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Foundation Diploma in Uniformed Protective Services – Level 3

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, leadership or the security sector. This is the first year of a two-year programme equivalent to studying three A-levels.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Public Services and Security
School Leaver - Vocational/Technical
Location: Broomfield Hall
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: 3
Number Of Years: 2
Interview Required?: Y
Broomfield Hall

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Course Information for Students

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 a named Public Service, or should be looking to develop their leadership skills or knowledge of the security sector. This is the first year of a two-year programme equivalent to studying three A-levels.

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, criminology, citizenship, and police powers and the law.

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 entry requirements are for the majority of your GCSE grades to be between 9-5, including English and Maths. Students should have a clear target for further study at university.

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. You will be expected to lead groups and work as a team.

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.

The course is made up of a number of units which can include:

  • Citizenship
  • Behaviour and Discipline
  • Teamwork and Leadership
  • Introduction to Criminology
  • 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 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 54 hours of work placement. Many of these hours will be offered to you through our existing partnerships with employers.

In advance you may wish to consider Police, Fire Service, Army, Navy or Air Cadets for a further understanding of this sector.

This course will be delivered on-site.

You are encouraged to use a laptop to aid your studies.

You will succeed with a positive mindset, self discipline and a “can do” attitude.

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. DCG-branded uniforms can be purchased for around £50.

All learners are advised to have a tablet or laptop to aid them with their studies.

There may be additional costs incurred for selected trips or visits.

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.

Further Study

On successful completion, the programme provides an excellent platform for progression to courses such as the:

  • Level 3 Extended Diploma in Uniformed Protective Services (Year 2)
  • Level 5 Foundation Degree in Criminology (Offender Management)


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. 

For more information, contact Derby College Group on 0800 0280289 or or tweet us @derbycollegeps

Course Information for Employers

If you are an employer and would like to know more about the apprenticeships and professional training we deliver or how you can get involved in co-creating and co-delivering the curriculum, please contact us via email on, call us on 01332 387 421 or visit our employer pages here.

Career Information

This course could lead to one of these careers...


Police Officers (Sergeant and Below)


Police Officers (Sergeant and Below)


Shelf Fillers


Shelf Fillers

Physical Scientists


Physical Scientists

Protective Service Associate Professionals


Protective Service Associate Professionals


Health Services and Public Health Managers and Directors


Health Services and Public Health Managers and Directors


Prison Service Officers (Below Principal Officer)


Prison Service Officers (Below Principal Officer)


Fire Service Officers (Watch Manager and Below)


Fire Service Officers (Watch Manager and Below)

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DCG Success Stories

Former Derby College student Holly, a young lady with blonde hair wearing a hi-viz police gilet and uniform.

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PCSO Holly so glad she chose Broomfield uniformed services course

I enrolled on the level 3 course at Broomfield and just fell in love with it. It was the best two years of my life. I was with such a great group of people and made lifelong friends. I also loved the freedom we had at College – something I’d not had in sixth form – and our tutors were great; so helpful.

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Former uniformed services student Harry is now police degree apprentice.

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Public Services course leads to career

Coming to Derby College changed my life and gave me the confidence to follow my dreams and key work ethics such as punctuality and respect. I grew up very small and skinny and finished school with low confidence. I then enrolled in Public Services with a dream of being a soldier. Slowly but surely I gained in confidence and the turning point was when we went to Lympstone to participate in a 'Look at Life' course with the Royal Marines. A Corporal there and my lecturer Jon Agyeman made me feel ten feet tall and I left there feeling that I could chop down a mountain with my bare hands. I joined 7 Para RHA, part of 16 air assault brigade – serving a frontline tour of Afghanistan as a signaller as part of the Brigade Reconnaissance force. I was also deployed on security at the London 2012 Olympics. After leaving the Army, I re-trained in security and am now a Security Manager based at Highcross shopping centre in Leicester and in charge of a large operational team. I also work on crisis management and anti-terrorism. I love working in security as it is very similar to Army and I enjoy training and empowering people.

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Alex Holmes

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Uniformed Public Services learner is the current international junior archery champion

I train three times a week in the winter and four times a week in the summer season. Most of my competitions are during the summer which involves me travelling around the country most weekends to get the scores I need to qualify for England and GB.

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Course Information Last Updated On: May 17, 2024 1:31 pm