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Diploma-Extended Diploma in Public Services (Uniformed) - Level 3 - Full-time (North Devon)

Level 3 Vocational
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North Devon Campus
Two years

Studying Level 3 Public Services leads to a qualification with real value and great potential. You will be given the opportunity to improve fitness levels whilst studying topics such as Government Policies, Leadership & Teamwork, Crime and its effects, and Current Affairs. Studying at Level 3 develops independent thinking, critical analysis and research skills.

The modules on this course are varied and challenging, incorporating links to blue light and military services. This course also offers a huge number of opportunities to meet guest speakers and visit real life working environments in public services.


During your time on the course you will gain an understanding the political system in the UK and how this impacts on international relations. This is used to discuss emergency planning in relation to terrorism, political unrest and natural disasters. Students will develop their own teamwork and leadership styles by engaging in activities and working with other groups. The modules incorporate most uniformed services where possible and inter-agency working is high on the agenda. Examples of modules include:

- Leadership and teamwork in the Public Services
- Government policies and the Public Services
- Citizenship, diversity and the Public Services
- Responding to emergency services incidents
- Crime and its effects on society
- Command and control in the uniformed Public Services
- Physical preparation, health and lifestyle for the uniformed Public Services

Students are expected to complete essays, reports and more creative assessments such as poster displays and leaflets. Therefore the willingness and ability to write to a good standard is a basic requirement.

Practical elements include physical fitness, sport and outdoor adventure (land and water based). These include practical assessments of fitness and the ability to participate in climbing, map reading, kayaking and canoeing.

We are looking for recruits with a positive attitude, adaptable personality and a real interest in the public services.

Upon completion of the Extended Diploma, students will leave with the equivalent of three A-levels. The study programme focuses on the knowledge, understanding and practical skills that lead to Higher Education or further training in the public services sector.
The assessment for the course is by assignment, this can involve case studies, video, interviews, posters, presentations and the production of written work. Some assignments will be physical fitness tests which are a compulsory area of the programme in each of the two years. Students need to be able to complete fitness assessments and participate in fitness development programmes.

All units are assessed and graded and an overall grade for the diploma is awarded as a Pass, Merit or Distinction.

You can expect to complete around 30 assignments per year.
Five GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above

We will also accept applicants who hold a Merit or above in a relevant Level 2 Diploma and have grade 4 (or above) in English and Maths GCSE.
All applicants are expected to have a minimum of a grade 4 in English GCSE.
The skills you learn, both technical and practical, will be relevant to various areas of the public service sector and will prepare you for both Higher Education and the world of work. Many students go on to university to study policing, criminology, law and paramedic science. Possible career paths include the Police Force, Fire Service, Ambulance Service, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), HM Prison Service (HMPS), British Armed Forces and Rescue Services.

Completing a Level 3 qualification can lead to Officer entry at aged 18.
The college has the use of an indoor climbing wall, sports hall, fitness suite, sports fields and local outdoor resources. Guest speakers and external visits to a range of uniformed public service providers are integrated into the programme.
Successful applicants will receive a letter prior to starting the course which will identify requirements.
There will an additional cost element for trips and offsite activities, this will be discussed at interview.
Please contact the Advice & Guidance Centre on 01271 852422 for more information.
Q: Do I need to be fit to start the course?
A: No, but you do need to be prepared to develop your fitness towards your career goals and participate in practical sport and fitness activities towards completion of course content, which will be assessed.

Q: Do I have to join the uniformed services on completion?
A: You will have the opportunity to develop personal skills and competencies that will be considered desirable by any employer, especially the uniformed public services; however, students should note that they will still have to meet the standards and requirements of the individual organisations.

Q: Will I be working at weekends?
A: No, your lectures will take place between Monday and Friday, however residential opportunities may extend across weekends, on occasion.

Q: How many days a week do I need to attend college?
A: The course programme will be determined at the start of the academic year and is subject to change dependent on course needs.

Q: How much time will I spend in the classroom?
A: The course is a Level 3 programme, and as such, there is a strong academic element to the course. Approximately 80% of the time will be spent in a classroom or similar, and 20% will be undertaking sports or outdoor adventure. There will also be a number of offsite events and activities which will replace classroom time.

Q: Do I need any specialised kit?
A: Yes, you will need indoor and outdoor sports kit. Specialised kit such as helmets and harnesses will be provided by Petroc.

Q: Will I get to go on a residential?
A: When possible, the course includes a residential. There is also the opportunity to participate in an annual sailing trip with the Rona Sailing Project and we currently have funding for a small group of students to take part in a work based ski trip.