Public Services L3 Extended Diploma

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.


Course assessment

The course consists mainly of continual assessment including assignments and practical projects, case studies, teamwork and presentations forms the majority of the assessment however there is one unit that may be assessed by an external exam. EDEXCEL Exam Board.


Special features

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.


Next step

Public services students are able to progress to Higher Education courses such as the Foundation Degree in Public Sector Services at Strode College in conjunction with the University of Plymouth or any other university studying a subject of your choice.


Student destinations

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: International Relations at University of Exeter; Business Management at University of London; Criminology and Forensics at University of Portsmouth and retained Firefighter for Devon and Somerset Fire Service.


Entry requirements

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

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.”


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. 


Jacob CzernyStudent Profile: Jacob Czerny

"I chose this course because I wanted to become a Police Officer. I didn’t get the grades at school to go straight to Level 3, so I did the Level 2 first. This course had given me a great insight into the Police Force."

Jacob, a former pupil of The Blue School, previously studied the Level 2 Diploma in Public Services and then the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Services. He also participated in the Climbing Club. Jacob plans to join the Police Force Specials.


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