Public Services - Uniformed L3 Extended Diploma

Course code: BT3PS

Public Services mountain hikingWhat will you do on this course?

This two-year course has been designed to prepare you with the skills and knowledge you will need to meet the entry requirements demanded from a number of public service organisations such as: the armed forces; prison services; HMRC; Border Agency; security services; paramedics; Fire Service; rescue services; countryside rangers; the Police and local government. However, this course does not limit you to 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; it provides up to the maximum of 420 UCAS points.

The course consists of 18 units which include elements of law, psychology, team building and leadership, security, fitness and outdoor activities, citizenship and social issues. Your studies will be both theoretical and practical. A high degree of commitment and focus on personal development will be required.


Special features

You will be required to attend and participate in a variety of practical activities, such as orienteering and marine fitness training, and off-campus day trips and residential trips such as Taunton Crown Court. Some activities run by external agencies may exclude students on medical grounds.


How is the course assessed?

The course consists mainly of continual assessment including assignments and practical projects, case studies, teamwork and presentation. However, there is one unit that may be assessed by an external exam. Pearson Exam Board.


University and career progression

Public services students are able to progress to higher education courses such as the Foundation Degree in Managing in the Public Sector Services at Strode College in conjunction with the University of Plymouth, or any other university studying a subject such as Criminology and Forensics. You may prefer to seek employment and enter directly into the public services.

Recent students have gone on to study Primary Education at Birmingham University, Youth Justice at Nottingham Trent University and American Studies at Plymouth University. Others have entered the Army, Navy, RAF Regiment, Airport Security, Fire Service and Nursing.


Entry requirements

5 GCSEs grades A* - C including English Language or equivalent, such as Level 2 Diploma at pass, merit or distinction plus a GCSE A* - C.


Callum PadfieldStudent Profile: Callum Padfield

“I really enjoy the course, which is quite active, and also the trips and activities. It’s really good for developing yourself. The lessons are interesting and everyone at college is friendly.”

Callum, a former pupil of Ansford Academy, studied the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Services (Uniformed) and he took part in mountain biking as an enrichment activity. He is currently working for Tesco where he plans to gain a managerial role.


Sport and Public Services student of the year - Hannah Brown

Studied: Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Services, Triple Distinction*
Home town:
Previous school:
St Dunstan's School
Where now?
Strode College studying Foundation Degree Managing in Public Sector Services

“Hannah consistently performed at the highest level on her course and was an inspiration to other students. Her caring nature and wish to help in the community was at its best when she encouraged other students to sleep rough for a night to raise money for a local homeless charity. She also willingly supported her teachers at open evenings and gave 100% on her course no matter what the activity - always with a genuine smile and a superb sense of humour. Hannah sees the positive in everything. Due to her extremely determined nature obstacles never became barriers: she would always find a solution, never giving up on anything. Hannah stood out because she was so committed. She made a first-rate contribution to the course, college and community.”


Ross ChandlerStudent Profile: Ross Chandler

"Strode's working environment feels fresh, light and new and the teaching is really good with as much support as you need. The sports facilities are really good with plenty of activities to do within the College. There are lots of educational trips too, such as a visit to the emergency control centre at Portishead. I want to become a police officer in the future; this course has prepared me for that and I've got the grades I need. Strode isn't the closest college to me but it's one of the best colleges in the area and has an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted report."

Former school: King Arthur’s Community School
Ross studied the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Uniformed Public Services. He is continuing his studies at Strode on the Foundation Degree in Managing in the Public Sector Services, with his final year at Plymouth University.



Keri JonesStudent Profile: Keri Jones

"I chose this course as I wanted to understand how public services are run as I'm interested in joining the Army or Police. I have gained many skills and I am now a lot more confident. The opportunities on this course are enjoyable and interesting and they help to build key skills needed for a life in the public services."

Keri, a former pupil of Preston School, studied the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Services. She is now studying the Managing in the Public Sector Services Foundation Degree at Strode. 


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