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Public & Defence Services

NCFE Level 3 Certificate

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Public Services - ALMP Level 3 Certificate AF-PSRV3S-D(0000)000

Alton Campus

Type of study
A Levels, Full Time, Vocational

Academic Year 2023-24 (2 years)

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This course is ideal if you want to pursue a career in the public services, including the Army, Royal Navy, RAF and Royal Marines, as well as the Police, Fire, Ambulance, and Prison services.

It is designed to give you a detailed understanding of work in the public services and the attributes you need to achieve your aims. These include: confidence, leadership, teamwork, fitness and discipline.

Among other things, you’ll learn about citizenship, diversity, government, first aid and self-defence. You’ll also be able to enrol as a Cadet in the Combined Cadet Force, as well as self-organised volunteering and Duke of Edinburgh opportunities.

In addition, you’ll benefit from residential field trips to places such as the New Forest, Dartmoor and Wales, which will be linked to unit criteria.

Five GCSEs at grade 9-4. Alternatively, if you have studied at Level 2, you should have achieved a Merit or above. Vocational courses are an ideal qualification for you if you prefer coursework. To study this course, you should have an interest in working with people.

On this course you will study a range of theory and practical units with relevance to the skills required by uniformed and non-uniformed public service personnel.

Core units that will be studied over the two years are:

  • Government policies
  • Leadership and teamwork
  • Citizenship and diversity
  • Understanding discipline
  • Skills for land and water-based outdoor and adventurous activities

Most learning will be classroom-based. However, there is a practical emphasis on many units. External visits, professional speakers, and opportunities to interact with sections of the public services are incorporated, when available.

100% coursework.

Essential textbooks and a course polo shirt: £60.

Adventurous training activities: £400 (approximately).

You will be expected to provide suitable sportswear for the practical sessions.

My courses were all especially interesting, I thoroughly enjoyed all of them. All of my lecturers were extremely knowledgeable and I have learnt a lot from them.

Lottie Warren, A Level student

I’m very, very happy, I didn’t expect to do so well. The College has been helpful and supportive. I loved my courses, and the teachers were really good – every single one of them. The facilities are great, but it’s the staff that really make this place.

Matthew Randell, A Level student

My experience at the College was great, it’s very different to school, and I think it’s a good step to going to university. The support was amazing, I loved all of my teachers, they helped me through everything. The College is friendly and you will succeed.

Heidi Adamson Brattland, A Level student