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Level: 3

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Adult Loan Amount: 2573.00****

Interview: Y

Course Summary

If you have a keen interest in joining Uniformed Public Services such as the Army, Navy, Marines, Royal Air Force, Ambulance Service, Police or Fire and Rescue Service, this programme develops your knowledge and skills in this area, while also providing you with qualifications such as Safeguarding and First Aid.

In both practical and theoretical settings, you will study advanced concepts in teamwork, leadership and communication, behaviour and discipline, and police powers and law before moving on to study citizenship, government, criminology and physical preparation in subsequent years. This is the first year in a suite of Level 3 qualifications.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for this course are for the majority of your GCSEs to be graded between 7-4 including English and Maths. Should your grade profile support this, then a resit in English or Maths will be considered.
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  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.
You will also be expected to volunteer at selected weekends throughout the year as students on this course 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.

Course Content

The course is made up of three units which include:
  • Behaviour and Discipline in the UPS
  • Team Work, Leadership and Communication
  • Police Powers and Law
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 may also complete Safeguarding and First Aid qualifications as part of your study programme.
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 an online 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.

Unit 2: Behaviour and Discipline is assessed via an externally set and marked exam.

Your attendance will be monitored with the expectation of maintaining over 95% attendance throughout the course.

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 the uniform is that you wear a plain black T-shirt or polo shirt and sweatshirt etc. 
All learners would benefit from having their own tablet or laptop to aid them with their studies.
There may be additional costs incurred for selected trips or visits.


What can I do after this course?

Further Study
On successful completion of this programme, students should expect to enrol on Year 2 of the suite of courses:
  • Level 3 Diploma / Extended Diploma in Public Services (Years 2/3)

You could then progress to the Level 5 Foundation Degree in Criminology (Offender Management).

You may also wish to seek voluntary or paid employment in the Public Services or security industry as a door supervisor, CCTV operator, security guard or to apply for the special constabulary or reservist defence 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. 


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Charis Oliver

Charis Oliver

Trainee police officer Charis found DCG degree course invaluable

Work experience gained on her Derby College degree course proved invaluable when trainee police officer Charis Oliver applied to join Leicestershire Police.
Charis, who is 21, completed a BA (Hons) in Security & Offender Management at Broomfield after lecturers on her BTEC level 3 Public Services course convinced her to move on to higher education.
Charis had never thought of herself as academic, but after finishing a foundation degree in Criminal Justice, she went on to to gain her full degree – also achieving a Higher Education Peak Award in 2019.
Now based with Leicestershire Police in Loughborough, she added: “What I learned on the BA (Hons) course definitely gave me an advantage, especially when I was applying to join the police. Literally thousands of people apply every year so there’s huge competition for probationary training places and the selection process is rigorous. I practised for months and months before my interviews.
“On my foundation degree we had some great work experience organised through Derby College, including covert security testing at airports and the chance to work with offenders in prisons. I talked about this in my interviews and the police were really interested – especially in the covert security work.”
And Charis was also grateful that her degree course covered presenting skills. 
She added: “Part of the police selection process involved me giving a presentation. As always, my lecturer Chrissie was immensely helpful and supportive. She even offered to provide me with some students so I had an audience to practise on.”

What I learned on the BA (Hons) course definitely gave me an advantage, especially when I was applying to join the police. Literally thousands of people apply every year so there’s huge competition for probationary training places and the selection process is rigorous. I practised for months and months before my interviews


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