This programme is an ideal route for students who have a clear target for future studies at university. Students should have a keen interest in the Public Services, outdoor activity leadership or the security sector. This is the first year of a two-year programme equivalent to studying three A-Levels.
All students will be offered a conditional place on our Foundation Degree in Criminology (Offender Management) when progressing to Year 2 of the programme.
The programme develops your knowledge and skills over two years, enabling you to progress to higher education studies. In both practical and theoretical settings, you will study advanced concepts in teamwork and leadership, physical preparation, behaviour and discipline, citizenship, and police powers and the law.
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.
There is a written exam which is externally set and marked for Unit 2: Behaviour and Discipline.
On successful completion, the programme provides an excellent platform for progression to courses such as the:
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. Alternatively, you could 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.
Taking a BTEC level 3 course in Public Services at Derby College has helped former Ilkeston student Josh Randall to prepare for an exciting life in the Royal Navy.Josh, who completed his basic training at HMS Raleigh last October, joins his first ship this summer and can't wait.Josh is from a military family (his dad was formerly in the army and his brother is currently a serving soldier) but had originally thought of doing something different when he left school.Finding out about the Royal Navy's careers in hydrography changed all that though and he applied to join the service shortly after leaving school.As a hydrographer, Josh will be involved in mapping seas and oceans – a role which combines his love of science, geography and global travel.Josh, who is now 17, is so pleased he took the Derby College course before embarking on his naval career.He found the BTEC gave him greater insight into what to expect in the armed forces and provided him with useful information on legal aspects, such as The Geneva Convention.It also taught him the importance of team leadership:
He said: "Leading a team when you're only 16 is a big ask, but the Derby College course gave me confidence and was great experience. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone thinking of joining the armed forces."