BTEC Extended Diploma in Public Services

BTEC Extended Diploma, equivalent to 3 A-Levels.

Why should I study this subject?

The Public services course offers a diverse range of learning inside and outside of the classroom. students can expect to be involved in various trips including a week long army residential, and numerous volunteering opportunities such as riot training and passive sniffer dog training with the local police force.

What will I study?

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public services is currently under redevelopment. Please see below some of the proposed units:

Units at year 12 include;

• Government and the Protective Services
• Citizenship and Diversity
• Behaviour and Discipline
• Current affairs in a Global Context
• Physical Preparation, Health and Wellbeing
• Teamwork, Leadership and Communication
• Planning and Responding to Emergency Incidents

Units at year 13 include;

• Unit 8: Custodial Care
• Unit 9: sociological Perspectives
• Unit 10: Skills for Outdoor activities and the Protective Services
• Unit 11: Expedition skills
• Unit 12: Fitness Training
• Unit 13: Introduction to Criminology


4 out of the 13 units that you undertake will be externally assessed. One of these units will be a 1.5 – 2 hour exam and the other three will take the form of controlled assessments.








What are the entry requirements?

Click here to see the subject specific entry requirements

What skills do I need?

Good punctuality and attendance, discipline, organisation, ability to meet deadlines, effective leadership skills, ability to work in a team and independently, forward planning, literacy and ICT skills.

How will I be taught?

Both in a classroom setting and in a practical environment, to gain ‘hands on’ experience of the Public Services practices.

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed through a combination od coursework and exam.

What will the course prepare me for?

On completion of this course you could apply for a career in any of the Public Services, including the Police Service, Ambulance Service, Fire and Rescue Service, Royal Navy, RAF, Army, Customs and Excise or the Prison Service. Your Edexcel Extended Diploma, with a majority of units at Merit or Distinction level, could qualify you for officer entry. You can progress onto Higher Education after completing this course.

How much private study should I expect to do?

A minimum of 2 hours per week.

What materials will I need to purchase?

The compulsory kit package.

What is the exam board?


This subject is for you if…
you are looking for a career in the Public Services, you enjoy learning in a practical setting, and you are disciplined and can meet assignment deadlines.

This subject is not for you if…
you prefer to sit exams, you are not interested in pursuing a career in the Public Services, and you do not enjoy trips, visits and excursions off site.

‘Public Services is a brilliant course that is filled with exciting and challenging activities.’
Jamie Smith, Airedale Academy

‘Public Services is a highly enjoyable course which helps to further your knowledge and involves you in activities that help to think about your future career.’
Gabriella Lindsay, De lacy Academy