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

Course Overview

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 to give 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:

  • Citizenship and diversity
  • Behaviour and discipline in the uniformed protective services
  • Physical preparation, health & wellbeing
  • Teamwork, leadership and communication in the uniformed protective services
  • Skills for outdoor adventurous activities in the uniformed protective services
  • Introduction to criminology
  • Planning and responding to emergency incidents
  • Expedition skills

Work experience is built into the course and allows you to sample the full range of employment opportunities in the armed and emergency services. Previous students have visited military establishments like 40 Commando, the police headquarters at Portishead and Exeter Prison. 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.

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods within the academic units include two externally set exams taken over the two years. You are also judged through internal/synoptic assessments in the form of written assignments, presentations, practical assessments and topical case studies. Successful assessments will be graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Progression Options

This course reflects the shift towards increased graduate employment in the sector, for example in the police services. The variety of subject areas within the programme provides a qualification that can be applied in a multitude of employment, both in and outside of the protective services sector.

Alternatively, on successful completion 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 Protective Services Extended Diploma Level 3
Entry Requirements

You need five GCSEs in the 9 to 4 range, including English and/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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Spotlight

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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