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First Certificate in Public Services - Level 2 - Full-time (North Devon)

Level 2
Course Code:
North Devon Campus
One year

Relevant for those seeking employment within any area of the public services. This is a very broad & interesting course that explores the requirements & skills valued for every aspect of the public services, including the armed forces, emergency services, local authority, central government & the voluntary third sector. The course will help you obtain jobs in the army, police or even teaching.

I never knew just how many jobs there were in the public sector, I just thought it was about the army. I learned so many life skills in my year on the Level 2 course. I loved the Adventurous Activities unit, we went scuba diving, snowboarding and climbing to name just a few activities. - Former student


This study programme aims to prepare you for the wide variety of careers in public services. If you're physically active & eager to learn, this is a really varied qualification that can give you a diverse range of learning experiences.

The programme content includes learning about the employability & life skills, personal qualities & the attitude required to be successful in the public services, as well as how to plan & prepare for a career in one of them. You will learn about the work of the public services locally, nationally & internationally & how important good communication, teamwork & leadership are for ensuring their success. You will develop your own skills in these areas by completing challenging adventurous activities & spend the year working hard to improve your own physical fitness.

What we're looking for from you, is a real interest in public services, a positive attitude, 90%+ attendance & willingness to work hard.
The course consists of 7 units; 2 of these are exam based & the rest are assignments. Your assignments will take a variety of forms: personal presentations, practical participation, reports, videos, role play, leaflets, posters & reports. A grade will be recorded for each of the outcomes & functional skill competences that the assignment has been designed to demonstrate & assess.

The work you submit will be assessed using the Edexcel (BTEC) performance criteria. This shows what knowledge, understanding & skills you have to demonstrate to achieve Pass, Merit or Distinction, which will be awarded for work that exceeds these standards of competence, & provides evidence of added value.

You will be given an appropriate amount of time to complete your assignments, normally at least a week for a major piece of work.
All entrants must hold 4 GCSEs at grade 3 or equivalent or above, to preferably include GCSE Maths and English at grade 3 or above.
Entrants who do not have a GCSE grade 4 in Maths and/or English will continue studying these subjects.
At the end of the year, you are expected to have completed and achieved all the components of your Level 2 Study Programme and improved your Maths and English skills before progressing to your next course.
On successful completion, your options are wide; many students progress on to the Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Public Services.
Our students often enlist into the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Royal Air Force, British Army or one of the emergency services.
Learning will take place in a variety of situations from practical days out to fitness sessions in the gym or leading lectures within the classroom. All lectures are geared towards the completion of assignments and they will be as practical as the BTEC specification allows. We also spend a huge amount of time on practical day trips and organising charity events.
On your first day, you will need to bring physical training kit & a change of clothes, a notebook & pen, as well as a positive mental attitude.
There will be an additional cost of £150, which will cover sports kit, minibuses, adventurous activities, paint balling & day trips to public service organisations such as the army & fire service.
Please contact the Advice & Guidance Centre on 01271 852422 for more information.
Q: Do I have to enter the uniformed public services after completing the course?
A: No, many of our learners from the Level 2 programme go onto one of our Level 3 programmes when completing the course. Few will go directly into public service employment at this stage, but there is a great opportunity to do so, especially if you want to enter one of the forces at entry level.

Q: I'm not sure which public service I am interested in going into, will the course help me to decide this?
A: The course is very varied and aims to give you a taster of a range of different public service opportunities, including Ministry of Defence opportunities (British Army, Royal Navy, Royal Marines, RAF) as well as blue light sector (police, fire, ambulance).

Q: There are some physical fitness elements to this programme, do I have to be fit to join the course?
A: Your level of fitness on entry is not important, however you need to have a positive attitude towards working to improve your own fitness levels in relation to public service entry requirements.