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.

I got into both of the universities I wanted to. It happens so fast and it’s an amazing feeling when you think that all of the work you’ve done has paid off in the best way possible.

Anton Sukhorukov, A Level student

Everyone at the College was really helpful, and there’s lots of facilities, meaning it’s very easy to get your work done on time, and get good grades. The teaching and support was excellent, they were always on top of it, and made sure you got work done on time and you were challenged. Everyone is friendly and its really diverse, meaning you can get involved in lots of different things.

Conor Ward, BTEC student

My experience at the college has been really good, it’s been really rewarding, all the lecturers were so lovely and supportive there’s no way I could have done it without them - the teaching has been outstanding.

Lucie Brooks, A Level student