Public Services

BTEC Extended Certificate Level 2

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Availability & Details

Public Services, NCFE Level 2 Diploma AF-PSRV2T-D(0000)001

Alton Campus

Type of study

Academic Year 2021-22 (1 years)

Examination board

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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).

You 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.

On this full time Public Services course, you will study the following:

  • 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
  • Sport and Recreation

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% coursework, 20% exams (two exam papers).

Essential purchase of textbooks :£20

Course specific clothing: £15 (approximately)

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: £450

The teaching has been really good, I’ve loved all of my teachers, they’ve all been really nice and supportive.

Jodie Hook

My experience at the college has been really good, it’s been really rewarding, all the lecturers were so lovely and supportive there’s no way I could have done it without them - the teaching has been outstanding.

Lucie Brooks, 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