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Public Services 90 Credit Diploma

Full-Time Study Programmes

  • Overview of the course

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    The level 3 course consists of 17 BTEC units covering a sound understanding for working in the uniformed public services from a theoretical & practical perspective to prepare learners with the knowledge & skills required for progressing into future careers such as Police Officer and Armed Forces Solider.

    Public services alongside the theory written work has an active based program with strong links to the Armed and Emergency Services. The Public services team here at Bolton consists of tutors with experience and knowledge of work through-out the services some are ex-police officers and some from a military background.
    Students have access to cadet programmes, Police, Fire, Army; other voluntary opportunities will be made available in partnership with outside organisations. These voluntary opportunities allow you alongside your course to develop the core competencies that the uniformed public services require.
  • How will I be assessed?

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    Prior to the start of the course your Maths and English will be assessed via a computer assessment. This allows the college to place you into the correct functional skills group and assess if support is required.
    There are currently no formal examinations on BTEC courses, so learners are assessed using a variety of different methods such as presentations, observations & coursework based IT tasks graded as Pass / Merit / Distinction. Some units have more practical assignments that require you to visit public service facilities and studying activities taking place. There is access to a free weeks residential (limited places) on an army camp that is related to your course and a day’s personal development with the Army and RAF.
    Support is available across college and is assessed on an individual basis. Please bring any support requirement to the attention of tutors as it can have an impact on future career pathways.
    You will be expected to take part in fitness and sport sessions as fitness is an essential requirement for a career in the uniformed public services
  • What can I expect to learn?

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    The full time (16 hours per week) TWO year course includes an initial 8 BTEC units (90 Credit Diploma )in year 1 & a further 9 BTEC units in year 2 (180 Credit Extended Diploma) & depending on overall grade from year one (Pass / Merit / Distinction) can be equivalent to 3 A Levels (Up to 420 UCAS points. Students may be directed to Subsidiary Diploma Level 3 if a minimum C grade is not gained in Maths and English.

    Year 1 Year 2
    1. Government, policies and the Public Services (10) 10. Skills for Land-based Outdoor and
    2. Leadership and teamwork in the Public Service (15) Adventurous Activities (10)
    3. Citizenship, Diversity and the Public Services (15) 12. Crime and its Effects on Society (10)
    4. Understanding Discipline in the UPS (10) 13. Command and Control in the UPS (10)
    5. Physical Preparation, health and Lifestyle for the Public Services (10) 15. Planning and Management of Major Incidents (10)
    6. Fitness Testing and Training for the UPS (10) 20. Communication and Technology in the UPS (10)
    14. Responding to Emergency Services Incidents (10) 29. Security Procedures in the Public Services (10)
    22. Aspects of the legal system and law making process (10) 30. Practical Team Sports (10)
    31. Exercise Health and Lifestyle
    Project Fitness – 2.4 km run weekly 32. Instructing Physical Activity and Exercise (10)

    Year 1 Additional qualifications = Sports Leaders Award (SLA) Level 2 Leadership certificate
    + Maths (Numeracy functional skills) + English (Literacy functional skills)
    + Employability skills sessions + Progression opportunities sessions

    Year 2 Additional qualifications = Higher Sports Leaders Award (HSLA) Level 3 certificate
    + Employability skills sessions + Progression opportunities sessions
  • What qualification will I be awarded if I successfully complete the course?

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    Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Public Services
  • How can I progress after this course?

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    Many learners progress onto higher education via our Higher National Diploma in Police Studies or complete a Public Services related university degree level programme. Alternatively, as BTEC courses focus on developing both academic knowledge & vocational skills, combined with the work related experience of the additional HSLA & learners also have the ability to progress into employment. Through further study careers can be gained within the emergency services, security industry or armed forces. Career opportunities exist across the police, fire and rescue service, armed forces and security industry, Group Four (G4S), MI5, British Transport Police, British Nuclear Fuel, Retail Security Officers, Corporate Security, Security Guard, HM Customs Officer, Military Police, Ministry of Defence Police and Door Security Managers.

    As the BTEC course focuses on developing both basic knowledge & transferable skills, learners develop the personal attributes (organisation / time management / communication skills) that employer’s value. This alongside their voluntary experiences gives them increased opportunities for entry level employment as they have gained highly prized personal skills.
  • What do I need to join the course?

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    What do I need to join the course?
    • Motivation and interest in a career in the uniformed public services
    • 36 points gained from relevant qualifications
    • C grades In Maths and English GCSE’s is essential
    • A friendly manner
    • Willingness to work
    • Involvement in fitness, sport and 2.4km runs

    To apply, you need a dedicated ambition of a career in uniformed public services & a full BTEC Level 2 Diploma (Merit) or 36 points from your GCSE results where (A* =8 / A = 7 / B = 6 / C = 5 / D = 4 / E = 3 / F = 2 / G = 1)
    Students who do not gain a C in either English or Maths will be interviewed by staff to assess their suitability for Level 3.
    Some medical conditions and Police convictions can bar entry into careers in the uniformed public services
  • Who can I speak to about this course?

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    Contact Chris Powell (Public Services course co-ordinator) via email on or message 01204 482624 or contact Neil Scott (Curriculum Leader) on 01204-482626 or via email on
  • I'm interested, what do I need to do next?

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    To apply for the course you will need to fill out an application form and attend a one to one interview with one of the public services tutors.
  • Additional Information

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    All learners will complete an individual learning plan which will be discussed with their tutor throughout the course.


    You may not have to pay tuition fees at all, if you fall into one of the groups eligible for fee exemptions. If you feel you may be eligible or would like someone to explain course fees in more detail, please call our helpline on 01204 482 000.


    Tutors teach throughout the day and evening and are not always available by phone. Please leave a voicemail message where possible and we will ring you back as soon as possible.
    Please note: Learners on a Learner Responsive course (shown under the course code) must bring their qualification certificates with them to enrolment. Learners will not be able to enrol without this information. If you have lost any certificates please contact your school in the first instance. If they are unable to provide a copy, you can contact one of the following exam boards (your school will be able to tell you which one you need):
    • OCR:
    • Edexcel:
    • AQA:
    If you are unable to provide certificates you will be asked to complete a self declaration form when you enrol.


    Our Helpline can provide you with general information regarding studying at Bolton College. We also offer advice and guidance meetings to help you decide your next move. Please call 01204 482 000. Lines are open Monday to Friday between 10am and 7pm during term time and between 9am and 5pm out of term.
    Bolton College endeavours to ensure that the information provided in this document is accurate. All courses are offered subject to student numbers and the College reserves the right to amend, withdraw or amalgamate any of the courses, fees, services, locations or facilities described at any time.

    Equalities Statement

    The College will treat all members of the community equally and will not favour any particular individual or group. English is our principal language but we will endeavour to provide information relating to this document in other formats and languages. If customers require this type of support they should contact email the Customer Services Manager at or alternatively call 01204 482 040 or visit us at Deane Road, Bolton, BL3 5BG.

    Enrolment Details

    To enrol at one of our Community Learning Centres or our main Deane Road Campus click here for enrolment times.
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  • Time:

    09:00 - 17:00
    13 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    36 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane Road Campus

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