How long is the course?
The BTEC Extended Diploma in the Uniformed Public Services is two years in duration and when achieved is equivalent UCAS points to studying 3 A Levels. In the first year of study, you will work towards the BTEC Level 3 90-Credit Diploma. Following successful completion of this qualification, you will be able to progress to the BTEC Extended Diploma.
How will I learn?
The course will involve strong practical elements 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 with the different uniformed public services through visits, workshops and guest speakers.
What subjects will I study?
The first year include study of the following subjects
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 17 Police Powers
Unit 12 Crime and its effects on society
Unit 36 Employment in the Uniformed Public Services.
Second year will include study of the following subjects
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 16 Career Planning for the uniformed public services
How will I be assessed?
Each candidate is required to create a portfolio of evidence which demonstrates achievement of 100% of the learning outcomes and assessment criteria associated with each unit. Units are graded PASS, MERIT or DISTINCTION depending on the quality of evidence produced.
The main pieces of evidence to build the portfolio could include:
• Practical, fitness and sports participation
• Professional discussions and presentations
• Posters, leaflets and displays
• Learner and peer reports
• Volunteering/participation with the Uniformed Services
Are there any additional costs?
Due to the practical nature of the course and strong link to the Uniformed Services, students are required to purchase a uniform for mandatory elements from the college shop. This consists of a Polo, T-shirt and ¾ Zip Top in addition to black tracksuit/bottoms or leggings and suitable trainers.
A requirement for the programme is to undertake relevant work based experiences with involvement from the different uniformed public services. This may result in small additional costs for activities such as residential, enrichment activities and transport to venues.
This course will prepare you for an exciting career in the Uniformed Services. Engagement in this programme will develop your skills, knowledge and competency to enhance the opportunities for successful progression to employment in the sector.
What are the entry requirements?
Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above (including maths and English) or other equivalent qualifications and an interest in a career in the uniformed public services.
Can I get more information?
For more information please contact us:
E: Sports Tutors
T: 01229 844773
What opportunities will this lead to?
The programme can lead to direct entry to a range of Uniformed Service careers and apprenticeships or progression to further studies at University level for careers within the Police/Armed Forces.
• Royal Navy
• Royal Air Force
• British Army
• Fire Service
• HM Prison Service
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