Free course, excluding materials

A course of practical activities and lessons. This course serves students thinking of a career in uniformed services of any kind. Students will also develop their leadership and personal fitness skills. The course is supported by a variety of trips and practical activities to help hone skills both inside and outside the classroom.

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The course aims to prepare students for a career in the uniformed public services or to continue into higher education.

Course content

This is a broad-based, and highly practical 2 year course that covers many aspects of public service.

This course is equivalent to 3 A-Levels. You will study:

  • Government, policies and the public services.
    • Looking at the Government and how policies impact on the services.
  • Team leadership
    • Exploring different leadership styles and what makes an effective team.
  • Citizenship
    • Researching how different views of citizenship have developed, the qualities of a ‘good’ citizen and how services provide equality of service to all members of the community.
  • Discipline within the uniformed public services
    • Understanding complex nature of authority.
  • Diversity and the public services
    • Understanding the duty to provide equality of service to all members of the community.
  • Physical Education
    • Fitness education for employment in the uniformed public services covering the major body systems, the effects of lifestyle, and learning how to plan and undertake a fitness training programme.
  • Command and control in the uniformed services
    • Learning about rank and responsibilities, students will be able to demonstrate command and control task activities.
  • Uniformed public services employment
    • Students will learn to identify job opportunities, training and application processes.
  • Understanding behavior in the public sector.
    • Researching the different types of communication behavior and conflict resolution.

How will I be assessed?

There is continuous assessment through the practical and written assignments. You should also be prepared to develop your skills in leadership, teamwork and fitness.


Entry requirements: 

Five GCSEs at grade C or above including English Language and Maths, or at least a Merit in BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Public Services with grade C in English language.

What can I do next?

You may go directly to employment in the armed forces, emergency services or prison service, or you can choose to continue into higher education.

What our students say

“When I first started at Totton College, I didn’t quite know what I wanted to do as a future career. The wide variety of topics, activities and trips led to my interest in the police force. I undertook quite a lot of activities with the Hampshire Constabulary such as public order training, and visited the Met Police in Lewisham leading to me choosing a police career.

“I had phenomenal support and positivity from the teaching staff at Totton College, allowing me to flourish.”

Will Norris

Law student, University of Winchester

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