Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 2 years Level 3 Full-Time Bede Campus Full-time Vocational

What’s it all about?

This course is designed for students who wish to progress on to Higher Education or into a relevant Uniformed Services role.

Students will study a careers focused curriculum, which offers engagement with a wide variety of Uniformed Services, including police, fire and rescue service, Royal Navy and the British Army, alongside many others.

Four GCSEs (English Language or Maths at grade 4 is preferred but not essential) or a Merit grade in the Uniformed Services Diploma Level 2.

You will also need to be medically fit without any condition that would prevent you from joining the uniformed services.

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 trips and visits. Students are also required to wear a uniform whilst in attendance.

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 uniformed services, 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.

Northumbria Police
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Royal Navy
British Army

Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm. Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term

You will study a number of modules over the duration of the 2 year course, such as:

- Preparing for a career in the Uniformed Services
- Developing aspects of physical fitness
- Developing leadership skills
- Equality, diversity and inclusion
- Uniformed Services hierarchy and routine
- Values and standards
- Map reading and navigation
- Telecommunications in the Uniformed Services
- Conflict management and personal protection
- Influence of the UK government, international organisations and the media
- Emergency planning
- Impact of war and conflict
- Outdoor and adventurous expeditions
- Crime scene investigation

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What’s next?

After successfully completing the course you could go on to apply for jobs in the services or apply to universities. Completion of the course will offer a world of opportunity, past students have joined the armed services, progressed to universities such as Durham to study Law and Criminology or Outdoor Adventurous Activity and others have been successful in joining the Special Constabulary.

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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.