Rhys Cook


Why did you choose to come to Petroc?
I came from Bideford College which has a Sixth Form and unfortunately there is no A Level there which would help me get into the Police Force. My brother studied this course and told me to apply as it has everything I need to know for further studies into the Police.

What made you pick this particular course?
Public services has many different topics within its course including criminology, police powers etc. It covers a range of topics which I will use in the future and I found the lecturer very welcoming when I met her.

What have been the highlights so far?
The best highlight was going to France skiing with people on my course. It wasn’t too expensive and was the opportunity of a lifetime.

What do you most enjoy about studying at Petroc?
I enjoy the range of facilities that Petroc has to offer. The Gym, Sports Hall, fields and multiple places to get food and drink to keep you fuelled for lessons,

Did you undertake any work experience throughout your studies?
We went to France skiing for two weeks and gaining work experience in a chalet/hotel. The experience was brilliant! It has definitely helped me to look at my future because I experienced a completely different culture that I hadn’t experienced before.

What do you plan to do when you leave Petroc?
I plan to apply to the Police Apprenticeship and then join the Police Force and work my way up to become a dog handler.

What’s the long-term plan?
I do not want to go to university, although this is a choice some people may pick. I’d like to get myself into the UK Police Force and work my way through the ranks.

Any advice for someone thinking of choosing the same course as you?
If you would like to join the Military or any of the Public Services then go for it! Be confident and just be yourself. This course will challenge you in ways you haven’t been challenged before, by the end of it you’ll finish feeling like a brand new person. It’ll improve your communication skills, teamwork, leadership and more. At the start it may feel intimidating but that’s ok, I didn’t speak for months and now at the end of the two years our year is one big friendship group. Overall, it is an amazing course with welcoming and friendly teachers and I’d recommend it. Be the best version of yourself!


Level 3 Uniformed Services

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“The best highlight was going to France skiing with people on my course. It wasn’t too expensive and was the opportunity of a lifetime.”