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