degree in Public & Community Services at New College Durham after completing the second year of the Level 3 course.