Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services L3Full Time · Public Services & Criminology · Bishop Auckland Campus · Diploma
If you are looking for a career within the uniformed public services area such as the armed forces or the emergency services then here is the place to start. The Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services Level 3 is designed to help you develop the skills needed for today's workforce within the uniformed public services. This course can help you grow in confidence and become self-disciplined, learn how to solve problems, meet deadlines, keep fit and work as part of a team.
Minimum 4 GCSE’s at grades 9 - 4 (A* - C) or equivalent, including a C or above in Maths and English, or a Level 2 qualification in a relevant subject area.
What will I do?
The Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services Level 3 is taught over three days per week. You may be required to attend additional days if you have not achieved grade A-C in English and maths.
There are two options available for BTEC Level 3 (one year):
- Option one is The Subsidiary Diploma. This is broadly equivalent to one A Level, and requires you to complete six units over the year.
- Option two is the 90 Credit Diploma. This is broadly equivalent to one and a half A Levels, and requires you to complete nine units over the year.
The units delivered can vary depending on student interest and local workforce demands.
A typical study program could include a selection from the following units:
- Leadership and teamwork in public services
- Government policies and the public services
- Citizenship, diversity and the public services
- Discipline in the public services
- Physical preparation for public services
- Career planning for the public services
- Skills for land based outdoor activities
- Behaviour in public sector employment
- Crime and its effects on society
You are required to complete a work placement during each academic year. Current students have worked with the local Army reserve centre (D Company: The Rifles and Fifth Fusiliers), Durham Constabulary Training Centre, acting as perpetrators and victims of crime for new Police recruits, Durham County Council in the emergency planning department and Durham Police Cadets to name a few.
You will also be given the opportunity to experience various vocations via guest speakers and day trips into industry. Previous trips have included. HMP Durham Prison, Meadowfield Police Training Centre, Bishop Auckland Fire station, Durham & Teesside Crown Courts, D Company: The Rifles and Fifth Fusiliers and Marne Army Barracks.
There will also be opportunities over the period of the course to stop away from home on occasion. Residential trips in previous years have included:
- London City and Houses of Parliament
- Catterick Garrison Army Barracks
- Faslane Naval Base
- Overnight camping expeditions in the Lake District
There is also an opportunity for all students to undertake the Duke of
Edinburgh (D of E) award up to Gold Standard during the time on our
N.B – a small registration fee is required.
Students will also be expected to partake in fitness activities on a weekly basis in relation to their chosen profession although previous fitness levels are not taken into consideration.
What will it give me?
Successful completion of the Subsidiary Diploma will give you the equivalent of one A Level. You may then wish to progress onto year two to complete a full diploma.
Alternatively, it prepares students for employment into their chosen public service sector including: Army, Navy, RAF, Police, Fire & Rescue, Ambulance service or Prison service amongst others.
Completion of the full two year course will give you a L3 Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services.
Students will be required to purchase a uniform pack. This will have a small cost implication as will any residential trips. The exact cost will be given prior to enrolment after offer of place has been confirmed (concessions may apply for student grants based on their personal circumstances).
What can I do when I finish?
If you gain suitable grades you may progress onto the Level 3 Diploma in Public Services which involves one more year of study at Level 3 and by the end of that second year, learners would have the equivalent of two A Levels, which may then allow you to progress onto Higher Education at College on the HND in Public Services, or other Higher Education courses such as Foundation or Honours Degrees in criminology, Law, leadership and management at university, or employment in one of the armed or emergency services.
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