Public Services

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Available to study at:
Extended Certificate
Extended Diploma

Subject Intent: Why Public Services?
Public Services provides students with a wealth of knowledge to achieve many desired progression routes both in the services or onwards to higher education. The course is delivered in a way that helps promote transferable skills and appropriately prepares students for academic progression or a route straight into employment, whilst also focusing on wellbeing and highlighting the importance of exercise and factors that can impact the body.

Why should I study this subject?
We offer different size qualifications on the Uniformed Protective Services course from the Extended Certificate (1 A-Level equivalent) to the Extended Diploma (3 A-Level equivalent). The course is an introduction to the protective services sector and predominantly focuses on agencies such as the police, fire service, armed services and prison service. This pathway is ideal for supporting learners who want to progress to higher education courses relating to the sector, before entering employment. The course is diverse, exciting and challenging and gives learners the opportunity to not only study inside the classroom but to also take part in fitness focused units and various offsite activities.

What will I study?
Each course is made up of various units comprised of both internally assessed coursework and one or more externally assessed exam. The content delivered on the course is varied and may include some of the below units.
• Behaviour and discipline in the Uniformed Protective Services
• Teamwork, leadership and communication in the Uniformed Protective Services
• Physical preparation, health and wellbeing
• Skills for outdoor activities and the Uniformed Protective Services
• Introduction to criminology

What are the entry requirements?
Please check this subject table for full details of our entry requirements.

“I have enjoyed studying this course this year because some of the topics we have done have interested me and I can see how it would link into the job I am thinking about doing after college. The topics have come with trips that I have enjoyed going on, for example riot training.”
Molly Fisher – St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School

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