Public Services L3 Extended Diploma
|SC111||Strode College, Church Road, Street, Somerset, BA16 0AB||Year 1 of 2 Years||02 Sep 13||1651.00|
Course code: BT3PS
What will you do on this course?
This is a two-year full time course that has been designed to prepare you with the skills and knowledge needed to meet the entry requirements demanded from a number of public service organisations such as: The Armed Forces; Prison Services; Customs and Excise; Security Services; Paramedics; Fire Service; Rescue Services; Countryside Rangers; Police and Local Government. However this course does not limit you to just the public services, it provides an excellent grounding for those wishing to work in any management or supervisory position or those wishing to go onto university providing up to the maximum of 420 UCAS points.
This course consists of 18 units which include elements of Law, Psychology, Team building and Leadership, Fitness and Outdoor Activities, Citizenship and Social issues. Your studies will be both theoretical and practical in style. A high degree of commitment and focus on personal development will be required throughout the course.
Continual assessment including assignments and practical projects, case studies, teamwork and presentations forms the majority of the assessment however there is one unit that will be assessed by an external exam.
You will be required to attend and participate in a variety of practical activities, off-campus day trips and residential visits. Some activities run by external agencies may exclude students on medical grounds.
Public Services students are able to progress to Higher Education courses, such as the Foundation Degree in Public Services at Strode College in conjunction with the University of Plymouth, or any other university studying a subject of your choice.
A number of students continue to access courses in Higher Education studying subjects such as Criminology and Forensics, while others apply for direct entry into the Public Services.
Recent student destinations include: Aaron Hendry - Royal Marines; Danni Love - working at Bristol Airport in Security; Ross Durbridge - Air Traffic Control at Exeter Airport; Adam Calcott - Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst; Stefan Hewlett - Army; Jake Beardmore - Ski Instructor; Sarah Raheem - studying Nursing at Bournemouth University; Blythe Gordon - studying Speech Therapy.
5 GCSEs grades A* - C including English or equivalent, such as Level 2 Diploma at pass, merit or distinction plus a GCSE A* - C.
The course style and assessment criteria necessitates visits/residentials, which, with the purchase of special items/clothing may incur costs of approximately £120 per year.