NSCG | Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Services
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Course overview

If you’re interested in joining one of the uniformed public services, such as the Police Force, Ambulance Service, Fire and Rescue Service, British Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, Prison Service or Maritime and Coastguard Agency a Public Services course at Stafford College will prepare you for the mental and physical demands of life in the services.

You will be taught by professionals with years of service in the uniformed public services so you will benefit from outstanding expertise and vast knowledge.
The course lasts for two years. You will gain knowledge and understanding of a wide range of public services and study modules such as Citizenship and Diversity, Custodial Care, Police Powers and the Law.
Units include:
• Citizenship and Diversity (Pearson-set)
• Behaviour and Discipline in the Uniformed Protective Services
• Physical Preparation, Health and Wellbeing
• Teamwork, Leadership and Communication in the Uniformed Protective Services
• Custodial Care
• Expedition Skills
• Police Powers and the Law
• Several other protective industry relevant topics

The course uses a blended learning approach, mixing classroom theory with a hands on experience. From time to time you will work on individual projects, as well as getting together with your other class mates to produce pieces of group work. To ensure that the course caters for all abilities and learning styles we make sure that our lessons cater for students who like to learn by doing, or listening and reflecting on what they have been shown.

Maths and English
Alongside your course you will study maths and/or English to improve your skills in these vital subjects by attending structured weekly sessions as part of your timetable. Maths and English development is also integrated in practical assignments.

What else do I need to know?

There is a requirement to wear the college public service uniform which is supplied through Nike and can be ordered once you have successfully gained a place on the course

What are the entry requirements?

Usually a minimum of four or more high grades at GCSE (4-9) in subjects that are relevant to the course you’d like to study, including maths and/or English. Alternatively, you’ll need a Level 2 Diploma with overall Merit in a relevant subject and maths and English at appropriate levels. You are also asked to attend a college interview to establish that the course is suitable for you. It’s worth remembering that the course includes fitness testing, physical activity and outdoor activities.

How is it assessed?

The course is accredited by BTEC. There is no final written examination as you achieve your qualification through continuous assessment throughout the two years. The assessments will come in many forms, including written assignment work, project work, presentations, group work, and practical-based assessments. It is demanding and you will need to be organised and be able to work independently from time to time. Throughout the course you will collect evidence of your competence in each unit. The work completed in each unit is graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Within your first year there are two units that are externally assessed which are written exams and include Unit 2: Behaviour and Discipline in the Uniformed Protective Services and Unit 6: Government and the Protective Services

What financial support is on offer?

This course is free for anyone aged 16 – 18. If you are outside this age group please contact 01782 254188.
College Maintenance Allowance (CMA): Anyone with a household income under £23,000 can receive up to £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances. For more details visit www.nscg.ac.uk/finance

What can I do next?

On completion of this uniformed public service course many students continue study in some aspect of public services (e.g. Criminology, Law, Forensics, Policing) on a Higher Education course including our HNC/HND Public Services at the College. Other students go straight into employment in one of the uniformed public services (e.g. Police, Fire and Rescue, Probation Service). Past students, for example have been successful in their applications to the RAF, Fire and Rescue Service, Police Service, Army and Navy.

How do I find out more?

If you wish to find out more you can contact Mark Kent, by emailing: mark.kent3@nscg.ac.uk

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