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BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Public Services

  • Fee
    16-18 Free  /  19+ £1,896*
  • Duration of course 36 weeks
  • Course type Full-time (16-18s)
  • This course is suitable for 16-18; Adults

Will the course give me what I want?

Course content

This is a full time course which is designed to develop the knowledge and skills needed by people who want to work in the people management, public safety, security, enforcement and all uniformed public service industries.

Students will also develop a broad range of general skills including communicating with others, working in a team, problem solving and presentation skills.

Outline of skills and knowledge

Topics of study are selected from the following units:

  • Public Service Skills
  • Career Planning for the Public Services
  • Improving Health and Fitness for Entry to the Uniformed Public Services
  • Employment in the Uniformed Public Services
  • Citizenship, the Individual and Society
  • Health and Safety in the Public Service Workplace
  • Adventurous Activities and Teamwork for the Public Services
  • Sport and Recreation in the Public Services
  • Land Navigation by Map and Compass
  • Law and its Impact on the Individual in Public Services
  • Crime and its Effects on Society
  • Community and Cultural Awareness
  • Expedition Skills in Public Services
  • Attending Emergency Incidents in Public Services
  • Security Procedures in the Public Services
  • Research in Public Services
  • Volunteering in Public Services
  • ICT and the Public Services

Additional courses of study offered:

Functional Skills in English or GCSE English and Maths (dependant on entry requirements being met).

What have students who have taken this course in the past progressed to?

Level 3 Public Services

How will I learn?

Through a combination of theory and practical work e.g. drills and leadership skills.

How will I be assessed?

On-going assessment throughout the course in addition to this you will have a number of assignments and project to work on.

How much time should I be expected to spend on assignments, projects, field trips etc

2-5 hours of self directed study is expected for students to be successful on this course.

Which awarding body is the course validation by?


What qualifications or skills do I need to show I have before I can enrol?

You will be expected to have a standard of literacy and numeracy supported by a general education equivalent to 4 GCSEs at grades D-G. Ideally English and Maths will be at grade D or a functional skill at Level 1 or above. You must also have a willingness to learn and apply yourself to the course and the personal qualities to be able to work with people. You will need to provide a suitable reference from a teacher or employer. You may need to complete a CRB check in relation to work experience.

Expected prior knowledge


English level

Level 1 (GCSE Grade D)

Mathematics level

Level 1 (GCSE Grade D)

Equipment and other costs

All equipment will be provided by the College.

For further information please call 020 7258 2721, email or come to one of our Open Days.

* Fee information

Fees shown are set against the current year (August 2017 to July 2018) and are subject to change when Government funding changes are announced.

All our full time further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are free if you are 16-18 years old and meet UK residency requirements. Depending on your circumstances, you may also be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as free school meals and travel.

If you are  enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and aged 19 or over, you may be required to pay fees depending on your residency status, educational background and personal circumstances.