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BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Services

This is a two year course designed to give students the opportunity to gain employment in an operational role, in an office-based role or in the uniformed public services.

At present, some of the units being taught are:

1Government Policies
2Leadership & Teamwork
3Citizenship, Diversity
4Understanding Discipline
6Fitness Training and Testing
9Outdoor & Adventurous Activities
17Police Powers in the PS
18Behaviour in PS Employment
20Communication and Technology
21Custodial Care services
22Aspects of Legal System
30Exercise, Health & lifestyle
35Land Navigation by Map & Compass

Each unit is assessed through the completion of coursework tasks, using different methods of assessment. You will complete posters, leaflets and booklets, give presentations, prepare reports and take part in role plays.

Each unit has a set of deadlines for submission of completed tasks, these will be assessed and returned for correction by your teachers.

The course is the equivalent to 3 ‘A’ levels.


Students on the course progress onto University to study subjects such as Criminology, Law, Criminal Justice, Airline and Airport Management, social sciences, Policing studies, Fire and Rescue service Management.

A small minority of learners have changed specialism or gone into work.


There are 2 full time teachers who teach on the course. Each member of the team has extensive industry and teaching experience.

Recommended reading

Books: Gray D – BTEC Level 3 Public Services First Edition Book 1 & 2 (Pearson 2010).
Journals: Police Review, Prison News, Soldier, Business Review Magazine, Fire, British Medical Journal, Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews

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