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Level 3 Certificate in Uniformed Protective Services

This programme offers you the opportunity to learn and gain skills required for successful careers in the military, navy, marine, air force, ambulance service, police or fire service.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: A Levels
School Leaver - Academic
Location: Joseph Wright Centre
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: 3
Number Of Years: 1
Interview Required?: Y
Joseph Wright Centre

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Course Information for Students

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.

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.

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.

This course will be delivered on-site at the Joseph Wright Centre.

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.

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.

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).

For more information contact Derby College on 0800 0280289 or

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 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 Community Support Officers


Police Community Support Officers

Senior Police Officers


Senior Police Officers

Police Officers (Sergeant and Below)


Police Officers (Sergeant and Below)

Local Government Administrative Occupations


Local Government Administrative Occupations

Security Guards and Related Occupations


Security Guards and Related Occupations

Fire Service Officers (Watch Manager and Below)


Fire Service Officers (Watch Manager and Below)

Senior Officers in Fire, Ambulance, Prison and Related Services


Senior Officers in Fire, Ambulance, Prison and Related Services

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DCG Success Stories

Josh Randall

Josh Randall

Public Services course helps Josh prepare for life as hydrographer in Royal Navy

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.

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Course Information Last Updated On: July 14, 2022 2:18 pm