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BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Services

  • Fee
    16-18 Free  /  19+ £2,573*
  • Duration of course 72 weeks (Over 2 years)
  • Course type Full-time (16-18s)
  • This course is suitable for 16-18; Adults

Will the course give me what I want?

Course content

Modules may include:

  • Public Service Skills
  • Employment in the Uniformed Services
  • Improving health and fitness for entry to the uniformed public services
  • Sport and recreation in the public services
  • Crime and it's effects on society
  • Career planning for the public services
  • Citizenship, the individual and society

The course also includes trips and visits, examples of which include an Army training camp and a Fire brigade training venue.

Please Note

Extended Diplomas are delivered as two one year programmes:

Year 1 - Subsidiary Diploma

Year 2 - Diploma/Extended Diploma

Students are expected to satisfactorily complete the Subsidiary programme prior to being considered appropriate for a year 2 qualification.

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

University or to recruitment within the uniformed public services.

How will I learn?

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

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed through a variety of assignments and projects. These include written and practical work, sports and fitness tasks and presentations, amongst other things.

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

8-10 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 need to have an interest in the uniformed public services and a willingness to take part in both practical and theory based activities. Learners should have at least 4 grade Cs at GCSE, usually including English, or Level 2 Functional Skills in Literacy, OR a Level 2 Diploma in a related subject at a merit or distinction grade. Maths GCSE at a grade D or above would be beneficial. You will also need to bring a reference from a teacher or employer. You may be required to have a CRB check in relation to work experience within the sector.

Expected prior knowledge

Cadet experience is desirable.

English level

Level 2 (GCSE Grade C)

Mathematics level

Level 2 (GCSE Grade C)

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.