Course Overview

This course is ideal for learners who have a keen interest in the public services sector or wish to start a career in areas such as the RAF, Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Police, Prison or Fire Service. Students will develop communication skills used in leadership and teamwork, learn more about uniformed services and understand and develop practical skills such as land navigation; as well as study crime and its effects on society.

Within this course learners will get the opportunity to go on trips, previously students have been on residential trips to Army camps.

You could complement your studies with enrichment activities including First Aid, Duke of Edinburgh, Law society or Sports Leader Award.

Who is this course aimed at?

This course is aimed at students who:

  • Have a keen interest in the public services
  • Would like to progress in careers such as RAF, Royal Nay, Royal Marines, Police, Prison or Fire Service
  • Would like to progress onto Higher Education in Social Sciences, Criminology, Politics or Law related fields
  • That can apply themselves to academic and practical areas of law, social sciences, politics and health and fitness
  • That are a good team player

What will you learn?

This course is assessed by practical activities, group projects and written assignments The Units are:

  • Government Policies and the Public Services: This enables the learner to understand the different levels of UK government
  • Leadership and Team work in the Public Services: This develops communication skills used in leadership and teamwork
  • Citizenship, Diversity and the Public Services:
  • Land Navigation with map and compass: This involves understanding how to use map and compass to undertake a low level hill walk
  • Outdoor & Adventurous Expeditions: This involves planning and undertaking two 2-day expeditions
  • Understanding Discipline in the Uniformed Public Services
  • Exercise, Health & lifestyle: Assessing the health & well-being of an individual, providing advice on lifestyle improvement
  • Crime & its Effect on Society: Looks at crime and disorder legislation, sentences and orders
  • Understand the Impact of War, Conflict and Terrorism on Public Services: This unit looks at the effects of war, conflict and terrorism on the UK
  • Career Planning for the Public services: The application and selection process when pursuing a career in the public services
  • Current & Media Affairs in Public Services: Learning about the role of the media and how it is regulated

BTEC Level Three

Course Leader:
Stephen Robson

Course Length:
Two Years

Entry Requirements:
GCSE Grade 4 in English and a creative subject with an average points score of 3.2 or above.

How is the course assessed:
This course is assessed by practical activities, group projects and written assignments.


The Public Services course is fantastic, with a teacher who always keeps the lessons fun ad with a great set of students, you can't go far wrong!

Harry Anderson, Queen Elizabeth High School , Gainsborough Academy