BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Services (QCF)


The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma extends and deepens the specialist work-related focus from the BTEC Level 3 90-credit Diploma. The quali¬fication prepares learners for appropriate direct employment in the vocational sector and it is suitable for those who have decided that they clearly wish to enter a particular specialist area of work. It is broadly equivalent to three GCE A Levels. The qualification allows learners to develop the wide-ranging knowledge, understanding and skills required for progression into a broad range of roles within the industry.

Learners may wish to gain the quali¬fication in order to enter a specialist area of employment or to progress to a higher education foundation degree, HND or other professional development programme. Other learners may want to extend the specialist nature of the subjects they studied on the Level 3 BTEC 90 Credit Diploma or another programme of study. Progression to Higher Education can follow directly after achieving the qualification. By studying a BTEC National, learners develop knowledge, understanding and skills required by the sector, including essential employability skills, and apply them in real work contexts. A significant proportion of recruitment in this sector is at graduate level.

What are the entry requirements?

Five GCSEs at grade C or above, grades 4/5 or above (including maths and English), a Level 3 BTEC 90 credit Diploma in the Uniformed Public Services 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?

You will be studying the following units:

? Unit 4 Understanding Discipline in the UPS
? Unit15 Planning and management of major incidents
? Unit 20 Communication and technology in the UPS
? Unit 21 Custodial Care services
? Unit 30 Practical Team Sport
? Unit 32 Instructing physical fitness
? Unit 33 Volunteering in the UPS
? Unit 31 Exercise Health and Lifestyle
? Unit 8 Understand the impact of war, conflict and terrorism on the UPS
? Unit 36 Employment in the Uniformed Public Services.

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 at University 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 Extended Diploma in the Uniformed Public Services is 2 years in duration and when achieved is equivalent to 3 A levels.

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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