Public Services

Please note: Subject videos have been filmed from colleges across our Trust.
Check out for more information about this subject.

Available at:

BTEC Extended Certificate – equivalent to 1 A-Level.
BTEC Extended Diploma – equivalent to 3 A-Levels

Subject Intent: Why Public Services?

Public Services provides students with a wealth of knowledge to achieve many desired progression routes both in the services or onwards to higher education. The course is delivered in a way that help promote transferable skills and appropriately prepares students for academic progression or a route straight into employment, whilst also focusing on wellbeing and highlighting the importance of exercise and factors that can impact the body.

Why should I study this subject?

We offer different size qualifications on the Uniformed Protective Services course from the Extended Certificate (1 A-Level equivalent) to the Extended Diploma (3 A-Level equivalent). The course is an introduction to the protective services sector and predominantly focuses on agencies such as the police, fire service, armed services and prison service. This pathway is ideal for supporting learners who want to progress to higher education courses relating to the sector, before entering employment. The course is diverse, exciting and challenging and gives learners the opportunity to not only study inside the classroom but to also take part in fitness focused units and various offsite activities.

What will I study?

Each course is made up of various units comprised of both internally assessed coursework and one or more externally assessed exam. The content delivered on the course is varied and may include some of the below units.
• Behaviour and discipline in the Uniformed Protective Services
• Teamwork, leadership and communication in the uniformed Protective Services
• Physical preparation, health and wellbeing
• Skills for outdoor activities and the Uniformed Protective Services
• Introduction to criminology

Studying BTEC Public Services has opened many different job opportunities for me within the Public Services ranging from the police, RAF, army and much more. The course has enabled me to gain an amazing insight into what it really means to be a part of the protective services and has allowed me to gain relevant skills and knowledge.

Harvey Dixon
Ridgewood School

What are the entry requirements?

Please refer to our Course Specific Entry Requirements table here