Public Services Courses at Derby College

Careers in the Public Services include roles in the armed forces, prisons, the police, the fire service and security. Some jobs involve working on the ‘front line’ while others are behind the scenes in support or administration.

Is this you?

  • The ability to assess situations and react quickly
  • The ability to remain calm in potentially dangerous situations
  • The ability to work alone and as part of a team
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Mature and responsible
  • Honest and reliable
  • Good fitness levels
  • Assertive and tactful

Getting into Public Services

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  • Full time at College Courses leading to careers in both the Uniformed and Non-Uniformed Public Services are offered at Derby College.
  • Apprenticeships These give you the opportunity to earn while you learn and gain a recognised qualification.
  • Higher education Many jobs within Public Services do not require a higher education qualification. However, you could need a degree for certain roles such as probation services officer or if you want to enter the armed services at senior officer level.
  • Jobs You can enter the Public Services with no qualifications through many roles from soldier, security officer, traffic warden and prison officer to the police and fire service. Emphasis for entry into these roles is based on your skills, qualities and, importantly, any relevant experience you’ve had. You can often gain such experience on a full-time course at College. Within these roles, training is normally given on the job, with the opportunity to work towards relevant qualifications.

If you’re ready for a new challenge every day and enjoy being at the heart of the action, a career in the Public Services is for you. At Derby College we’ll prepare you for an important and responsible job, one where you can truly make a difference..

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Maths and English

You need English and maths skills to get on in life. They will support your studies at the College, help with everyday tasks and pave the way to future career success.

If you don’t already have a grade C or above in GCSE English and Maths – or equivalent qualifications – you will continue studying these subjects as part of your course at Derby College.

We’ll support you all the way: working with you on the right programme of development throughout your time with us.

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When you’ve completed your course, why not broaden your horizons further still at Derby College? Additional qualifications in subjects such as Sport are exciting choices. Or check out our courses in Business, Enterprise and Management if you would like to set up a venture of your own.

Maths & English

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Luke Mahon

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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.

Did you Know?

  • The UK justice sector employs 847,000 people
  • Police and safety activities account for 60% of employment in Public Services
  • Over 260,000 people work in the police service
  • The armed forces aim to recruit 24,000 people per year
  • 78,000 people work in custodial care

Recent Vacancies

Prison officer
£16,000-£19,000 per year starting salary.
Supervising inmates in prisons, remand centres and young offenders’ institutions

Police sergeant
£36,000-£41,000 per year.
Maintaining law and order

Senior paramedic.
£34,000 per year.
Providing first aid and life support in emergency situations

RAF squadron leader
£56,000 per year.
Responsible for the welfare, discipline and development of a team

Site Information

Broomfield Hall

Courses in this area are run at our Broomfield Hall campus. About Broomfield Hall »

Useful Websites
Information from the sector skills council for justice, community safety, armed forces and legal services
Information on a range of careers in the RAF
Information on a range of careers in the Army
Information on a range of careers in the Navy

Accommodation for Learners

We offer residential accommodation at Broomfield Hall for DerbyCollege learners. Find Out More »


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