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Entry Requirements

You will need 3 GCSEs at Grade D

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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 2 Public Services (Uniformed or Non-Uniformed) course is an introduction to the Public Services sector. The course will introduce you to the different employment opportunities there are within the Public Services and the type of work they do. You will develop and build the skills required for an entry role in Public Services.

Our Public Services tutors have between them over 40 years of experience and are well equipped to enhance your confidence, teamwork, discipline and communication skills.

You will take part in practical sessions (both fitness and sport), enjoy guest speakers from the Public services sector and go on residentials.

From this Level 2 course you can progress directly into the Military or stay within College and progress to Level 3 courses.

What will I study?

During this one year full-time study programme, students will study a wide range of subjects related to the Public Services sector and will be provided with the fundamental skills that are required for working in this disciplined environment. Students will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills both in the classroom and outdoors.

You will study:

  • The role and work of the Public Services
  • Citizenship
  • Crime and its effect
  • Employment
  • Health and fitness
  • Land navigation
  • Preparing to respond
  • Sport and recreation

You will take part in weekly fitness and practical sessions.

Entry Requirements

You will need 3 GCSEs at Grade 3.

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 in these subjects as part of your Study Programme.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through written assignments and practical observations. There will also be one eternal assessment (exam).

What can I do next?

You may want to get started on your career within the Army, Royal Navy, Royal Airforce, Security or a Prison Officer. You could use this qualification as a stepping stone to:

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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