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Uniformed Services – Preparation for Entry

Level 3 Diploma

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Uniformed Services - Preparation for Entry: NCFE Level 3 Diploma SF-UNSE3D-D(0000)000

South Downs Campus

Type of study
Full Time, Vocational

Academic Year 2023-24 (1 years)

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Just like the Level 1 and Level 2 course, this course focuses on commitment, determination and respect. However the Level 3 will develop your skills as a leader and troop commander.

You will take part in regular fitness testing, including a military swim test, to assess your progress and set new goals. There will be opportunities to work with local schools, organising mini Olympics and military-style fitness fun days, providing you with valuable leadership and teamwork experience. 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.

Havant & South Downs College have their 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.

Three GCSEs including English Language or Mathematics at grade 4 or above or successful completion of a Level 2 Diploma course with Functional Skills. Those with GCSE grade 3 profile are recommended to pursue the Level 2 Diploma in Uniformed Services course or an alternative Level 2 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
  • Leadership skills
  • Advanced map reading and navigation
  • Equality and diversity
  • Personal protection
  • Telecommunications
  • Adventurous activities
  • Service routine 


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. Practical and peer observations in conjunction with mock professional and peer interviews allow your progress to be monitored throughout the whole year. A portfolio is produced to achieve a final grade.

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

Upon successful completion of this course students are able to progress to the Uniformed Services Officer Academy Extended Diploma. This course will teach individuals additional responsibilities, and provide both UCAS points and the experience to enhance progression into possible application as an officer.

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.

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


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

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