This stimulating and challenging vocational course 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 uniformed 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 transferable 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 Subsidiary Diploma in Public Services with one or two A Level or BTEC equivalent courses.  These could include:

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


Following completion of the course, students go on to pursue a range of careers in Public Services.  Students also develop a variety of transferable skills that will equip them for many 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 Policies
  • Leadership and Teamwork
  • Citizenship and Diversity
  • Physical Preparation, Health & Lifestyle
  • Understanding Discipline in the Public Services

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

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:

Activities Programme

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

Work Experience

All students need to gain an experience of the work place during their time at College and for students studying vocational courses it should ideally be linked to one of their subject areas.


This course is assessed entirely through continuous coursework. Coursework units will involve writing reports, individual or group presentations and practical tasks.     

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 participate in practicals and students should be prepared to be fully engaged in these. 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 2020

Students from partner schools (Reigate, Warwick, de Stafford and Oakwood) should complete an online application under the guidance of their school.

All other applicants should download and return the 2020 application form.

All applications will be considered according to the College’s Admissions Policy.

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

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