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Uniformed Protective Services - Level 2


The Level 2 Diploma in Public Services at Blackpool and the Fylde College is an exciting and active course that will prepare you for the nature and pressure of public services work. The course will give you a detailed insight into the workings of different services through theoretical and practical subjects delivered by experienced lecturers from public service backgrounds.

You will learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, and learners will develop essential skills and knowledge that are required within the Public Services including communication, leadership, decision-making and being helpful to others. You will also have a dedicated fitness and practical sessions each week which all students will participate in to be ready for a career within the services.

As part of your Programme of Study, you will also cover the following areas which you must complete successfully to gain your qualification:

  • Functional Skills/ GCSE 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 experience, guest speakers from industry experts.

Next course dates

Start date Location Duration
02 Sep 2024
Bispham Campus
1 Year

Where can this subject lead?

Career progression

This course will allow you to focus on a career within Uniformed and Non-Uniformed Public Sectors, building the required knowledge and experience needed to become a successful member of a close knit team. Due to the nature of public service work, public servants need to be resilient and adaptable to a range of unpredictable situations which may occur.

Public sector work is highly active and demanding, requiring a high level of physical fitness to complete your job role effectively.

In order to best prepare you for your future career, you are encouraged to progress throughout college and levels. Learners have a progression route from Level 2 to our HE Provision of a BSc (Hons) Public Services. Learners' will be required to achieve their minimum target grade prior to achieving progression to the next level 3 course.

We have a very high success rate on our Public Services programmes and a high majority of the successful students’ progress onto their chosen career paths either direct from the course or after progressing into Higher Education.

Key information

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs grade 3 - 1 or above in English and Maths

  • a successful interview with a tutor
  • the ability to study independently
  • a genuine interest in the subject
  • good communication skills 
  • hardworking approach towards the industry

All 16-18 year old applicants will be invited to attend an interview to meet a tutor and ask any questions they may have about the course.

Essential Skills – English and Maths

If you achieve a grade 3 in GCSE Maths or English you will have to work towards re-sitting these subjects as part of your main study programme. At B&FC, this won’t delay your career journey because you’re working towards these subjects at the same time as your chosen subject.

Qualification obtained

Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services

Extra costs and equipment

All students will be expected to provide their own stationery, to include: pens, notepad and an A4 folder. Replacement ID badges will be at a cost of £3 or £8 if incorporated with a bus pass. For photocopying, students are provided with the first 80 black and white free of charge.  Any additional copies for black and white are charged at 4p per copy.

Tuition Fees

If you are 16 - 18 and a UK resident, no course fees are payable.

Terms and Conditions

Read our full terms and conditions for more information.

Regulation and Accreditation

Accrediting Institution: N/A

Awarding Body: Pearson

Regulatory Body: Ofsted

What will I learn?

Industry placement, field trips and guest speakers

This course features a compulsory 20-hour work placement with the opportunity to develop your skills in a realistic industry setting and discover what an employer will expect of you in a similar role.

We will encourage and support you to take part in voluntary work throughout the course as volunteering will enhance your career prospects and often leads to offers of permanent employment.

Our students regularly volunteer for community projects and at youth organisations, schools and provide support at events such as the fundraising for the Royal British Legion, Teenage Cancer Trust and Blackpool Street-Life.

The course also features a mandatory field trip.

How will I be assessed?

How will I be assessed?

During the course you will achieve units, 2 mandatory units and 6 other units in the Level 2 Diploma Preparation for Public Services.

You will study the following units in Public Services:

  1. Public Services Skills and Support for the Community (23.5%) Internally assessed 
  2. Employment in the Uniformed Public Services (17%) Internally assessed
  3. Health and Fitness for Entry into the Uniformed Public Services (8.5%) Internally assessed
  4. Driving in the Public Services (8.5%)Internally assessed
  5. Crime and its Effects on Society (8.5%)Internally assessed
  6. Volunteering in Public Services (8.5%)Internally assessed
  7. Expedition and Land Navigation Skills (17%)Internally assessed
  8. Activities and Teamwork for the Public Services (8.5%)Internally assessed

You will receive two assignments per unit of study with clear numbered tasks to complete within each assignment. The assessment methods will be varied in order to meet learner needs and styles, and including;

  • Presentation
  • Project
  • Essay
  • Observation
  • Discussion
  • Audio Interview
  • Video Interview
  • Practical Performance
  • Report