Public & Defence Services

NCFE Level 3 Extended Diploma

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Public and Defence Services - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma SF-PSRV3E-D(0000)000

Venue
South Downs Campus

Type of study
Full Time, Vocational

Dates
Academic Year 2021-22 (2 years)

Examination board
NCFE

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Overview

The course aims to develop specialist service-related knowledge. The course also covers how the public or uniformed services work, social studies to give you an understanding of the environment they operate in and practical subjects to develop your fitness and understanding of the physical aspects required for each service.

There is a range of both theory and practical units within the course and you will be expected to complete a portfolio of evidence, based on the assignment work you are issued within your lessons. You will benefit from studying in locations such as Fort Purbrook and the Defence School of Policing and Guarding at Southwick Park. You will also undertake residentials in locations such as the New Forest, Dartmoor and North Wales and experience field trips to places that include Parliament and the Imperial War Museum. In addition, you will develop service essential skills, including undertaking conformity simulations, such as a remembrance and pass off parade. You will also be given the opportunity to join the Combined Cadet Force where you can add to your skillset and knowledge.

 

Four GCSEs at Grade 4 or above, preferably including English and Mathematics.

This is a full time course, covering the following 18 units across two years:

Year 1 units

  • 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
  • Carry out map reading and navigation across open country
  • Telecommunications in the uniformed services
  • The influence of the UK government, international organisations and the media on the uniformed services
  • Skills for land-based outdoor and adventurous activities
  • UK legal systems and uniformed services

Year 2 units

  • Mental and physical wellbeing
  • Emergency planning and response in the uniformed services
  • Understand the impact of war and conflict on uniformed services
  • Sports coaching
  • Skills for water-based outdoor and adventurous activities
  • Outdoor and adventurous expeditions
  • Understanding discipline in the uniformed services
  • Crime scene investigation
  • Security procedures in the uniformed services

 

You will be taught through a continuous programme of assignments, class activities, practical tasks, discussions, presentations, written reports, voluntary work, organising events and some group work. Each assessment will be graded against the unit criteria and from there you will get an overall grade (Pass, Merit or Distinction). Lessons are taught on the South Downs Campus and you will attend a satellite location of Fort Purbrook for Year 1 and the Defence School of Policing and Guarding at Southwick Park for Year 2, one day a week.

You will work through a continuous programme of assignments, class activities, practical tasks, discussions, presentations, written reports, voluntary work, organising events and some group work. Each assessment will be graded against the unit criteria and from there you will get an overall grade (Pass, Merit or Distinction).

On completion of this course, you could go on to secure employment including HM Forces, study at Higher Education level (HND/Undergraduate Degree) or an Apprenticeship (police).

In the first year, you will experience a number of talks from a range of services and forces and will study one day a week at Fort Purbrook.

In the second year, you will be studying one day a week at the Defence School of Policing and Guarding at Southwick Park, which is home to all police forces.


HSDC prepared me for my current career by making me push myself when I didn’t know what I wanted to do. There was always the support and ideas that I needed to find what I wanted to do after college, along with the course itself which allowed me to get the grades and life experience I needed to be able to get the role that I now hold - an Authorised Firearms Officer for the Ministry of Defence Police.

Thomas Atkinson, Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Services