Public Services

NCFE Level 3 Certificate

public services students taking part in a team building activity with planks

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

Alton Campus

Type of study
A Levels, 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.

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 courses were all especially interesting, I thoroughly enjoyed all of them. All of my lecturers were extremely knowledgeable and I have learnt a lot from them.

Lottie Warren, 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

You take control of your own learning…the college were really helpful and always willing to do anything and go that extra step to help me get my grades.

Scarlette Tiller, A Level student