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Public Service (Uniformed or Non-Uniformed) 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.

This Public Services (Uniformed or Non-Uniformed) level 3 Extended Diploma 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  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?

Once you have completed your Level 3 course, you will be able to apply to a range of Universities. Many students progress to the University Centre at Blackburn College. Particular courses students can progress on to include:

  • Criminology & Criminal Justice Foundation Degree FdA
  • HNC Public Services (Blue Light Services)
  • HND Public Services (Blue Light Services)
Your Study Programme

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Career Options

Police Community Support Officer

If you want to work in the local community and help to help keep law and order, this job could be perfect for you.

As a police community support officer (PCSO) you would work alongside the police, patrolling the local area, dealing with minor incidents and offences. You would provide assistance to the police and a visible presence in the area to reassure the public.

In this job you would need a calm but assertive approach, good communication skills and be able to deal with people in difficult situations. You would also need to be physically fit.

Local police services set their own entry requirements so you need to check with them for exact details. You would need the right to live and work in the UK without restrictions, and you would also need to pass background security checks. 

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Police Officer

Police officers work with communities and the public to maintain law and order. They investigate crime, gather evidence and bring offenders to court. They also work on initiatives to raise awareness and prevent crime from happening in the first place.

If you want a varied and challenging job and like the idea of helping to make communities safer, this could be the ideal career for you.

Police officer recruitment is handled by individual police services, and their requirements can vary. In general you will need to have lived in the UK for three years, be over 18 and pass enhanced background and security checks.

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If you're passionate about public safety and want to help save lives, this job could be ideal for you. Firefighters protect and save people and property from fire and other dangers. They provide emergency support. They also provide education and advice on fire prevention.

You must be at least 18 years old to become a firefighter. You will need a good standard of education and a reasonable level of physical fitness.

A firefighter has the ability to react quickly and remain calm in dangerous situations.

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Army Officer

As an army officer you’re in charge of a team of soldiers. You’ll be using your skills to direct them and get the job done. If you want a challenging job and have leadership potential, there could a career for you in the army.

On combat operations you’ll be using your leadership and motivational skills to guide your soldiers and complete missions. You’ll also need to have great teamworking skills and be able to make quick decisions about what action your soldiers should take.

To become an army officer, you must be aged between 18 and 26 (some exceptions apply). You will also need to meet the army’s eligibility criteria. Many officers have a degree and your personal qualities will be highly valued.?

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Army Soldier

As a British Army soldier you could be fighting in combat zones or providing peacekeeping and humanitarian services around the world. If you are looking for a challenging and active job, this could be ideal for you.

You will need to have self-discipline and confidence. You will also need to work as part of a team and be able to think and react quickly in changing situations.

To join the army, you must be aged between 16 and 33. You will need to meet the army’s eligibility criteria.??

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Merchant Navy Deck Officer

Merchant navy deck officers have responsibility for navigation, communications, crew and cargo onboard their ship. They also take care of passengers, oversee ship safety and carry out watch duties.

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Prison Officer

If you can create good working relationships with all kinds of different people, and have a firm but fair approach, this job might suit you.

As a prison officer, you would supervise inmates in prisons, remand centres and young offenders' institutions.

In this job you will need patience and a commitment to helping people. You will need to be able to stay calm in pressurised situations and make quick decisions. You will also need to have the ability to act with authority with prisoners who are abusive and possibly violent.

To become a prison officer, you will need to get through initial selection tests, then attend an assessment day, designed to examine your personal qualities and character.  

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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.