Public Services

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma Level 3

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Availability & Details

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

Alton Campus

Type of study

Academic Year 2021-22 (2 years)

Examination board

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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.

I overcame a couple of barriers by working really hard to get the top grades. My experience was really good, with the course and the lecturers, the residentials and activities, together it was all really good. I had really great teaching support, I could always go to the lecturers and speak to them if I needed to.

David Stenning, Public Services student

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

The tutors were really supportive and it was all thanks to them that I have achieved what I have. I’ve also made loads of great friends and really enjoyed my time at the college.

Lizaveta Sinkerich, A Level student