Public Services, BTEC Level 2 First Extended Certificate
BTEC Level 2 Certificate
This course will develop your fitness levels, team-building skills and report writing. You’ll take part in exciting trips and practical activities such as map reading, and rock climbing. You’ll meet challenges both inside and outside the classroom and learn a disciplined approach to work. Students often go on to study Level 3 Public Services, which gives them access to going to university, or join the Public Services as a career in the Civil Service, the Armed Forces, the Police, Fire and Ambulance Service and apprenticeships with the Public Services including the Civil Service (GCHQ and intelligence services).
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Availability & Details
Students should normally have achieved a Grade 3 profile at GCSE. For GCSEs which remain with the old grading system, a Grade 3 is equivalent to a Grade D.
To study this course, you should also have an interest in working with people.
The course is modular and students will complete 9 units:
- The Role and Work of the Public Services
- Working Skills in the Public Service Sector
- Citizenship, Society and the Public Services
- Crime and its Effects on Society and Individuals
- Adventurous Activities in the Public Services
- Preparing to respond to emergency incidents
- Land Navigation by Map and Compass
- Volunteering for the Public Services
This is a challenging course which will require you to take on responsibility for your own learning and skills development including personal fitness. You will need to be well organised and be able to demonstrate that you have a responsible attitude to dealing with a variety of practical situations.
Lessons in the classroom will include a mixture of formats including group work, individual activities, guest speakers, role plays, using case studies and some formal note-taking sessions.. Outside of the classroom you will take part in fitness training and a variety of practical teamwork activities which may involve getting wet and muddy.
80% course work, 20% exams. 2 exam papers
Essential: £20 for textbooks, about £15 for course specific clothing, £450 for trips to Public Services organisations and adventurous training activities such as paintballing , a week residential trip to Wales and many other activities linked to your development.
Future Career Opportunities
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
I overcame a couple of barriers by working really hard to get the top grades. My experience was really good, with the course and the lecturers, the residentials and activities, together it was all really good. I had really great teaching support, I could always go to the lecturers and speak to them if I needed to.David Stenning, Public Services student
My time at the college was definitely life changing, I have learnt a lot of new skills, and obviously it’s a completely new experience. The support was great, there was always people there to help and try make it as easy as they can for you. The college is really fantastic, it has helped me on the way to get to what I want to achieve within my career goals.Erin Morgan, BTEC student