Public Services

NCFE Level 3 Certificate

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Availability & Details

Public Services, NCFE Level 3 Certificate AF-PSRV3S-D(0000)000

Venue
Alton Campus

Type of study
Full-Time

Dates
Academic Year 2021-22 (2 years)

Examination board
NCFE

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Overview

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.

On this course at HSDC Alton, you will study the following units:

  • Unit 1 – Government, policies and the public services
  • Unit 2 – Leadership and Teamwork in the public services
  • Unit 3 – Citizenship, diversity and the public services
  • Unit 8 – Understanding the impact of war, conflict and terrorism on public services
  • Unit 10 – Skills for land-based and adventurous activities (option unit 1)
  • Unit 13 – Command and control in the uniformed public services (option unit 2)
  • Unit 18 – Behaviour in public sector employment

There are a total of six units, you elect to do either Unit 10 or Unit 13.

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.

Essential textbooks and a course polo shirt: £60.

Adventurous training activities: £400 (approximately).

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


My experience at the college was enjoyable and productive, with thoroughly helpful people surrounding you, an excellent experience. I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it was, with the work shop time and experience I had, it was a great two years preparing me for the next stage.

Edward Smith, BTEC student

The teaching and support was really great, the quality was really great, all the teachers really care about your education as well as your wellbeing, they take everything into consideration and they’re great.

Katie Whittingham, 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