BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Uniformed Public Services


This course is equivalent to three A Levels and will give you a thorough and practical insight into the public services sector.

This course will prepare you for the mental and physical demands of life in the services, whether you decide to go straight into industry or continue to university-level
study. You’ll benefit from being taught by professionals with years of service in the uniformed public services and who still work in close collaboration with the police, fire
and ambulance services.
Designed to provide highly specialised work related knowledge, you will develop the understanding and skills sought by employers in a wide range of uniformed public services. With your positive outlook and willingness to step out of your comfort zone, you will take part in a number of different activities which may include: four-day residential to Snowdonia, two day expedition in Pembrokeshire, radio and communication,
Royal Marines visit, climbing, caving, kayaking, hill walking, service fitness/exercise drills, military unarmed combat/physical intervention and conflict management
through a series of role plays.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Uniformed Public Services

Two years

Progression routes shown are dependent on successful completion of qualifications and meeting entry criteria.
Study options may include:
• HNC in Public Services
• BSc (Hons) in Outdoor Adventure
Leadership and Management
• Foundation Degrees and higher education in relevant subjects
Employment options may include:
• The Armed Forces
• Emergency Services
• Outdoor Education
• Statutory Agencies e.g. Local Council, Child Welfare, Youth Offending and Traffic Enforcement
• Security Services

Course Costs
Please note that any costs shown here are subject to change and that there may be additional material costs for your course.
There are various bursaries available to support eligible students with course-related costs.

Aged 16-18 years
There are no tuition or examination fees

Aged 19 or over (at the start of the course)
Different fees apply depending on your individual circumstances and prior qualifications. Please telephone 01691 688029 to speak to somebody who will be able to help.

What does this subject include?

Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Uniformed Public Services consists of five core units plus 13 optional specialist units. Units you will cover include:

  • Understanding Discipline in the Uniformed Public Services
  • Fitness Testing and Training for the Uniformed Public Services
  • Physical Preparation, Health and Lifestyle for the Public Services
  • Skills for Land-based Outdoor and Adventurous Activities
  • Skills for Land-based Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

What is the structure of the course?

The course is studied over two years at NSC’s Oswestry Campus. The course will focus on developing a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attitudes essential to enter employment in the Public Service sector. Learning will be varied and active. There will be regular visits to public service organisations along with a range of study trips and day visits designed to enhance knowledge and team working skills.

Assessment is continuous and industry related, with assignments, projects and practical work. All full-time students are required to study maths and English at the appropriate level.

What are the entry requirements?

  • Four GCSE passes at grade 4 or above,(including maths or English) or a Merit or above in the BTEC Level 2 Uniformed Public Services
  • Successful interview and initial assessment
  • You will need to demonstrate an enthusiasm for this subject area

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