Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 1 Year 2 Full-Time Bede Campus Full-time Vocational

What’s it all about?

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.

You’ll need a minimum of two GCSEs at a grade 3 or above. If you do not meet the entry criteria for this Level 2 course then you can study our Level 1 in Sport and Public Services for 1 year and then progress to this level 2 course the following year.

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 training elements of the course.

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ please enquire You will need to provide your own stationery and you will be given the opportunity to take part in a number of trips and visits related to a career in the public services.

This qualification has been designed to provide highly specialist work-related knowledge and skills employers look for in a range of public services (police, Army, Navy, Air Force, paramedics, fire service etc), such as: communications; teamwork; leadership and problem solving.

English and Maths are important life skills that will help you to achieve your best in your studies and progress to your dream career. If you have not already achieved grade 9-4 in GCSE Maths and/ or English at school, we will support you to improve your skills.

Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term and will be between the hours of 9am and 4pm across the week.

You will stidy the following modules:

- Investigate Employment in the Uniformed Services
- Physical Fitness for the Uniformed Services
- Develop Team Working and Problem Solving Skills
- Health and Safety in the Uniformed Services
- Follow Uniformed Service Routine
- Exploring Equality and Diversity for the Uniformed Services
- Carry Out Map Reading and Navigation
- Undertake Adventurous Activities
- Explore the Use of Telecommunication in the Uniformed Services
- Explore Volunteering and Volunteering Opportunities

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What’s next?

After successfully completing the course you could go on to apply for jobs in the services or progress to our Level 3 programme.

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Why college is different to school

A fresh start

Sometimes you just need a clean break to become the person you were destined to be. Starting college is the perfect opportunity to break free and become that new person!

New people

Our diverse student community means that you will meet lots of new people of different ages, backgrounds and interests, so you can enjoy making lifelong friendships!

Specialist Staff

Most of our lecturers are industry savvy and are experts in teaching 16-18 year olds. They have lots of valuable experience and knowledge to pass onto you.


College is a more mature and relaxed environment than school and you are treated like an adult. You’ll be on first name terms with your lecturers so no more Sir and Miss! You can also start to make your own decisions.

Free time

Your timetable will be very different to school. You will have a lot more free time to take part in extra-curricular activities, study, or get extra money and work experience with a part-time job.

Different environment

College is a very different learning environment to school. You may even become more inspired and have a new motivation to work towards your future goal in a college environment.

More choice

A college can offer a much wider choice of A-Level subjects, plus vocational courses in lots of different subjects and at different levels.

More opportunities

You will have the opportunity to take part in lots of different activities outside of the classroom to boost your confidence and help you develop your skills and personal qualities.

Specialist facilities

A college can invest in an extensive range of industry-standard facilities to give you the skills and knowledge to prepare for university or employment, and can also offer subjects that need specialist facilities.

We are the College of the Year

(*Top college nationally for BTECs, Pearson 2019).

Why choose Sunderland College?

94.7% of our students progressed to further study, university or employment


(*Based on 16-18 year olds desination data 2016/17 academic year)

Our achievement rates are well above the national average

We have the widest range of courses in the region.

We have recently invested £50 million in our facilities.