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Entry Requirements

You will need 3 GCSEs at Grade E

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Full time

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1 academic year

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Key features and Benefits

  • Enjoy exciting trips ranging from visits to RAF Liverpool, Somme Barracks and Outward Bound residential trip to Aberdovey
  • Learn directly from experienced tutors who have considerable experience in the services
  • Take part in work placements with the RAF, Royal Navy or the British Army
  • Guest speakers from uniformed services such as the Territorial Army, Royal Navy, Lancashire Police and Lancashire Fire & Rescue

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This Level 1 Public Service course is suitable for anyone who is considering a career in the Public Services. You will benefit from practical sessions and learn the fundamental skills required for anyone working in this disciplined environment.

This Level 1 course will prepare you for a career in Public Services, giving you the confidence, key skills and insights into the Services Sector.

The course provides you with the ability to contribute to the local community and develop your organisational skills. You will get to experience a behind the scenes view of the Fire Service, plus an understanding of the skills required to join the Police and how to maintain your fitness.

What will I study?

This course involves successfully completing a range of units which include:

  • Fitness testing
  • Develop the organisational skills required to join the Public Services
  • Develop the employment skills required to join the Public Services
  • Contributing / volunteering within your local community
  • Experience trips to Fire Station
  • Safe drive / Stay alive driving programme
  • Maths & English*

*If you have not achieved a Grade 4 or above in your Maths and English language GCSEs you will be required to work towards a GCSE Grade 4 as part of your Study Programme.

Entry Requirements

You will need 3 GCSEs at Grade E.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be by successfully completing written assignments and participation in classroom based activities and outdoor activities.

What can I do next?

You could use this qualification as a stepping stone to the below course providing you have completed all the required units and receive a good tutor reference:

Your Study Programme

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Career Options

Police Officer

Police officers work with communities and the public to maintain law and order. They investigate crime, gather evidence and bring offenders to court. They also work on initiatives to raise awareness and prevent crime from happening in the first place.

If you want a varied and challenging job and like the idea of helping to make communities safer, this could be the ideal career for you.

Police officer recruitment is handled by individual police services, and their requirements can vary. In general you will need to have lived in the UK for three years, be over 18 and pass enhanced background and security checks.

Army Officer

As an army officer you’re in charge of a team of soldiers. You’ll be using your skills to direct them and get the job done. If you want a challenging job and have leadership potential, there could a career for you in the army.

On combat operations you’ll be using your leadership and motivational skills to guide your soldiers and complete missions. You’ll also need to have great teamworking skills and be able to make quick decisions about what action your soldiers should take.

To become an army officer, you must be aged between 18 and 26 (some exceptions apply). You will also need to meet the army’s eligibility criteria. Many officers have a degree and your personal qualities will be highly valued.


If you're passionate about public safety and want to help save lives, this job could be ideal for you. Firefighters protect and save people and property from fire and other dangers. They provide emergency support. They also provide education and advice on fire prevention.

You must be at least 18 years old to become a firefighter. You will need a good standard of education and a reasonable level of physical fitness.

A firefighter has the ability to react quickly and remain calm in dangerous situations.

Prison Officer

If you can create good working relationships with all kinds of different people, and have a firm but fair approach, this job might suit you.

As a prison officer, you would supervise inmates in prisons, remand centres and young offenders' institutions.

In this job you will need patience and a commitment to helping people. You will need to be able to stay calm in pressurised situations and make quick decisions. You will also need to have the ability to act with authority with prisoners who are abusive and possibly violent.

To become a prison officer, you will need to get through initial selection tests, then attend an assessment day, designed to examine your personal qualities and character.

Army Soldier

As a British Army soldier you could be fighting in combat zones or providing peacekeeping and humanitarian services around the world. If you are looking for a challenging and active job, this could be ideal for you.

You will need to have self-discipline and confidence. You will also need to work as part of a team and be able to think and react quickly in changing situations.

To join the army, you must be aged between 16 and 33. You will need to meet the army’s eligibility criteria.

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