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Public Services


The public sector is the UK’s largest employer and includes central and local government, the armed forces and the emergency services. This course is ideal for students interested in a career in the Public Services, including the Police Force and will give you the opportunity to experience a variety of trips, visits and residentials.


The courses are a mixture of theory and practical units, designed to provide you with a detailed understanding of the Public Services industry. You will develop key generic ‘life’ skills, which would strengthen an application for a variety of roles and careers. Students will also attend residentials where they will participate in a range of outdoor and adventurous activities, such as indoor ski run, kayaking, archery and trips to the Houses of Parliament, as well as working with the community. Previous trips have included Wales and Devon with activities ranging from canoeing, orienteering and white water rafting to abseiling.


Opportunities to continue studies at higher education. Students will also be better prepared for employment in the following areas: Police, Fire and Rescue Services, Ambulance Service, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force or Army. You can also progress onto an Apprenticeship.

Extended Diploma in Public Services

This course is suitable for those interested in a career in the public services or those wishing to study a variety of degrees including Law, Criminology, Politics, or Public Services. The public sector is the UK's largest employer and includes central and local government, the armed forces and the emergency services.

Policing Extended Diploma

The NCFE Level 3 Extended Diploma extends and deepens the specialist work related to Policing. There is potential for the qualification to prepare learners for appropriate direct employment into the Police Apprentice pathway. It is broadly equivalent to three A Levels. The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Policing is designed as a full time, 2-year programme for learners who wish to develop their skills and knowledge of the sector. This qualification also supports learners interested in progressing to further/higher education. 

Public Services Diploma

Working in the uniformed public services can be a very rewarding experience, be it on the front line of the armed forces or helping the public as a Police Community Support Officer. On this course you will learn about the skills and qualities needed to be an effective member of the services and the types of work that you would participate in. The course is mostly academic, however throughout the course you will also complete a number of practical units which will challenge and develop both your fitness and outdoor activity skills.