Hello and welcome to Reigate College’s Public Services Department.
My name is Nicky Avery and I’m Head of BTEC Public Services. I’m looking forward to meeting you in person and welcoming you to the department at the start of the academic year. In the meantime, I’d like you to complete a series of tasks over the coming weeks and months.
Public Services will be a new course for most of you so it’s really important to make sure you’re as prepared as possible before you start. These tasks have been designed to introduce you to the subject and for you to complete on your own at home. There’ll be the chance to share what you’ve learnt when you join in September.
All of the tasks should be completed by Choices Day on 25 August. Please throw yourself into each task, and above all enjoy them!
The tasks will be released here in three phases:
Explore your Subject – 4 May
The role of the Public Services
Services are here to help, support and protect members of all communities. They
have to deal with a wide range of incidents in an efficient, professional and
effective manner. Knowledge of the way they work is essential for all units
within BTEC Level 3 Public Services.
Introducing the different Services
Services can be divided into five groups of services.
For each group below, write down two other examples of a service:
Services – e.g. Police
The Armed Services – e.g.
Government – e.g. Department for
Local Government – e.g.
Recycling and refuse centre
Services – e.g. Mountain Rescue
Although the Public
Services are divided into five different groups, they often work together to
Research and give examples of how the different groups of Public
Services have worked together to plan for and respond to the following
Northern England flooding, November 2019 to February 2020
Terrorist incidents such as the Streatham attack in 2020
You may find the following websites useful in your research for the above tasks.
You should complete
this section of tasks by 1 June.
Get Going – 1 June
complete this section of tasks by 1 July.
Qualities for Public Service
Obedience and conformity
are essential qualities when in the Armed Forces. They’re also a topic that’s
discussed in detail in Unit 4 – Understanding
Discipline in the Uniformed Public Services, in the BTEC Level 3 Public
TASK: Watch the following video about the Milgram Experiment and answer
the question below:
What do you think the implications are of an experiment like this
in relation to:
the participants in the experiment?
the UK Public Services such as the
British Army, RAF and Royal Navy?
the nature of human beings and what they are capable of?
You should write your answers down, giving reasons for your
Aim High – 1 July
complete all tasks by Choices Day on 25 August.
Joining the Uniformed Public Services
For Unit 5 (Physical Preparation, Health and Lifestyle for the
Public Services) of the BTEC Level 3 Public Services course, we look into how
you would join the Uniformed Public Services, and so we’d like you to start
exploring this in the next task.
TASK 1: Choose a Uniformed Public Service and research the entrance
requirements and tests that form part of the application process.
Some examples of Uniformed Public Services are listed below (this
is not an exclusive list, so feel free to choose your own example to research):
Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Royal
You may find the following websites useful in your research:
Public Services is a ‘real world’ subject, giving rise to topical discussion points in society all the time. For example, consider the story of Shamima Begum.
Shamima Begum is a British-born woman. She left the UK, aged 15,
to join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Syria. Her intention to
return to the UK in 2019 resulted in a public debate about the handling of
returning jihadists. You can read more about her at: