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Level 3 BTEC Public Services: Gateway to Higher Education

Highlights Include

  • A premium programme for entry to higher education
  • Visits to universities
  • Excellent support with UCAS applications
  • A range of trips and visits
  • A programme of guest speakers and external opportunities provided by the Public Services
  • Dynamic work experience options


Duration: 21 Months Dates: 11/09/2017 - 21/06/2019 Full-Time: MON-FRI, 9:00 - 17:00 Fees: 16 - 18 N/A
19 - 23 £6602.00
24+ £6602.00
Overseas £6602.00
Location: Bletchley Campus

What does this course cover?

Units may include:

  • Leadership and teamwork in the Public Services
  • Citizenship, diversity and the Public Services
  • Government, policies and the Public Services
  • Understanding discipline in the Uniformed Public Services
  • Fitness testing and training for the Uniformed Public Services
  • Physical preparation, health and lifestyle for the Public Services
  • Volunteering in Public Services
  • Employment in the Uniformed Public Services
  • Skills for land-based outdoor and adventurous activities.

Year 2:

  • Outdoor and adventurous expeditions
  • Skills for water-based outdoor and adventurous activities
  • Responding to Emergency Services incidents
  • Custodial care services
  • Crime and its effect on society
  • International institutions and human rights
  • Understanding the impact of war, conflict and terrorism on Public Services
  • Planning and management of major incidents
  • Communication and technology in the Uniformed Public Services.


Who is this course for?

If your goal is to study a Public Service related degree at University and build a successful career in the Public Services such as The Police Force, Ambulance Service, Fire Service, Search and Rescue, Prison Service or Armed Forces then this is the course for you.

What can I do after this course?

After successful completion of this course you can enter employment in a variety of roles in the Public Services or progress onto a range of Higher Education opportunities including the fantastic HND in Public Services offered by Milton Keynes College.

Entry requirements

You must have a minimum of 5 GCSE's at grade A*(9)-C(4) including English and Maths.

Mature candidates will be considered on an individual basis.

Course detail

How much will I have to study each week?

You should be prepared to study for around 25 hours per week. Approximately 16 hours will be taught sessions at college, the rest will be homework and assessments.

You can expect to be in college 4 to 5 days per week and classes will normally be between 9am and 5pm.


Do I need to purchase anything?

You are required to wear a College polo shirt or a plain polo shirt with combat trousers and boots/trainers.

Information on where to buy college polo shirts will be in your induction pack. Plain polo shirts, combat trousers and boots/trainers can be purchased from any sports shops.

How will I be assessed?

Each unit has a variety of assessment methods including student presentation, written assignments, group discussion and practical assessments. All units are assessed and graded and an overall grade for the Diploma is awarded.

How will my progress be monitored?

Your progress is monitored through regular one to one tutorials and monitoring of assessment work. You will have a personal tutor who will support you with your studies.