Public Services

NCFE Level 3 Extended Diploma

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Public Services, NCFE Level 3 Extended Diploma AF-PSRV3E-D(0000)000

Alton Campus

Type of study
Full Time, Vocational

Academic Year 2021-22 (2 years)

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Preparing you for a variety of roles in the Public Service sector, including the Armed Forces, the Blue Light Services, Central Government, Local Government and the Voluntary Services sector, this course includes practical work and regular fitness training. You’ll develop team skills, leadership abilities and go out on adventure training trips completing outward-bound activities. You will carry out your own research and complete written reports. Many students go onto study at university including subjects such as International Affairs and Politics and Criminology. Students have secured direct career employment with the Armed Forces and other Services.

You should normally have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade 9 – 4. For GCSEs which remain with the old grading system, a grade 4 is equivalent to a grade C. 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.

You will study:

  • Leadership and teamwork in the public services
  • Fitness testing and training
  • Responding to emergency service incidents
  • Skills for land-based outdoor and adventurous expeditions
  • Team sports

Another important aspect of any career in Public Services is a clear understanding of the background and political agenda to any operation, so you will also study areas such as:

  • Government, policies and public services
  • Understanding the impact of war, conflict and terrorism on Public Services
  • Crime and its effects on society
  • Aspects of the legal system and the law-making process
  • Police powers in the public services

There are a total of 20 units which will be taught by a small team of specialists.

Lessons activities are wide-ranging, from lectures, simulations and research, to detailed analysis and feedback. You will be in the fitness suite for one lesson and working on coursework for the next, for example.

As there is continuous assessment through coursework, you need to be prepared to work hard and spend at least 15 hours a week studying outside of the classroom.

100% coursework.

Textbooks and a course polo shirt: £60
Leadership Training: £40
Adventurous training activities: £400 (approximately)

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

It carries UCAS points equal to 3 A* at A Level, allowing you to go to university.

I would say it’s a college that really balances academia with fun, there is lots of extra-curricular stuff that you can get involved in. It has a really good work/life balance.

Laura Hagedorn, 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

The college is a bright and happy place, everyone is kind and friendly to each other.

Megan Hall, A Level student