Public Services - Level 3 Extended Diploma (Edexcel)
Qualification Obtained: Extended Diploma in Public Services (QCF)
Public Services at Blackpool and the Fylde College is an exciting, active and rewarding course delivered by tutors who are experts in their field, these experts can provide you with all the support and guidance you need to get you qualified and employed or for you to progress onto higher level courses.
You will learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities will be both practical and theory based and include where possible vocational experts currently serving in the Uniformed Public Services.
The course is over one academic year and you will study eight topics listed below worth 1.5 A'Levels.
You will study the following units:
- Government, Policies and the Public Services (10 credits)
- Leadership and Team work in the Public Services (15 credits)
- Citizenship, Diversity and the Public Services (15 credits)
- Understanding Discipline in the Uniformed Public Services (10 credits)
- Physical Preparation, Health and Lifestyle in the Public Services (10 credits)
- Fitness testing in the Uniformed Public Services (10 credits)
- Crime and its effects on society (10 credits)
- Responding to Emergency Incidents (10 credits)
You will also have a dedicated PE practical session each week which you must participate in.
As part of your Programme of Study, you will also cover the following area. You must complete all of these qualifications to be successful:
- Developmental maths and English programme
- Tutorial – you will have a one to one every 4 – 5 weeks with your tutor to assess your progress and set targets
- Work Experience and Volunteering programme- employer visits, hands on experiences, guest speakers from industry experts.
Course Entry Requirements
5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English Language and Maths OR a First Diploma at merit plus English Language and Maths at grade C
Career Options and Progression
This course will prepare you for a career in one of the main areas linked to the uniformed public services. The expert staff here at B&FC will ensure you have the skills, discipline, knowledge and drive to follow your chosen career path or continue studying in higher education. We include a unit in Volunteering, an extra volunteering qualification and a qualification in sports leadership. Volunteering is a key way into Public Services at the moment and will also enhance your job prospects generally. We also work with many employers directly including the Army, RAF, Fire & Rescue Service and the Police Service.
The course also has a maximum of 280 UCAS points which can be used to gain entry to Higher Education. We offer a HND (level 5 qualification) at our own University Centre in Blackpool, with high numbers of our progressing learners going onto. A BSc (Hons) Public Services and the Community has recently been validated by Salford University, ensuring a full-degree can be achieved through Blackpool and the Fylde College.
Other students leaving this year have directly joined the services (Royal Navy, RAF, Army etc) others are currently working in a voluntary capacity within civilian services, which will support the progression into public services. We also have students at other Higher Education providers and learners who have gone directly into work that involves working with the public in a variety of roles.
Modules and Assessment
After the first year you will progress onto the second year of the course and complete the full BTEC Extended Diploma in Uniformed Public Services, equivalent to 3 A Levels. To gain entry to the second year of the programme you will need a minimum of 92% attendance and to meet your minimum target grade (MTG). Your minimum target grade is set from your GCSE results. Your tutor will tell you more about this in induction.
In year 2
- Skills for Land based Outdoor and Adventurous – including a residential at an activity centre
- Practical Team Sports
- Responding to Emergency Incidents
- Instructing Physical Activity and Exercise
- Aspects of the English Legal System
- International Institutions and Human Rights
- Understanding the Impact of war and Conflict
- Police Powers
- Behaviour in the Uniformed Public Services
- Command and Control
Additional qualifications: Volunteering, First Aid and Outdoor Activity based qualifications.
You will receive two assignments per unit of study with clear numbered tasks to complete within each assignment. The assessment methods will be varied to meet learner needs and include;
- Audio Interview
- Video Interview
- Practical Performance
Teaching and Learning Methods
Our teaching methods are interactive, learner centred and up to date. Every lesson will have planned objectives, a starter activity, learning chunks and a plenary. The main learning activities will be structured to meet different needs, so learners can work at different speeds. Where possible, Lecturers will try to make learning as practical and as hands on as possible, to enhance the learning experience. Individualised teaching and learning suiting all preferred learning styles is key to the delivery of all courses within the School. Lectures, Industry visits, Guest Speakers, Workshops, Group work, Internet and learning resource centre based research, practical sessions are just a few of our methods.
Work Placement and Field Trips
You could be part of a week a ‘look at life’ experience with one of the Armed Forces and complete a week long residential as part of National Citizenship enterprise, this will enhance leadership, teamwork and communication skills as well as establishing if an armed forces career is a viable choice. Volunteering opportunities are a major part of the course and these provide you with vital employability skills.
All staff involved in the delivery of further education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant vocational and industrial experience and professional practice.
Students who are 18 or under and resident in the EU pay no course fees. Read our tuition fees guide for students 19 and over.
There may be some additional costs for external trips and visits, with the opportunity to go on a residential as part of the course of study.
Students will be required to bring sports clothing and the correct footwear for practical sessions.
Regulation and Accreditation
This qualification is regulated through Pearson’s and you will achieve your qualification from Edexcel.
Terms and Conditions
Read our full terms and conditions for more information.
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