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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.
 
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
  • Public Service Skills
  • Employment and Careers in Public Services
  • Expeditions and Adventurous Activities
  • Sport and Recreation
  • Health and Fitness
  • Citizenship
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 also gain First Aid and Stewarding qualifications.
 
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.  

You will benefit from having your own tablet or laptop to develop your assignment work.

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 top e.g T-shirt or polo shirt and sweatshirt etc. DC Uniforms can be purchased for around £50.
 
All students will benefit greatly from having their own tablet or laptop to aid them with their studies.
 
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 Certificate 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. 

 

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Luke Mahon

Luke Mahon

A career in the Royal Marines

Luke Mahon has not looked back since meeting Marines as part of his Public Services course. He knew immediately where his ambitions lay – and applied to join the Royal Marines as soon as he completed his studies.

He is now a Lance Corporal, working as a platoon weapons machine gunner in a Fire Support Group – a role which demands supreme physical fitness and a need to think on his feet.

Being with the Marines takes him all over the world. He has been deployed in five African countries as well as Afghanistan, Albania, Canada, France and Germany.

I was drawn to Derby College because the staff there treat you like an adult and trust you to make your own decisions. My time at College definitely made me grow up and take responsibility for my actions.

It was the College that influenced my career choice and where I gained the qualifications I needed to enter service life. Marines are deployed wherever and whenever they are needed. I’ve been to places I would never have seen had it not been for my job.
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