BTEC Level 3 90-credit Diploma in Public Services (QCF)


The 90 credit diploma is a vocational qualification, equivalent in size to one and a half A levels. It has been designed as a one-year course, enabling learners to develop a common core of knowledge, including Government policies, leadership and teamwork, and citizenship and diversity, and allowing them the opportunity to study in more depth a range of option areas of their choice.

The qualification prepares learners for progression within education or into employment in the appropriate vocational sector and it is suitable for those who have decided that they wish to study in detail or work in a particular area of work. Some learners may wish to gain the qualification in order to enter a specialist area of employment or to progress to a larger or different level 3 programme.

For adult learners the BTEC Level 3 90-credit Diploma can extend their experience of working in a particular sector. It could also be a suitable qualification for those wishing to change career or move into a particular area of employment following a career break.

The qualification supports progression to a wide range of roles within the sector. The qualification was designed in close collaboration with industry. A range of professional organisations/employers in the sector have confirmed their support for the Pearson BTEC Level 3 90-credit Diploma. This means it is a highly respected route for those who wish to move into employment in the sector, either directly or following further study.

What are the entry requirements?

Five GCSEs at grade C or above, grades 4/5 or above (including maths and English) or other equivalent qualifications and an interest in a career in the uniformed public services. You will be expected to attend an interview.

What subjects will I study?

The course is delivered through practical activities, visits, workshops and classroom teaching. Units studied will include:

? Unit 1 Government Policies and the Public Services
? Unit 2 Leadership and Teamwork in the Public Services
? Unit 3 Citizenship and Diversity
? Unit 5 Physical preparation health and lifestyle
? Unit 6 Fitness testing and training for the uniformed public services.
? Unit 14 Responding to emergency service incidents.
? Unit 16 Career Planning for the uniformed public services
? Unit 17 Police Powers
? Unit 35 Land Navigation

Every full-time course will include a real experience of work.

Maths and English form part of this course and will be assessed at the relevant levels.

How will I learn?

The course will involve a strong practical element with supporting classroom based sessions to raise awareness of the theoretical underpinning. Through a wide variety of individual and group tasks you will develop a range of key employability skills and personal attributes. There will also be regular opportunities to gain work based experience working with the different uniformed public services.

How will I be assessed?

There are two main forms of assessment that you need to be aware of: internal and synoptic.


All units in the sector are internally assessed. This means that your tutor will set and assess the assignments that provide the final summative assessment of each unit.


Synoptic assessment requires learners to demonstrate that they can identify and use effectively, in an integrated way, an appropriate selection of skills, techniques, concepts, theories and knowledge from across the whole sector as relevant to a key task.

What opportunities will this lead to?

This programme can lead to progression to further studies to gain the Level 3 Extended Diploma in the Uniformed Public Services and into a wide range of careers within the uniformed public services.

? Police
? Royal Navy
? Royal Air Force
? British Army
? Fire Service
? HM Prison Service
? Coastguard
? Ambulance Service

How long is the course?

BTEC 90 Credit Diploma in the Uniformed Public Services is 1 year in duration and when achieved is equivalent to 1.5 A levels.

The BTEC 90 Credit Diploma is run over one academic year from September to July. Successful completion of the BTEC 90 Credit Diploma allows progression onto the BTEC Extended Diploma in the Uniformed Public Services.

Are there any additional costs?

A requirement for the programme is to undertake relevant work based experiences with involvement from the different uniformed public services. This may result in costs for activities such as residential trips, enrichment activities and transport to venues.

Due to the practical nature of the course and particularly the use of practical assessments, a Furness College Polo T-shirt will need to be purchased and appropriate sports kit (short, tracksuit pants and trainers) will also be required.

Can I get more information?

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