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Public Services

Level 3 NCFE Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services

Full Time

Course Overview

This one-year advanced level course will give you a thorough grounding in all areas required for entry into the uniformed services, progressing to the second year of the course. You will learn about a wide range of public services, which will give you a broad overview of the different careers available in the public services. The course is a 50/50 mix of theory based units and practical elements looking at a range of services such as the Police, Army, Prison Service, RAF and Fire Service. The units covered in the Diploma are wide ranging such as Prepare for a career in a uniformed service, Crime Scene Investigation, Leadership Skills and Map Reading.

Course Content

The 90 credit covers a wide range of subjects including:
Unit 1 Prepare for a career in a chosen UPS
Unit 2 Developing Physical Fitness
Unit 3 Leadership Skills
Unit 4 Equality and Diversity and inclusion
Unit 6 Values and Standards
Unit 8 Map Reading
Unit 15 Sports coaching
Unit 18 Outdoor and Adventurous Expeditions
Unit 21 Crime Scene Investigation

Entry Requirement

Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and maths, or completion of the Level 3 Introduction to Public Services at a Merit or Distinction.


The qualification will be assessed through 100% course work with no exam required. The units are completed using PASS,MERIT and DISTINCTION criteria.

The assignments issued will be wide ranging where you will be required to produce:
- Essays
- Presentations
- Discussions
- Practical tasks such as Map Reading 

The types of assessment are developed and adapted by the teacher, ensuring the needs of the learner is met. 

Over the year you will create a portfolio of evidence, which will be used to ensure successful completion of the qualification 

Where does this course lead to

The qualification if completed can lead learners to the second year of the qualification, where you will study the  Extended Diploma.

Students will also achieve an NCFE Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services on successful completion of year 1.

 If undertaken students will also make progress on the Duke of Edinburgh award. 

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Course Outline

Course Code: JF117
Study Mode: Full Time
Location: Basingstoke
Start Date: 08/09/2023
Duration: 1 Year
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