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Entry to the Uniformed Services - Fast Track to Degree


Careers in uniformed services largely involve serving and protecting the public. Whether it's as a police officer, firefighter, paramedic or soldier, you will have the opportunity to make a positive impact on people's lives and ensure public safety.

Throughout the course, you will be trained and equipped with essential skills in critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork and leadership. Whilst the course is aimed at individuals who want to enter uniformed services as a career, these skills are highly transferable so even if you ultimately decide to pursue other employment opportunities they would prove valuable no matter what you do next.

Public Services programmes at Blackpool and The Fylde College are exciting, practical and rewarding courses delivered by tutors who are experts in their field. These experts can provide you with all the support and guidance you need to get qualified and find suitable employment or to progress onto higher level courses, such as our HNC in Military Leadership.

Next course dates

Start date Location Duration
21 Jan 2025
Bispham Campus
12 Weeks

Where can this subject lead?

Career progression

Successful completion of this course will give you the option to progress onto our Level 4 HNC in Military Leadership.

Qualifications in Public Services offer opportunities for career progression and leadership roles. As you gain experience and demonstrate your capabilities, you may have the chance to take on managerial or executive positions, leading teams or entire departments.

Being in a leadership position can be challenging but also rewarding, as you have the ability to shape policies and make significant decisions to have a positive impact on the public.

Key information

Entry Requirements

This course is for adults aged 19+ with at least five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (previously grades A*-C), including English or Maths, or equivalent qualifications.

We also welcome applications from those with relevant work/voluntary experience in place of the above qualifications, in which case a pre-course assessment may be required.

Qualification obtained

Introductory Certificate for Entry to the Uniformed Services

Extra costs and equipment

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

Terms and conditions

Please read our full terms and conditions.

What will I learn?

Industry placement, field trips and guest speakers

There is no formal requirement to complete Industry Placement hours although we will actively encourage and support you to take part in voluntary work throughout you course as volunteering is a key way to boost your employment prospects and progression to a higher education course.

How will I be assessed?

How will I be assessed?

During the course you will study one mandatory module and two modules that have been specifically chosen by Blackpool and The Fylde College to provide you with the skills you need in today's competitive job market.

You will study the following modules:

  • Prepare for a career in a chosen uniformed service (33.3%)
  • Develop leadership skills (33.3%)
  • Understand the impact of war and conflict on uniformed services (33.3%)

This qualification is achieved by completing 100% internally-assessed modules, there are no external examinations. Assessment methods include reports, presentations and projects.