Public Services


Public Services

A career in Public Services relates to anything from the Police Force, the Armed Forces, the Emergency Services, and the Prison Service. People in this industry have the important responsibility of keeping us safe, being the first to react to criminal activity and emergencies, and keep order in society. A successful career in the services requires outstanding dedication, discipline and communication skills, but is incredibly rewarding.

Course Information

  • Levels available 1 / 2 / 3
  • Start Date 02/09/2019
  • Course Ref PUBLIC
  • Location Bletchley Campus
  • Fees £ FREE for 16-18
    19+ Please see below

If you are over 19+ then please contact us for more information

What will I do?

Please Note: Due to overwhelming demand we are no longer accepting applications for Public Services. Please see here for courses available. 

Upon entry to a Uniformed Public Services Course at Milton Keynes College, you will gain direct exposure and insight into a number of the Uniformed Public Services on a local and national scale. You will have the option to spend some time with Thames Valley Police, where you will be able to gain a unique insight into a number of specialist roles.

You could spend a day with the Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, where the Leading Watch Commander whom after calling you to attention during roll call will prepare you to climb ladders, manoeuvre small dark spaces and inflict parts of the real Fire Service Entry requirement tests upon you. If becoming a Paramedic is more of your thing, then you might choose to attend an interactive day at the South Central Ambulance Service Education Centre, where you will work alongside trained Paramedics as they prepare you to work in the Call Room and respond to Road traffic collisions, dignity cases and accidents resulting from addiction and crime. If you have aspirations of joining the Army, you might attend a four day residential which exposes you to life as a Trainee Solider; or if the Prison Service is more appealing we will put you in touch with Local Prison Officers from HMP Woodhill who will visit you in College and talk to you about the variety of roles that the Prison service offers.

Staff at Milton Keynes College in the Department of Active Industries have worked really hard to secure some really positive working relationships with local Uniformed Public Services and we are really grateful for the opportunities that they provide our learners with. Come and be part of the journey and see if the Public Services are where you want to be.

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What's next?

This course will prepare you for selection for entry into a range of different services within the sector. You will understand the application process and know what will be required of you, to give you the best possible chance to get to where you want to be. You could also continue your studies with a university-level qualification here at Milton Keynes College. Your tutors will guide you through application processes, offering support where needed.

Is it for me?

If you’ve always had a desire to join any of the public services, this is an ideal place to kick off your career. You must have a tough character, and not be afraid to take on new and sometimes intimidating tasks. Leadership and team-work skills are essential, as you will often depend on your colleagues on the job. You must be able to follow instructions precisely, be respectful and act professional at all times.

This course is entitled ‘Preparing for Progression in Active Industries’ and will allow students to develop basic transferable skills to prepare them for the next steps within the college. This course is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in Sport or Public Services. Students will be required to participate in both theory and practical lessons throughout the college week and be encouraged to develop their skills by participating in college extra-curricular activities. Some of the current students have aspirations of becoming a Personal Trainer, a Sports coach or even a Senior Officer in the Police. If a career in an active industry is for you, then why not come and start your journey in Active Industries on this course?

When studying this course, two qualifications will be completed; Level 1 in Uniformed Services and Level 1 in Exercise Studies. Students will complete the following units during a one-year course;

Level 1 Award in Exercise Studies
– Understand the Principles of Exercise
– Apply the Principles of Exercise
– Demonstrate an Understanding of safety factors relating to exercise

Level 1 Award in Uniformed Services
– Team Working Skills
– Health and Safety
– Developing Self-Discipline
– Participating in Competitive Sports
– Volunteering
– Employment
– Well-Being and Physical Fitness

Entry Requirements
You require 4 GCSEs at grade E/2 or above.

16-18: N/A
19+: £2000
Overseas: £4000

Funding support may be available on this course, click here to find out more.

During the duration of this course students will learn about various different aspects relating to the Public Services. Learners will get the opportunity to deal with people who have worked within the Services. Although there are practical elements to this course Learners should be aware that it is 80% theory and 20% practical. The subjects that are currently be covered are Employment, Physical Fitness, Developing Teamwork, Health and Safety, Health and Hygiene, Equality and Diversity, Following Service Routine, Adventurous Activities and Telecommunications. These are all coursework based in the form of booklets.
Learners will participate in activities held at Caldecotte Lake for approx. 3 hours per week undertaking kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing and archery.

Entry Requirements
You require 4 GCSEs at grade D/3 or above including English and Maths.

16-18: N/A
19+: £2000
Overseas: £4000
Funding support may be available on this course, click here to find out more.

The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Uniformed Public Services is a two year course, equivalent to three A Levels. If you are interested in applying to University or going onto an apprenticeship, then this is the course for you.
This course will enhance your understanding of the work of the Uniformed Public Services and will develop in you core skills in communication, teamwork, leadership and discipline essential for the workplace. You will also spend three hours per week at the Caldecotte Experience in year one, where you will complete abseiling, rock climbing and other adrenaline fuelled activities, although the camping expedition is rumoured to be the highlight of the year in year two.

The Public Services department works closely with local authorities and programmes, including the Young Ambulance Citizens Programme, South Central Ambulance Service, Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue. You will also have the option to spend time with Thames Valley Police, where you will be able to gain a unique insight into a number of specialist roles.

Entry Requirements
You require four GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including Maths and English.

16-18: N/A
19+: £6602
Advanced Learner Loan: £6602
Overseas: £6602
Funding support may be available on this course, click here to find out more.


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