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Public Services (Uniformed or Non-Uniformed) Level 3

Course Information

  • Course Code: HS044-Y1
  • Duration: 2 academic years
  • Validated by: EDEXCEL
  • Study mode: Full Time

The course is ideal for those wishing to pursue a career in the Public Services, you will gain an insight into the range of Public Services related topics ranging from fitness testing and training to the planning and management of major incidents, in addition you will interact with a range of Public Services to give you a good understand and knowledge of the services. 

To complement your course you will take part in a 5 day residential to experience canoeing, climbing and hill walking.  You will also benefit from our links with the RAF recruitment team, the 4th Battalion Duke of Lancashire regiment and Blackburn Fire & Rescue. 

You will experience both practical and classroom learning and have the opportunity to gain the additional qualifications of the Principles of Coaching Level 1 and Level 2 to enhance your CV.

The Public Services tutors have between them a total of over 110 years of experience and will provide you with first hand knowledge.


What will I study?

The course is made up of Public Services units - both core units and specialist units, with specialist units exploring particular topics in depth. Units cover topics such as:

  • Expedition skills
  • Healthy Lifestyle
  • Command & Control
  • Understanding Discipline in the Public Service.
  • Fitness Testing and Training for the Uniformed Public Services
  • Planning and Management of Major Incidents
  • Government, Policies and Public Services
  • Citizenship, Diversity and the Public Services
  • Maths & English*

*If you have not achieved a Grade C / 4 or above in your Maths and English Language GCSEs you will be required to work towards a GCSE Grade C /4 in these subjects as part of your Study Programme.

 In addition you will gain the additional qualifications of the Principles of Coaching Level 1 and Level 2 to enhance your CV.

Entry Requirements

This qualification is suitable for students aged 16 upwards and recommended for those who have achieved four or more A*- C / 9-4 Grade GCSEs including one GCSE in English and a GCSE grade D /3 or above in Maths, or have completed a relevant BTEC First at Merit or Distinction Grade, including a strong reference from previous tutors.

How will I be assessed?

This is not an exam-based qualifications, a number of different methods of assessment are used. Students may be assessed individually or through group work assignments including presentations and practicals.

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.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire


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.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

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.?

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

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.??

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

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.  

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Housing Officer

Housing officers supervise the day-to-day maintenance and management of rented properties that belong to local authorities or housing associations.

If you are an organised person and can communicate well with a wide variety of different people, this job might suit you.

In this job you will need to be good at analysing and solving problems. You will also need to be good at negotiating and dealing with difficult situations.

There aren't any set requirements to get into this job, although a lot of people working in housing have qualifications at A level standard or higher. You may be able to get into this job through an Apprenticeship, or by starting as a housing assistant and working your way up.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Merchant Navy Engineering Officer

Merchant navy engineering officers maintain the mechanical and electrical machinery and instruments on board a ship.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire


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.