Public Services

South Essex College
In Southend-On-Sea

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Typology Course
Location Southend-on-sea
  • Course
  • Southend-on-sea

This is a full time, Advanced Level 3 BTEC qualification in which you study a whole range of subjects that give you an excellent understanding of the Public Services.  The Course is designed to give you a good underpinning knowledge of the public services and develop some essential skills that you will need in the future.  At the end of your course you will have an excellent CV that will include both the Academic qualifications you need, plus a series of career enhancing skills, such as teamwork, communication and problem solving.


Where and when

Starts Location
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South Essex College Luker Road, SS1 1ND, Essex, England
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South Essex College Luker Road, SS1 1ND, Essex, England

What you'll learn on the course


Course programme

In order to achieve the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Uniformed Public Services you will need to study a total of 180 credits over 2 years.

The following units are all mandatory:

  • Government, policies and the public services (10 credits)
  • Leadership and Teamwork in the public services (15 credits)
  • Citizenship, Diversity and the Public Services (15 credits)
  • Understanding Discipline in the Uniformed Public Services (10 credits)
  • Fitness, Testing and Training for the Uniformed Public Services (10 credits)

You will also need to study a further 120 credits from a range of 23 option units. These include:

  • Physical preparation, health & lifestyle for the public services (10 credits)
  • Outdoor and adventurous expeditions (10 credits)
  • Crime and its effect on society (10 credits)
  • Planning and management of major incidents (10 credits)
  • Skills for Water Based and Adventurous Activities (10 credits)
  • Career planning for public services (5 credits)
  • Volunteering in the Public Services (5 credits)
  • Custodial care services (10 credits)
  • Aspects of the legal system and law making process (10 credits)
  • Practical team sports (10 credits)
  • Exercise health & lifestyle (10 credits)
  • International institutions and human rights (5 credits)
  • Understand the Impact of War, Conflict and Terrorism (5 credits)
  • Security procedures in the public services (10 credits)
  • Current and Media Affairs in the Public Services (10 credits)
  • Public Service Data Interpretation (10 credits)

We offer a pathway option in the second year of your course and the units that you study will vary subject to the pathway that you are on.  The current pathways that we offer are Fitness, Outdoor Activity, Non-Uniformed Public Services and Law and Current Affairs or a mixed combination of all four.

This is a very challenging programme.  You will need to convince the course team of your ability and commitment to your studies to be offered a place on this programme.

The course is taught over four individual semesters (September – February, February – June) over two years.

We expect all our public services students to wear a uniform when they attend College. The uniform consists of black trousers/skirt (not jeans) with black shoes and a golf shirt and/or fleece with a South Essex College logo. The golf shirt/fleece will be purchased via the College. As an alternative to the black trousers / skirt and black shoes you may choose to opt for smart black combat trousers and plain black trainers.   Apart from pen and paper, you also will need clothing suitable for the fitness and sports units.  Most students will experience a residential visit, so a sleeping bag, suitable walking and bad weather clothing will be expected.

A key element of your course is the attainment of Functional Skills (currently available in Math, English and IT). You will study a Functional Skill each year.  These qualifications are a key part of your course and are examination based.

You will gain a detailed understanding into a range of public services. This does not mean simply the Police, Fire or Ambulance services, but also the Prison Service, HM Customs and Excise, the Armed Forces, community service and emergency service related organisations. You will learn and develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required for success in employment in the public services. You will look at the main issues facing you within the public services in relationship to society. Also how you can develop your fitness, stay healthy and maintain a level of fitness which will enable you to meet the physical entry requirements for some of the public services. The course also requires you to undertake an expedition which can involve a residential to an outward bound centre.

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