Public Services Diploma level 1 – C0422

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Course Overview

This course is a one-year programme aimed at young people considering a career in the uniformed public services, e.g. the emergency services such as the fire, police and ambulance services, or services such as the Royal Air Force, Army or the Royal Navy. The course will help you decide if this is the right field for you.

If you are aged 16-18, you will be enrolled on a study programme, which will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven’t already achieved a grade 4 or above. You will also be required to complete a work experience placement and an employability programme.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

The course consists of a variety of units designed to enhance personal skills and knowledge. Within this are 12 vocational units, Functional Skills, tutorials and personal and professional development. The vocational units may include: conduct at work; wellbeing and fitness for the public services; a public service group project; public service careers; improving health and fitness for entry into the uniformed public service; personal skills for the public services; practical teamwork in the public service; map reading using ordnance survey maps; planning and participating in an event; introduction to expedition skills; and working as a volunteer.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry to this course requires one reference. It is desirable that you can demonstrate 90% attendance. A GCSE in both English and maths at grade 1/2 (E/F/G) or above is required, or ESOL entry 3.

Consideration will be given to all applicants over the age of 19 who do not hold formal English and maths qualifications.

How you will be assessed

All units are assessed through ongoing coursework. This could be by written essay, presentation, verbal interview or practical assessment.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees (16-18): £0.00

Tuition Fees (19+): £1200.00

Additional Costs

The cost of the uniform is approximately £140. Please note this could be subject change.

Material Fees



If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

For more information, please see our course fee disclaimers page.

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Course and Career progression

After completion of the courses you can progress on to further vocational courses such as the level 2 BTEC First Diploma in Uniformed Public Services or another subject. It will also develop skills to enable you to apply for any of the public services, or to transfer skills learnt into any other type of career.

What Happens Next

Apply online via the College website, or if your school uses the Positive Steps @16 (PS16) application system please apply through this and speak to your careers advisor if you are unsure. You will need details of your qualifications and employment history, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a Welcome Event at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you. 

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