Public & Defence Services

NCFE Level 2

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Availability & Details

Public Services, Level 2 Diploma SF-PSRV2D-D(0000)000

South Downs Campus

Type of study

Academic Year 2021-22 (1 years)

Examination board

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Throughout the programme you’ll learn important skills and knowledge related to work opportunities, fitness, discipline, leadership, teamwork, fitness, first aid and self-defence. You must be up for a challenge, organised, disciplined and a team player.

There will be chances for placements with the National Citizenship Scheme and to enrol as a Cadet in the Combined Cadet Force, as well as self-organised volunteering opportunities and trips to Parliament, the Imperial War Museum and Duke of Edinburgh activities. You will also have access to Fort Purbrook plus the College gym studio and IT facilities.

Three GCSEs including English Language or Mathematics at grade 3 or above or successful completion of a Level 1 Diploma course with Functional Skills. Those with GCSE grade 2 or below are recommended to pursue the Level 1 Diploma in Uniformed Services course or an alternative Level 1 course.

On this course you will study:

  • Investigate employment in the uniformed services
  • Explore aspects of physical fitness
  • Develop team working and problem solving skills
  • Show an understanding of health and safety and hygiene
  • Carry out map reading and navigation
  • Follow uniformed services routine
  • Undertake adventurous activities
  • Participate in competitive sports


Our teaching team have a broad mix of skills which include former service men and women. This hugely relevant experience combined with skilled and highly qualified teaching staff, provides a foundation for exciting and engaging sessions. 

The course will be taught mainly as practical with some supported classroom work and outdoor activities. With numerous visits and residential trips, the course is brought to life and related to elements of the industry. All of which will help develop the skills and knowledge you need to build a career in the public sector. Most of the coursework is written and it is recommended that you add a further 4 hours of self-study. Lecturers will be available to support you.

The course is 100% coursework and so it is important that you meet all deadlines and enjoy the challenge of coursework. All work will be continuously assessed through a variety of assignments; most will be written but there will be some presentations and some practical assessments. Most of your coursework will be individual with some group tasks.

For progression to the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Public Services you will need to achieve a Merit grade and suitable tutor report to be considered.
For progression to the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Services, you will need to achieve a Distinction grade, as well as English Language and Mathematics at grade 4 or above. This course is a great choice for those interested in an armed or emergency service, whether in a front line or supportive role. It could also lead to an HNC/D in Public Services or further study in criminology or Police studies.

Our Public & Uniform Services courses have strong industrial links. We work closely with AFCO (Armed Forces Careers Office) in Portsmouth, hosting members of their team at College to deliver careers advice and guidance on you next step.

Alongside the programme we have links with several local activity centres who support an action packed residential and day trip package, all designed to strengthen networking opportunities as well as developing vital career based skills. We also invite students to enrol on to the CCF (Combines Cadet Force), this offers further opportunities to enhance your field skills.     

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

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

There are lots of people at the college, each studying a diverse range of courses, people from all different areas come to study here, it creates a sense of community, there is a huge social aspect to college life across all courses.

Lee Backhouse, BTEC student