Course Code: TS1FE67 Uniformed Protective Services - Level 3 Next course dates Start dateLocationDuration 04 Sep 2023 Bispham Campus 2 Years Apply now 03 Sep 2024 Bispham Campus 2 Years Apply now Overview Is this course for me? What will I learn? How will I be assessed? Key information Where could this course take me? Course SummaryUniformed Protective Services at Blackpool and the Fylde College is an exciting and active course that will prepare you for the nature and pressure of protective 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 protective 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 Uniformed Protective Services including leadership, teamwork, communication, decision-making and discipline. 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 area which you must complete successfully to gain your qualification: Maths and English programme at the appropriate level 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 expert Entry Requirements4 GCSEs grade 4 or above (not necessarily including English and/or maths) or Level 2 relevant qualification. a successful interview with a tutor the ability to study independently a genuine interest in the subject 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 ObtainedDiploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services Industry Placement and Field TripsThis 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. Learning and Teaching MethodsAt Blackpool and The Fylde College we recognise that all students learn differently and for some it may be a return to the classroom following a break from formal learning. Our expert tutors understand that everyone learns in different ways so they use a range of teaching methods to enable everyone to achieve their potential. A key method used is demonstration, which allows you to observe the practical application of skills before having a go yourself. The course combines group work, practical sessions and dedicated self-study periods. This needs to be supported by your own study outside of College, using online development platforms such as Moodle, our virtual learning environment. E-learning is a key element of all our courses and we also use a range of online apps to support, enhance and motivate learning. Your tutors will support you with these technologies and also in preparing for examinations. The main programme totals 540 learning hours a year, which equates to around 16 timetabled hours a week. This will include up to 4hrs a week developing your maths and English skills depending on the level you are already at. A further 1.5 hours a week is needed for progress meetings to ensure you're on track to achieve your learning goals. Expert Tutors 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 technical and industrial experience and professional practice. Assessment MethodsDuring the course you will achieve units, 5 mandatory units and 2 other units in Uniformed Protective Services. You will also study the following units in Protective Services: 1. Behaviour and Discipline in the Uniformed Protective Services (16.66%) Externally assessed examination 2. Physical Preparation, Health and Wellbeing (12.5%) Internal assessment 3. Teamwork, Leadership and Communication in the Uniformed Protective Services (16.66%) Internal assessment 4. Government and the Protective Services (12.5%) Externally assessed examination 5. Citizenship and Diversity (16.66%) Externally assessed assignment 6. Planning and Responding to Emergency Incidents (16.66%) Internal assessment 7. Introduction to Criminology (8.33%) Internal assessment The Uniformed Protective Services element of the course is achieved by completing internally-assessed units and external based assessments and examinations. Other Costs and Equipment NeededAll 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 Students who are 18 or under pay no course fees. Read our tuition fees guide for students 19 and over. Regulation and Accreditation Accrediting Institution: N/A Awarding Body: Pearson Regulatory Body: Ofsted Terms and Conditions Read our full terms and conditions for more information. Career Options and ProgressionFollowing the completion of the programme, you could progress on to a Higher Education course at College or university, e.g. Public Services and Professional Policing Degree at B&FC or explore the possibility of doing a Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4). Following further study you could work as a: Paramedic, earning up to £37,000 per year Police Officer, earning up to £41,000 per year Probation Officer, earning up to £40,000 per year Firefighter, earning up to £41,000 per year Army Infantry Corporal, earning up to £31,869 We enjoy excellent relationships with employers such as the Army, RAF, Fire & Rescue Service and the Police Service. Many of our students progress directly to the services after completing their studies. For those students wanting to progress to Higher Education, the programme provides a maximum 112 UCAS points and along with the relevant work/voluntary experience and successful interview this can lead to an appropriate course at the next level. 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.