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Uniformed Protective Services - Level 3


Uniformed 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

Next course dates

Start date Location Duration
02 Sep 2024
Bispham Campus
2 Years

Where can this subject lead?

Career progression

Following 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.

Key information

Entry Requirements

4 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 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

Students who are 18 or under pay no course fees. Read our tuition fees guide for students 19 and over.

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, 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.