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Uniformed Services – Preparation for Entry

Level 1 Diploma

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Uniformed Services, Diploma for Entry, NCFE Level 1 SF-UNSE1D-D(0000)000

South Downs Campus

Type of study
Full Time, Vocational

Academic Year 2023-24 (1 years)

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The course focuses on commitment, determination and respect. You must have the desire to represent your country, and the willingness to develop personal and social skills necessary for a life in the services.

You will take part in regular fitness testing, including a military swim test, to assess your progress and set new goals. You will learn about service routine and perform drill for Remembrance Day and at your end of year Pass-Off Parade. There will also be map and navigation days and an adventurous activities residential to Tile Barn.

We have a strong bond with the Armed Forces Careers Office (AFCO), offering employer engagement, through regular guest speakers and look at life experiences for a variety of the armed forces career paths. HSDC has its own Combined Cadet Force (CCF), which students are encouraged to join unless already involved in a cadet programme, that can enhance a Uniformed Services experience.


Although no formal qualifications are necessary, prospective candidates must have a satisfactory school report and a reasonable level of literacy needed for them to comply with the written aspects of the course.

Within the units below, individuals are required to demonstrate knowledge and skills for employment:

  • Preparation for entry to the uniformed service of your choice
  • Physical fitness
  • Teamwork
  • Map reading and navigation
  • Participate in an adventurous activity
  • Health & safety in the uniformed services
  • Participate in competitive sports
  • Developing self discipline 


Our teaching team have a broad mix of skills which include former service men and women. This hugely relevant experience combined with skilled and highly qualified teaching staff, provides a foundation for exciting and engaging sessions.

The course will be taught mainly as practical with supported classroom work and outdoor activities. With numerous visits and trips, the course is brought to life and related to elements of the public sector. All of which will help develop the skills and knowledge you need to build a career in the armed forces or public services.


All work will be continuously assessed using video and photographic evidence to support effective feedback. Google Classroom provides easy access to resources and relevant course or tutor related information.

All students will be expected to conform to a uniform dress code.

Successful completion of the course will offer progression to the NCFE Level 2 Uniformed Services or another suitable Level 2 course. You may wish to apply for entry to the armed forces or public services. You may also want an alternative career or Apprenticeship in another field, which can be supported by the HSDC Careers & Employability Team.

Successful completion of the course will enable you to proceed to the NCFE Level 2 in Preparation for Entry to Uniformed Services. If you wish to change direction, you can move to other courses within the area such as BTEC Level 2 Sport or Outdoor Education.

Excellent links are maintained with the Armed Forces Careers Office (AFCO), Portsmouth who visit on request and brief on career opportunities and progression.

Other visitors include Regimental Engagement Teams (RETs) from The Royal Navy, The Royal Marines, The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (PWRR), The Army Air Corps (AAC), The Royal Military Police (RMP) and more. These visits include briefs, videos, question and answer sessions as well as team building skills, activities and fitness sessions.

Havant & South Downs College have their own Combined Cadet Force (CCF) that can enhance a Uniformed Services experience


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

College is definitely worth all the effort you put in, you get to meet lots of different people and it’s amazing.

Ebony Puttock, A Level student

I’m very, very happy, I didn’t expect to do so well. The College has been helpful and supportive. I loved my courses, and the teachers were really good – every single one of them. The facilities are great, but it’s the staff that really make this place.

Matthew Randell, A Level student