Public Service Pathway to Employment Level 3 Extended Diploma

Course Information

  • Course Code: HS043-Y1
  • Duration: 2 academic years
  • Validated by: EDEXCEL
  • Study Mode: Full time

Looking for a head start to being employed in the Public Service sector? Then this is the right course for you if you want to join any of the following:

  • Police
  • Royal Navy
  • Army
  • RAF
  • Fire Service
  • Prison and Probation Service

Did you know Blackburn College has a wealth of experience working collaboratively with the Public Service sector to deliver courses that offer students the practical skills needed to progress directly into employment, a Higher Apprenticeship or onto University.

Our longstanding relationships mean that we understand the skills the Public Services sector is looking for and deliver them to an exceptional standard.

We also offer placement opportunities meaning you gain real life experience, so you are part of the action even while you are learning.

The level 3 Extended Public Services course is delivered within a real life practical environment by ex-uniformed public service staff who have extensive experience in their field. This means you get to learn what really happens first hand from the specialists.

We have specifically designed the course to allow learners to develop not only their academic knowledge but their key skills such as communication, teamwork, strategic thinking, problem solving and resilience which are all key to becoming a member of the public services workforce.

The Army, Navy, Police, RAF and Fire Service deliver sessions job roles within the services and provide physical training sessions both on and off campus as well as the opportunity to take part in a residential to further develop personal and social skills


What will I study?

This pathway to employment in the Public Services course is made up of subjects directly relevant to a future career in your chosen service.

The specialist units explore particular topics in depth and have been developed through our strong links with the Police, Fire Service, Army, RAF and the Royal Navy. 

Units cover topics such as:

  • Government, Policies and Public Services.
  • Citizenship, Diversity and the Public services.
  • Understanding Discipline in the Public Services.
  • Fitness Testing and Training for the Uniformed Public Services.
  • Skills for land and water based outdoor and adventurous activities.
  • Expedition Skills
  • Police powers 
  • Security procedures
  • Planning and Management of Major Incidents.
  • Aspects of the legal system.
  • career planning

You will take part in trips and visits to Ewood Park Communications Room, Somme Barracks, Blackburn Fire Station plus an outward bound residential to enhance your expedition skills during which you will take part in rock climbing and kayaking. 

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 including English Language and Maths or completion of a Level 2 course

How will I be assessed?

This is not an exam-based qualifications.  A number of different methods of assessment are used. These include practical application, presentations, written work and observations. 

What can I do next?

On successful completion of your Level 3 Extended Diploma, you will gain a guaranteed place on a degree level course at University Centre at Blackburn College, progress to a Higher Level Apprenticeship or enter work.

A triple distinction in your Extended Diploma gives the same level of UCAS Tariff points as 3 A grades at A-Level.

Many of our students progressed to University Centre at Blackburn College last year where 9 out of 10 graduates are in work or further study just six months after graduation. Particular courses students' progress on to include:

  • Fire & Rescue Service Management Foundation Degree FdA
  • Public Service Management Foundation Degree FdA
  • Public Service Management (Uniformed Services) Foundation Degree FdA
  • Criminology & Criminal Justice Foundation Degree FdA

Many students also progress onto Policing degree courses at various universities around the country.

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All of our Public Service courses are based in the £18.3 million Beacon Centre. Our students benefit from state of the art facilities such as practical rooms for looking at forensic scenes, major incidents and planning for expeditions. We also have three dedicated IT suites and interactive whiteboards in each classroom. Studying in the Beacon Centre, you will benefit from free wireless access throughout the building and a library and resource centre providing in excess of 60 computers and 45,000 books.

Enrichment & Employability

Students studying Public Services often gain first aid qualifications alongside their course, and many take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Schemes. We have strong links with the armed forces so there are many outdoor activities and army residentials throughout the course. Additionally, students often take part in voluntary opportunities, ‘major incident days’ hosted by the Road Safety Agency and fundraising activities.