Preparation for Public Services Diploma Level 2 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

This course is designed for those seriously considering employment within Uniformed Protective Services, such as the Police, Ambulance and Paramedic Services, Royal Navy, Army, Fire Service, Royal Air Force, Prison Service or HM Customs.

Close links with potential employers is an additional feature of the programme as well as participation in various team competitions. The programme is divided into units of study delivered over a one- year period in a trimester format.

To achieve the Diploma, you must successfully complete all units, which may include:

  • Public service skills and support for the community
  • Employment in uniformed public services
  • Health and fitness for entry into the uniformed public services
  • Activities and teamwork for the public services
  • Expedition and land navigation skills
  • Attending emergency incidents in the public services
  • Security procedures in public services.

Assessment Methods

Work experience is an important element of the course, allowing you to sample the full range of employment opportunities in the armed and emergency services. Previous students visited military establishments such as 40 Commando, the polite headquarters at Portishead and Bristol Airport Fire Service. There is also the chance to join the week-long British Army ‘Look at Life’ course to gain valuable experience and a thorough understanding of life in the public services. You will be monitored and assessed throughout the course to ensure you achieve as high a level as possible. Assessment is continuous throughout the course and methods include written work, presentations, evidence logbooks and practical work.

Progression Options

On successful completion, you may progress to the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Uniformed Protective Services, Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching & Development, or another relevant Level 2 or 3 qualification. Alternatively, you may choose to seek employment in a wide range of related occupations or progress to a Level 3 Apprenticeship in a relevant field.

Course Summary

Course Title Preparation for Public Services Diploma Level 2
Entry Requirements

You need five GCSEs in the 9 to 3 range with at least one grade 4, or an appropriate Level 1 qualification, together with high levels of motivation and an interest in public services. Sport and fitness play a large part, as well as a positive attitude and willingness to try. Several public and emergency services organisations require applicants to be clear of certain medical conditions. Therefore, please check the specific role you are interested in before considering this career path.

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One of the things that drew me to study at BTC was the 999 Academy; a unique extra-curricular programme that the College runs in partnership with the emergency services and military. My most memorable academy experience was leading a water rescue with firefighters from Bridgwater Fire Station.

Harry Burrows -Level 3 Extended Diploma in Uniformed Public Services

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