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Public Services & Outdoor Adventure Vocational Courses

Exciting and challenging courses for a range of diverse careers.

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Industry leading courses

Our Public Services and Outdoor Adventure courses are both exciting and challenging, and are a perfect platform for you to further explore your passions and hobbies. So, if you enjoy supporting and working with others, and are keen to explore career routes from within one of these diverse areas, then one of these courses could be perfect for you.

Our passionate and inspirational lecturers will provide you with hands-on experience, alongside supporting theoretical knowledge. We regularly use North Devon’s natural playground as our teaching space where you will have the opportunity to develop your practical learning together with teamwork and leadership skills. 

You may also wish to join the 999 Academy, where you will engage in social action projects, gain an insight into the emergency services and develop your life skills.

Students who study on these courses progress onto a huge variety of careers from criminology to activity instructor, as well as jobs in the armed forces and blue light services.


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One of the things that I enjoyed the most about my studies was the different opportunities that were given to me which pushed me and enabled me to progress.


Public Services, Level 3

Workers were employed by the 43 territorial police forces in England and Wales in 2020


(Gov UK)

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The average annual salary for a Police Officer



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The average annual salary for an Activity Instructor



Why Petroc should be your first choice

Petroc offers high quality education and training across North and Mid Devon. We provide outstanding learning, excellent facilities, strong connections to employers and a supportive environment to help you fulfil your education goals and set you on your path to the career of your dreams.

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We offer a supportive and inclusive environment where you can flourish and feel a valued member of the college and wider community. 


Our teaching spaces and facilities are some of the best in the region, providing stimulating and true-to-life learning environments. 


We’ll provide you with the experiences you need to be ready for employment or the next step on your educational journey.