Public Services - Level 3 Diploma (Edexcel)
Qualification Obtained: 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.
You will study the following units:
- Government, Policies and the Public Services
- Leadership and Team work in the Public Services
- Citizenship, Diversity and the Public Services
- Understanding Discipline in the Uniformed Public Services
- Physical Preparation, Health and Lifestyle in the Public Services
You will also have a dedicated PE practical each week which you must participate in.
As part of your Programme of Study, you will also study the following qualifications. You must complete all of these qualifications to be successful:
- GCSE in English or maths (if you have already achieved a D in the subject).
- Functional Skills English or maths at an appropriate level , depending on entry grades.
- 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 voluntary opportunities in an area that fits with your career goals.
Course Entry Requirements
A range of GCSE’s with 5 at C or above including English or maths. Alternatively, you may have achieved a suitable Level 2 Qualification at merit level with a GCSE at C or above in English or maths.
Career Options and Progression
This course will prepare you for your chosen career path or help you to progress into further study in higher education. We ensure that you will develop the employability skills and qualities needed for a career in the Public Services using a number of different methods such as volunteering as this 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 an HND (level 5 qualification) at our own University Centre in Blackpool which this year many of our Diploma students have gone onto.
Other students leaving this year have directly joined the services (Royal Navy, RAF, Army etc) others are currency working in a voluntary capacity in civilian services which is a route into these 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
Once you have completed the first year of the course, you will then progress into year 2 and complete the full BTEC L3 Diploma in Uniformed Public Services, equivalent to studying 2 A Levels. Where you will complete units such as
- Instructing Physical Activity
- Command and Control
Method of Assessment:
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
The learners will spend at least a week on a look at life experience with one of the Armed Forces, they will also complete a week on 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.
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 appropriate 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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