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Public Services BTEC Diploma Level 1

Full-Time Study Programmes

  • Overview of the course

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    Our full-time study programmes are designed to
    maximise your career prospects and widen your options for further or higher study.

    The Level 1 course consists of 10 BTEC units covering an introduction to working in the public services – starting from a practical and basic theory perspective, working towards preparing you with the knowledge and skills required for progressing on to higher-level courses and employment.

    This course focuses on practical participation and is
    designed to help you pass the selection processes of a number of public service organisations.

    Work experience is also an integral part of our study programmes, enabling you to gain essential exposure to the world of work.
  • What you'll learn

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    Your course will cover a range of different topics, including:
    • Public Services Careers
    • Improving Health & Fitness for Entry into the Uniformed Public Services
    • Personal Skills for the Public Services
    • Forensic Detection
    • Introduction to Security Work in the Public Services
    • Practical Teamwork in the Public Services
    • Public Service Incidents
    • Public Services: Assisting the Public
    • Planning & Participation in an Event
    Functional Skills (if applicable):
    • English
    • Maths

    Additional qualifications:
    • Employee Rights & Responsibilities (ERR)
    • Personal Learning & Thinking Skills (PLTS)
    If required for your chosen career or HE course, you may wish to study English & maths to Level 3.

    Elements of Study
    Your programme consists of the following elements:
    • Study of your chosen vocational subject (50% of your programme)
    • English and maths (continued until the achievement of GCSE grade 4 (C) or equivalent)
    • Employability skills (e.g. punctuality, attendance, communication and team work)
    • Work experience (giving you a taste of working life) • Tutorial & personal development (e.g. healthy living, volunteering and citizenship skills)
    • Fitness Testing
  • Entry requirements

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    Formal qualifications are not required – just the interest and ambition of a career in the Public Services. All learners will be interviewed by staff to assess their suitability.
  • How will I be assessed?

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    There are no formal examinations on BTEC courses, so learners are assessed using a variety of different methods such as presentations, observations and coursework-based IT tasks. Many of the units have very practical-based assignments that require visits to local armed forces facilities to participate in activities. We hold internal and external competitions.
  • Who can I speak to about this course?

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  • I'm interested in this course, what do I need to do next?

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    You need to speak to one of our Tutors before you can enrol on to this course therefore, please use the ‘apply’ button on this screen to register your interest. Once we have your details a Tutor will contact you by phone. Please be aware that our number will be displayed as unknown/private/withheld
  • Supporting your learning and wellbeing

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    We want you to enjoy every minute of College, both in the classroom and out of it, so we have a range of dedicated support and wellbeing services. These include
    FREE travel; FREE breakfast; your own dedicated Work Based Tutor; impartial advice and guidance; dedicated one-to-one support for learners with additional needs;
    and support with the cost of College, plus much more.
  • Future opportunities

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    Alongside your studies, you’ll have a unique opportunity to be part of the University of Bolton’s EXCEED programme.

    This will give you a range of additional skills and experiences, and includes masterclasses; university visits; access to industry experts; and mentoring and support with your university application, perfect for that next step into Higher Education.

    After you have completed the course you could remain in College and progress on to the Public Services BTEC Extended Diploma Level 2, if you achieve ‘Merit’ or above.

    Check out opportunities at the University of Bolton by visiting

    Following further study you could work as:
    • A Health & Safety Adviser where you could earn between £22,000 and £35,000 a year, depending on experience.
    • A Police Officer, earning between £19,000 and £37,000 a year, depending on your experience.
    • A Civil Service Administration Officer, earning between £15,000 ad £24,500 a year.
    • A British Army Officer, earning up to £52,000 depending on rank.
  • Enrichment

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    We want to give you a positive experience at College and a rounded view of the industry you could one day be working in, so, during your time at College, you will have
    the opportunity to enjoy a range of activities, including:
    • Meeting guest speakers from the sector
    • Visiting local sector providers
    • Taking part in enrichment activities – such as Battlefield Sports, Go Ape, Army residentials etc and getting involved in fundraising activities and social events.
  • Pre-Professionals Programme

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    As part of our Pre-Professionals Programme, you’ll have your own personal Learning Development Mentor and Careers Coach. They’ll help you to manage your studies, oversee your progress and aid in your personal development.

    You’ll also benefit from quality work experience and industry placements, ensuring that you’re ready for the world of work.

    You could also benefit from getting involved in volunteering opportunities, both locally and abroad, and youth social action projects, perfect for enhancing your CV.
  • Why choose us?

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    We’re part of the University of Bolton Group, which means you’ll benefit from all that the University has to offer, including world-class facilities and access to industry experts.

    Throughout your time at College, we’ll reward your achievements, with trips to The Anderton Outdoor Activity Centre, the University’s outdoor pursuits centre, and so much more. You’ll also have the opportunity to apply for the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Award.

    In our last Ofsted inspection, we were graded ‘Good’.

    Our £75 million campus offers:
    • A newly refurbished fitness suite and sports hall
    • Apple Mac suites
    • Libraries
    • A theatre and dance studios
    • A café selling Costa coffee
    • The Academy Hair & Beauty Salon
    • Signature restaurant

    We also have a wide range of events throughout the year, including showcases, enterprise activities and cultural celebrations.
  • How to apply?

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    Click 'Apply' to submit your application.
  • Disclaimer

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    Every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within these course information sheets was accurate at the time of publishing.
    Bolton College is constantly evaluating its services to meet the needs of learners; therefore programmes/courses/Apprenticeships, resources and facilities may be subject to change without prior notice.
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  • Time:

    10.00 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    36 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane Road Campus

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