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Level: 2

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This Level 2 Public Services study programme is designed for students with mid-level GCSE grades (4-3) who did not achieve English and Maths at grade 4 or above.

Your study pathway will focus on the achievement and development of maths and English skills while covering concepts of leadership and security within the Public Services. This programme has the option of a further year's study at this level to ensure the achievement of GCSE English or Maths.

Students will need to be focused on the completion of their skills programme in order to advance to higher level qualifications and to open up greater chances of employment. In both practical and theoretical settings, you will study what the Public Services can offer and where the employment growth markets are within the sector.

Students on this course are expected to engage in supporting a range of community and regional events. This will mean 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 are for students with the majority of GCSEs graded between 4-3, with English and/or Maths at grade 3. Your individual timetable will be developed around your skills needs.
 
The study programme will focus on the achievement of English and maths skills, with a Public Services programme supporting the timetable.
 
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 English and/or Maths
  • Functional Maths and/or English
  • The role of the Public Services
  • Employment
  • Expeditions and Adventurous Activities
  • Physical Preparation
  • Work Placement
  • Security
It also includes a tutorial session to monitor your progress, set targets and support your main programme of study, help your future progression and enhance your life skills. Students will gain First Aid and Stewarding qualifications on this study programme.
 
The completion of your GCSE will enable you to apply for higher level courses. Please enquire for details about how you can develop your skills at this level over two years.
 
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 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 and English will be assessed through course work, controlled assessment and final exam.  

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 programmes such as the:
  • Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Public Services
  • Level 2 Careers in Sport
  • Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Sport
 
Careers
 
You may also wish to seek voluntary or paid employment in the Public Services or in the security industry as a door supervisor, CCTV operator or security guard.  You can 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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About Broomfield Hall »

Will Morgan

Will Morgan

Public Services course leads to career

Coming to Derby College changed my life and gave me the confidence to follow my dreams and key work ethics such as punctuality and respect.


"I grew up very small and skinny and finished school with low confidence.
"I then enrolled in Public Services with a dream of being a soldier.


"Slowly but surely I gained in confidence and the turning point was when we went to Lympstone to participate in a 'Look at Life' course with the Royal Marines.


"A Corporal there and my lecturer Jon Agyeman made me feel ten feet tall and I left there feeling that I could chop down a mountain with my bare hands.


"I joined 7 Para RHA, part of 16 air assault brigade – serving a frontline tour of Afghanistan as a signaller as part of the Brigade Reconnaissance force. I was also deployed on security at the London 2012 Olympics.


"After leaving the Army, I re-trained in security and am now a Security Manager based at Highcross shopping centre in Leicester and in charge of a large operational team. I also work on crisis management and anti-terrorism.


"I love working in security as it is very similar to Army and I enjoy training and empowering people.

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