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Level: 3

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

If you have a keen interest in joining the Uniformed Public Services, this programme develops your knowledge and skills, potentially over three years, enabling you to resit your GCSE in Maths.

This particular course is linked to the Run Derby Academy and as such every student will get involved in the planning, development and delivery of major race events such as the Ramathon and Wilne 10k.

Emphasis is placed on skills development at this level and so a supportive programme of maths or English is compulsory within the course.  

Students are expected to engage in supporting a range of community and regional events. This means that weekends will often be part of the academic timetable in order to fulfil work experience placements.

Entry requirements

You will need to complete an interview and screening test in maths and English. The entry requirements for this course are for the majority of GCSEs to be graded between 9-4, with a grade 3 (D) in Maths.
 
The first year of the study programme will focus on the achievement of the GCSE re-sit, with a Public Services programme supporting the timetable in order for you to progress to the Diploma in Public Services in Year 2.
 
Any achievements in BTEC Public Services qualifications at Level 2 will only be considered if at Merit or Distinction grade.
 
You are expected to maintain high standards of discipline, punctuality and attendance. It is essential that you work to the deadlines set or you risk the chance of not achieving your programme of study.
 
Practical sessions are compulsory, so you must be physically able to
take part in both indoor and outdoor sessions.

We expect students to have enthusiasm for helping the community and a commitment to improving their academic and vocational skills in order to progress to higher levels of study.

 

Course Content

The course is made up of a number of units which can include:
  • GCSE Maths
  • Citizenship
  • Leadership and Teamwork
  • Physical Preparation
  • Government
  • Work Placement
It also includes a tutorial session to monitor your progress, set targets, support your main programme of study, help your future progression and enhance your life skills.
 
You need to be aware that certain volunteering events and work placements take place at weekends or evenings and you will be expected to attend these. We ask that you understand this expectation before you commit to other activities as many of the Run Derby events depend on your involvement to enable them to run safely and efficiently.
 
You have to fulfil a minimum of 72 hours of work placement. Many of these hours will be offered to you through our existing partnerships with employers.
 
 
 
 

 

How will I be assessed?

You will build a portfolio based around evidence generated by the various assessment methods in each unit. You are expected to work on multiple assessments at any one time.

You will be assessed through practical demonstrations, logbooks and performance records, written reports and essays, presentations, workbooks, discussions and vivas. Maths will be assessed through final exams.  

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need to have a uniform that is worn every day and when you are on work experience. The minimum expectation for uniform is that you wear a plain black T-shirt or polo shirt and sweatshirt etc. DC Uniforms can be purchased for £50.
 
All learners must have a tablet or laptop to aid them with their studies.
 
A one-off payment of £50 is required as a contribution towards the end-of-year celebration event, DBS requirements, transport, trips and guest speakers. This money is to be received before November and in return you will have free gym membership for the academic year.
 
There may be additional costs incurred for selected trips or visits.
 
Overseas work placements are available.

For applicants from outside the region or who travel over distance, the College has residential accommodation if required.

Residential accommodation is based at Broomfield Hall Campus. It is single occupancy with a daily meal allowance included in the fees. For further information about our 'outstanding' Ofsted-rated accommodation provision, please contact maria.banks@derby-college.ac.uk.

 

What can I do after this course?

Further study
 
On successful completion, this course provides an excellent platform for progression to the:
  • Diploma in Public Services
  • Extended Diploma in Public Services
  • Foundation Degree in Criminology (Offender Management)
 
Careers
 
You may also wish to seek voluntary or paid employment in the Public Services or security industry as a door supervisor, CCTV operator or security guard. You could also apply for the special constabulary or reservist forces. You do not, of course, have to enter the Public Services as the skills gained on this course are transferable to a wider range of job areas. 

 

This course is run at the Broomfield Hall Campus

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Student X

Ex-public services student joins battle against child sex and terror

*In this instance the student will remain anonymous because of the confidential nature of their career.
A former Derby College public services student is joining the National Crime Agency to help bring to justice child sex offenders and terrorists.
He opted to take BTECs at the college rather than A levels because they were tailor-made for what he needed. He enjoyed the courses but admits he could have worked harder.
Then, starting a foundation degree, there was a crisis in the family. The keen student developed his knowledge and went on to gain further qualifications. Now, after a stringent vetting process involving both himself and his family, he is awaiting a start date with the agency.
He will work as a G6 officer in child sexual exploitation and anti-terrorism “alongside officers to make sure everything is ready for interviews.”
“Derby College helped me massively, 100 per cent,” he said.

I had to mature quickly. I thought about dropping out, but my lecturers helped me so much, they gave me leeway. They’d ask me after a lecture how I was, personally, and gave me a little extra help.



I’d recommend the college to anybody interested in the field.

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