Course Type / Attendance

Full Time

Subject Area

Sport and Public Services

Start Date

September 2018




16-18 Year Olds



Course Level


Home / Course / Public Services Diploma Level 2

Who is this course for?

This course is for people who are looking to enter careers in a uniformed service such as Armed forces, Police, Fire and Rescue and Prison service. It can help you extend the specialism you study on the BTEC Level 2 certificate or extended certificate in Public Services.

What do you need to apply for the course?

You’ll need a minimum of two GCSEs at a grade D or above.

You will also need to be medically fit without any condition that would prevent you from joining the uniformed services and be able to cope with the arduous training elements of the course. A medical questionnaire and parental consent is needed to fully participate in the course elements. You should not have any criminal convictions which would prevent you from joining the uniformed services. Please note the new grading system for GCSE maths and English from 2017 will be numbered 1 to 9, 9 being the highest. Grade C or above will equate to Grade 4/5 or above.

What are the key things you'll learn?

This qualification has been designed to provide highly specialist work-related knowledge and skills (common values and core competencies) sought by employers in a range of public services, such as: communications; teamwork; leadership; problem solving; citizenship; diversity and discipline.

How you will learn

You will learn through a large range of theory and practical units followed by opportunities to practice and develop skills and experience outside of the classroom environment. This could include residential Army ‘look at life’ trips, adventurous activity courses, hill walking and other educational trips.

This is a very busy and varied course which demands commitment but rewards students with activity and fun elements.

If you’re interested in sport, we also have opportunities for anyone who shows a good level of ability in a particular sport to join one of our successful development centres gaining you further skills and qualifications.

Where could this course take you?

After successfully completing the course you could go on to apply for jobs in the services or apply to universities. Past students have joined the armed services or study the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Public Services.

What costs will you incur?

A uniform in college colours is available to purchase as an option, (current cost is £45).

Contributions are asked of when attending Adventurous expeditions, Outdoor Activities and other out of college trips, to cover the cost of transport, own food and accommodation.

Previous Student Experience

I enjoyed the level 2 course, it was great, which was a mix of hard theory and very enjoyable practical units. My Lecturers helped me to get distinction grades in all my units which got me exactly what I wanted – a place on the Extended National Diploma Course.

Lewis Miller (BTEC Extended National Diploma Student)