Uniformed Public Services Extended Diploma Level 3 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

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This advanced level programme has been specifically designed as interactive preparation for those interested in pursuing a career within a public or emergency service, such as the Police, Ambulance and Paramedic Services, Royal Navy, Fire Service, Royal Air Force, Prison Service or HM Customs. This programme also works closely with our 999 Academy. This gives you the opportunity to work alongside a range of emergency services in the South West of England and gain vital work experience skills.

Units may include:

  • Government, policies and the public services
  • Understand the impact of war, conflict and terrorism on public services
  • Outdoor and adventurous expeditions
  • Responding to emergency service incidents
  • Practical team sports
  • Crime and its effects

Work experience allows you to sample the full range of employment opportunities in the armed and emergency services. Previous students have visited military establishments like 40 Cdo and the Police Headquarters at Portishead and Exeter Prison. There is also the change to join the week long British Army ‘Look of Life’ course to gain valuable experience and a thorough understanding of life in the public services.

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods employed within the academic units include individual research, group work, project work, presentations, visual displays and written papers. Each unit carries at least two assignments. Successful assessments will be graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Progression Options

This course is recognised as an entry-level qualification by a wide range of potential employers. The variety of subject areas within the programme provides a qualification that may be applied in a multitude of employment, both in and outside of the public services sector.

Alternatively, on successful completion of the course you may choose to progress to a Foundation Degree in Public Service with Criminology, which is offered at University Centre Somerset in Taunton, or study a higher education course at an alternative university.

Course Summary

Course Title Uniformed Public Services Extended Diploma Level 3
Entry Requirements

You need five GCSEs in the A* to C or 9 to 4 range, including English or
Maths. High levels of motivation and a good standard of physical fitness would
be beneficial. If progressing from a Level 2 Diploma, an overall Merit grade is
a minimum requirement.

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I found the entire experience of studying my Level 2 course really rewarding, that I decided to further my knowledge by completing a Level 3 course. I’m continually learning new skills and it’s really helping my professional development in the workplace.

Amanda, ILM Leadership & Management Level 3

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