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Public Services BTEC Diploma Level 3 : 2022 intake

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.

    If you are a natural-born leader, a good communicator or enjoy being part of a highly-motivated team, you could consider a career in the Public Services. The Level 3 is a two-year course, based on practical participation and designed to help you to pass the selection processes of a number of public service organisations.

    Taught within a disciplined environment, and using the excellent training facilities on campus, you will develop your leadership and teamwork skills whilst improving your physical fitness. You’ll also get to take advantage of an extensive enrichment programme, with activities designed to help you to put your skills into practice (e.g. Battlefield Sports, Velodrome, Three Peaks Walk, etc.).
  • What you'll learn

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    Your course will cover a variety of different topics, which may include:

    Year 1
    ? Government, policies & the Public Services
    ? Leadership & teamwork in the Public Services
    ? Understanding Discipline in the Uniformed Public Services (UPS)
    ? Fitness testing & training for the UPS
    ? Citizenship, diversity & the Public Services
    ? Command & control in the UPS
    ? Physical preparation, health & lifestyle for the Public Services
    ? Crime & its effects on society
    ? Functional skills

    Year 2
    ? Responding to emergency services incidents
    ? Exercise, health & lifestyle
    ? Functional skills
    ? Planning & management of major incidents
    ? Aspects of the legal system & law-making process
    ? Instructing physical activity & exercise
    ? Communication & technology in the UPS
    ? Security procedures in the Public Services
    ? Practical team sports
    ? Volunteering

    We encourage our students to continue their English & maths study to Level 3
  • Entry requirements

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    To apply for this course, we?d like you to have a good progress file and the ability to demonstrate a commitment to the uniformed services as a career. You?ll also be invited to come for an interview and provide a satisfactory school reference.

    To gain entry you need to obtain 36 points from your GCSEs, (including C or above in Maths & English) where A* = 8, A = 7, B = 6, C = 5, D = 4, E = 3, F = 2, G = 1
  • How will I be assessed?

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    You’ll be asked to complete a variety of assignments for each topic - some theoretical and some practical. Many assignments require you to visit facilities and observe activities taking place.

    BONUS: there are no formal exams!

    We hold internal and external competitions.

  • Who can I speak to about this course?

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    In the first instance please send a message to
  • 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 we will send you a text with a link to book a telephone interview. Please be aware that when a tutor calls you our number will appear as unknown/with-held/private.
  • Future opportunities

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    After you have completed the course you could progress on to a higher education course at college or university, or explore the possibility of doing a Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4).

    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 Office, earning between ?15,000 ad ?24,500 a year.
    ? A British Army Officer on up to ?52,000 depending on rank.
  • Supporting your learning and wellbeing

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    We have a range of dedicated support and wellbeing services including FREE travel; FREE breakfast; dedicated Learning Development Mentors; impartial advice and guidance; dedicated one-to-one support for learners with additional needs; and support with the cost of College, plus much more.
  • Enrichment

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    Sitting a job interview, writing a personal statement, applying for university - taking part in our enrichment programme will give you a CV to wow in all of these situations! You’ll benefit from:
    • Inspiring trips and experiences

    • Meetings with industry experts

    • Visits to leading companies in your sector

    As well as giving you essential professional and technical skills, you’ll demonstrate that you’re a successful and well-rounded person, helping you to make a lasting impression.

    We want you to have fun, so we also have plenty of leisure and sporting activities for you to enjoy, improving your health and wellbeing.
  • Pre-Professionals Programme

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    Working with your Learning Development Mentor, Tutors and Careers Coaches, you’ll gain an insight and understanding of your sector, helping you to make important decisions about your future, whether that’s university or employment.

    Thanks to our partnership with the University of Bolton, you’ll also benefit from everything the university has to offer, with a range of opportunities to build additional skills and experiences, giving you everything you need to become a FUTURE SUCCESS, in whichever field you choose!

    Exposure to employers is also an integral part of this programme - we will seek to ensure that you have opportunities to gain real-word experience of your sector, giving you the qualifications and experience to progress!
  • Gifted and Talented Programme

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    If you’re a potentially high-achieving learner, capable of exceeding your targets, we will challenge you, encouraging you to fulfil your potential. You may have the opportunity to study additional qualifications, with support in place to complement your study programme experience.
  • Why choose us?

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    We’re an elite College, and part of the University of Bolton Group, offering you a gateway to all of Greater Manchester’s vast range of fantastic opportunities for specialist careers, university degree courses and higher Apprenticeships.

    We’ll reward your achievements with trips to The Anderton Outdoor Activity Centre and the opportunity to apply for the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Award.

    Our £75 million campus offers a newly refurbished fitness suite and sports hall; Apple Mac suites; libraries, a theatre and dance studios; hair and beauty salon; and a restaurant, café and canteen. You’ll also enjoy a wide range of events, including showcases, enterprise activities and cultural celebrations.
  • How to apply?

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    Click the ‘Apply’ button. Log in to your Learner Hub account (you will be able to create an account if you do not already have one) so that you can track your application and enrol online in August. If you have any difficulties please contact us via Live Chat from any of our website pages
  • Open Events

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    Due to current circumstances, we’re working on content for our Virtual Open Events – you can register now for the events, which will be available from Monday 16th November 2020 and can be viewed any time after this date.
    To register, please visit and complete the registration form – once ready, we’ll send you a link, and you’ll also be automatically entered in to a prize draw to win a brand-new iPad!
  • Disclaimer

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    You may be aware that Bolton College currently has some limitations on the way it works, due to COVID-19. Although every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within this document is accurate, due to the changeable nature of the situation and updates to government guidance, there may be changes to this programme and provision. We will endeavour to keep prospective and current students updated where appropriate and when the information becomes available.
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  • Time:

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

  • Duration:

    36 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane Road Campus

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