Course starts: September 2019

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A course of practical activities and lessons. This course would suit you if you are thinking of a career in uniformed services of any kind. You should also be prepared to develop your own skills in leadership and personal fitness. The course is supported by a variety of trips and practical activities to help hone skills both inside and outside the classroom.

You can progress to a career in the police service, fire and rescue, service, Army, Royal Navy, Royal air fire or prison service, or onto an apprenticeship or higher education

You will also have the option of achieving the Spectator Safety certification depending on which units are selected.


Course objectives

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

  • Understand the theory and practical techniques for Uniformed Public Services
  • Achieve the fitness and self-discipline levels required for service
  • Learn critical leadership and teamwork skills
  • Develop a portfolio for higher levels of study or progression into Public Service


Course details

Course duration


2 years – Extended Diploma

The extended diploma qualification is equivalent to three A Levels, although some students opt to take the one-year subsidiary diploma which is equivalent to one A Level.


Level 3 Diploma

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 4 (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.

Those who wish to pursue a career in uniformed public services such as the fire brigade or police, or for those keen to explore positions in the military services.

Teaching team

Mike Emery (Course Leader)


A full-time course of practical activities and lessons. You should also be prepared to develop your own skills in teamwork and personal fitness.

Modules may include:

Government, policies and the public services
Looking at the Government and how policies impact on the services.

Team leadership in the uniformed public services
Learn more about the different leadership styles and what makes an effective team.

Researching how different views of citizenship have developed and the qualities of a ‘good’ citizen and how services provide equality of service to all members of the community.

Understanding discipline
Within the uniformed public services along with the complex nature of authority.

Diversity and the public services
Covering their duty to provide equality of service to all members of the community.

Physical preparation and fitness
For the uniformed public services covering the major body systems, the effects of lifestyle, to plan and undertake a fitness training programme.

Command and control
Related to uniformed services covering rank and responsibilities and to be able to demonstrate command and control task activities.

Uniformed public services employment
Where you will identify job opportunities, terms and conditions, training and the application process.

Understanding behaviour in the public sector
Researching the different types of communication behaviour and ways of overcoming possible conflict.

Assessment and exam information

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


Career and progression

Work experience

Work experience opportunities will be delivered over a term.

Enrichment opportunities

There are a variety of enrichment activities available.

Learner progression

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

Your career

Instruction and guidance will be given to extend the experience of the student, worksheets and examples of previous work will be available to help inspire the students for future study or employment.



Fee information

Course costs

If you are under 19 on 31 August in the year you start your course, and a UK or EU resident, you won’t need to pay tuition or examination fees. Depending on your household income, you may also be able to get help towards travel, accommodation, essential equipment or childcare costs.

Additional costs

There is a fee to cover trips and events. The amount will be confirmed prior to enrolment.

Funding and bursaries

Students aged over 19, you may be eligible for free tuition depending on the course you want to study, your existing qualifications and your financial circumstances. For more information you can email info@totton.ac.uk or call 023 8087 4874

Advanced Learner Loans are available for students who are aged 19 or over. Repayments do not begin until the course is completed and you are earning £25,000 or over. Eligible learners will be enrolling on a level 3 or above course and are a UK or EU national. For further information, visit gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan