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Public Services

Key Stage 5

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Services is 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 have a very practical emphasis. 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 Level 3 Qualifications: The Level 3 Extended Diploma and the Level 3 Diploma in Uniformed Public Services. All courses are based at St George's Academy. A nonuniformed 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 2 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 3.5 A levels graded A*-C. The course is available for uniformed and non-uniformed pathways. 


All the units are assessed by course work. Assessment methods could 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 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. 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.