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Public Services

The BTEC Level 2 and 3 qualifications are designed to equip learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for a successful career in any of the uniformed or non-uniformed Public Services. Public Services are at the very heart of our community, and those who pursue a career within a public service will be fulfilling a vital role in society. The BTEC Level 3 Public Service qualifications are run over two years and have a very practical emphasis. The Level 2 qualification is a one-year course for those interested in a career the Public Services, or those who may wish to access the Level 3 qualification. On completion, learners will have taken an important first step onto the ladder of a well-structured and rewarding career with one of the largest employment sectors in the UK.

We currently offer the following BTEC Qualifications: The Level 3 Extended Diploma, the Level 3 Diploma in Uniformed Public Services and the Level 2 Diploma in Public Services. All courses are based at St George's Academy. A non-uniformed option at Level 3 is also available, although students will still wear the public service uniform.

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma and the Level 3 Diploma in Public Services (Uniformed) are two-year courses that consists of mandatory and optional units that provide a combined total of 180 or 120 credits respectively. The Level 3 Extended Diploma carries up to 168 UCAS Tariff Points and is broadly equivalent to 3 A Levels graded A*-C. The courses are available for uniformed and non-uniformed pathways.

During the Level 2 course, you will examine a range of uniformed and non-uniformed public services.  You will learn about the various levels of fitness required to join a public service and take part in practical leadership training. You will also study various subjects to enhance the contribution you can make to your future employment and can, for example, take entry tests with a number of public services. Visits are a regular part of the course and include work experience with the Armed Forces.
All the units are currently assessed by coursework. Assessment methods include essays, projects, presentations and attendance at practical events such as residential experiences and other activities. Our students also use training opportunities provided by the emergency services and armed forces.

You may wish to use the Level 3 qualification and UCAS points to gain entry to a university. Students who go to university do not necessarily need to study a public service related degree. Our students have gone into Policing & Criminology; Teaching; Sport; Emergency Management; Nursing and Outdoor management. Others may use the qualification in order to enter specialist areas of employment, obtain a commission in the Armed Services or seek direct employment in the public service sector, such as the Police, Fire & Rescue Service or the Immigration and Border Agency.

The BTEC Level 2 Diploma gives you a qualification equivalent to 4 GCSEs A*-C.  The aim of the course is to enable each student to make an informed judgement on their personal suitability for a career within any of the public services. The course provides a detailed insight into the work undertaken by a wide range of public services and the different career opportunities that are available to you.