BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Public Services


This stimulating and challenging vocational course in Uniformed Protective Services is for students who intend to study for a degree or follow a career path in Public Services.

It provides students with an opportunity to explore the unifrmed services such as Police, Fire, Ambulance, Civil Services and the Armed Forces.  

Students will gain knowledge and understanding of the public services environment along with transferrable skills such as communication and teamwork.

This is a  two year course, equivalent to one A Level.

What goes well with this course?

It is recommended to combine the BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Public Services (Uniformed Protective Services) with one or two A Level or BTEC equivalent courses.  These could include:

  • Business
  • Sport
  • Health & Social Care
  • Politics
  • Sociology

It also combines well with the following enrichment sports qualifications:


This broad basis of study for the Uniformed Protective Services sector is designed to support progressiom to higher education and/or provide a firm foundation for a career path with the Public Services.  Additionally students develop a variety of transferable skills that will set them up for all forms of employment.


Course Content

This is a vocational course designed to develop both knowledge and practical skills needed in the Public Services sector.  Over the two years, students will study units relating to:

  • Government and the Protective Services
  • Citizenship & Diversity
  • Teamwork, Leadereship and Communication in the Uniformed Protective Service.

Study is through a mixture of theory and practical activities which all students must be involved in.

In preparation for the first year of this course, please take a look at our Starting with Confidence leaflet, which will give you a head start when you begin the course in September.

Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences

Students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences. In recent years, these have included:

  • Army drill
  • Royal Marines Fitness
  • Army team building day
  • Paintballing
  • Trip to the Houses of Parliament

In addition to course specific experiences, students also have the opportunity to get involved in the College’s:

Activities Programme and Guest Speaker Programme.


This course is assessed through a combination of external assessment (58%) and internal assignments (42%).

Assessment includes:

  • Two external written exams - one on Government and the Protective Services and one on Citizenship and Diversity
  • Practical assessment in leading an activitiy
  • Internally assessed coursework, consisting of written assignments, presentations and practical assignments.   

The exam board for this BTEC is Pearson BTEC.

Entry Requirements

All students need to have at least five GCSEs at  Grade 4 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme. In addition, students should meet the following minimum GCSE requirements:
  • Grade 4 in a literate subject such as English Language, English Literature or History.
  • A Merit or above in BTEC Level 2 Public Services will also be considered
Students should have a genuine interest in the Uniformed Public Services, as much of the course will involve linking the theory learnt to actual examples from the Public Services sector.
Students will not be directly assessed on their practical ability.  However, a large element of the course requires students to be enthusiastic and willing to participate in practicals.
Those seeking to do well will need to be highly motivated and able to consistently meet coursework deadlines.



How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2018

The application form for the academic year 2018-2019 is available to download here.

Students from non-partner schools must return their forms directly to Reigate College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according the College's Admissions Policy.

Students from partner schools (Reigate, Warwick, de Stafford and Oakwood) should return their completed Partner Schools Application Form to their school. 

The initial cut-off date for applications for entry September 2018 is 1st November 2017. A student's chances of obtaining a place are higher, the earlier the application is made. Students who apply after 1st November 2017 will be placed on a waiting list.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

Download Course Leaflet

Download the BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Public Services information leaflet.

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