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Note - you only need to make one application for A-levels. You can specify the additional A-Levels you wish to study when you fill out the application form

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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 1

Adult Loan Amount: 724.00****

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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 for careers in these industries.

In both practical and theoretical settings, you will study advanced concepts in behaviour and discipline, and police powers and law. This is a one-year qualification equivalent to 0.5 A-levels.

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. 
 
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.
 

Course Content

The course is made up of two units which include:
  • Behaviour and Discipline in the UPS
  • 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 be offered some additional qualifications alongside your studies, such as in safeguarding.
 
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 certain 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 may wish to enrol on Year 2/3 of the suite of courses at Broomfield Hall:
  • Level 3 Foundation Diploma / Extended Diploma in Public Services (Years 2/3)

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

 

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Note - you only need to make one application for A-levels. You can specify the additional A-Levels you wish to study when you fill out the application form

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Hannah McDonald

Hannah McDonald

Confidence gained in English lectures helps A level student Hannah secure policing role

Confidence gained in English lectures helps A level student Hannah secure policing role Learning how to share her opinion, build her vocabulary and speak more effectively has given former Derby College A Levels student Hannah McDonald a good grounding for a career with the police.
 
Hannah, who is 18 and from Newton, is soon to become a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) following a rigorous recruitment procedure.
 
She has also secured a place on the Professional Policing BA (Hons) degree course at Nottingham Trent University, deferred until September 2021.
 
In her PCSO role, Hannah will be based in Ripley and Chesterfield, supporting Derbyshire Police by going into schools to talk about issues such as knife crime and road safety. 
 
Hannah, who took law, psychology and combined English Literature and English Language A levels at Joseph Wright Centre, found her English lecturers especially helpful.
 
She said: “I’d thought English was all about reading books but it’s about so much more. It’s about being put under pressure and trusting your opinions enough to share them or put them in an essay, because English is so subjective and there’s never a wrong answer. In our English classes we gave PowerPoint presentations to the class, so we got used to sharing our ideas and opinions.
 
The course also enhanced my communication skills. It enabled me to build up my vocabulary to speak more effectively.”
 
These abilities gave Hannah the confidence to volunteer at a local primary school, helping children with maths and English, on her Wednesday mornings off from College – experience which she is  sure led to her getting her PCSO role.
 
She added: “There aren’t many PCSO places so it’s extremely competitive and it was a tough recruitment process. My English lecturers were incredibly supportive in helping me prepare my application, even though we’ve not been at College for months because of lockdown.
 
Going to JWC has definitely been confidence-building and a good grounding for my police career. My English teachers taught me how to speak up for myself and not be afraid to give my opinion.”

There aren’t many PCSO places so it’s extremely competitive and it was a tough recruitment process. My English lecturers were incredibly supportive in helping me prepare my application, even though we’ve not been at College for months because of lockdown.


“Going to JWC has definitely been confidence-building and a good grounding for my police career. My English teachers taught me how to speak up for myself and not be afraid to give my opinion.

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