Public Services (Uniformed) - BTEC National Certificate


In Preston

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You will undertake the following 12 units: understanding the public sector. leadership. physical preparation for the uniformed services. law and the legal system. dealing with accidents. Human behaviour. criminology. the media and the public services. democratic process. Health and fitness. outdoor activities. understanding discipline.



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Preston (Lancashire)
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St Vincent'S Road, PR2 8UR

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About this course

Students aged 16-18 will need 33 GCSE points to access this course. (Please see the `How to Apply` section on this leaflet, a copy of our school leaver prospectus, or visit the school leaver section of this website for more details). You will also have an individual assessment and interview before being allowed to join this course.

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Course programme

Public Services (Uniformed) - BTEC National Certificate

Course ID:

Sport & Public Services

This is a practical, work-related course designed to develop a range of specialist skills and knowledge.

Study Mode & Location:
This is two year Advanced Level course (equivalent to two A Levels)will be held at Preston College, Fulwood Campus, St. Vincent`s Road, Preston, PR2 8UR.

Course Content:
You will undertake the following 12 units:

  • understanding the public sector
  • leadership
  • physical preparation for the uniformed services
  • law and the legal system
  • dealing with accidents
  • human behaviour
  • criminology
  • the media and the public services
  • democratic process
  • health and fitness
  • outdoor activities
  • understanding discipline.

Assessment is continuous through assignment based work as well as a portfolio of evidence. There are also some external assessments.

Careers & Progression Opportunities:
BTEC National Certificates are valued by employers and higher education establishments. Future careers could include employment in the Police, Armed Forces, Fire Service, Security and the Prison Service.

How To Apply
To apply for a course at Preston College you will need to complete and return a College application form. Application Forms are available in our school leaver prospectuses or we can send one out to you.

Work Out Your Point Score
You will need to let us know on your application form your predicted exam grades and your point score. To work out your point score, you must use the grades that you get for GCSE Maths and English Language, and then your next best 5 grades. At Preston College, the level of course you start on will depend upon your point score. Your grades are worth the following points:

GCSE Grades
  • A* = 8 points
  • A = 7 points
  • B = 6 points
  • C = 5 points
  • D = 4 points
  • E = 3 points
  • F = 2 points
  • G = 1 point

(GCSE short courses are worth half the score of a full GCSE. Applied GCSEs are equivalent to two single GCSEs, eg an Applied GCSE at Grade C is worth 10 GCSE points).

GNVQ Foundation Part 1 (Equivalent to two GCSEs)
  • Distinction = 8 points
  • Merit = 6 points
  • Pass = 4 points

GNVQ Intermediate Part 1 (Equivalent to two GCSEs)
  • Distinction = 14 points
  • Merit = 12 points
  • Pass = 10 points

Full GNVQ Intermediate (Equivalent to four GCSEs)
  • Distinction = 28 points
  • Merit = 24 points
  • Pass = 20 points

NVQ Level 1 = 8 points. (NVQ Level 1 courses are equivalent to two GCSEs at Grade D and guarantee progression to NVQ Level 2 courses in the same subject area).

Certificates of Achievement
Up to 22 points will be awarded to students with Certificates of Achievement, for example AQA units, Compact 2000 and NPRA units. The Schools` Recruitment Team will inform you if you qualify.

Public Services (Uniformed) - BTEC National Certificate

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