Public Services

We’re looking forward to you starting at Blackburn College and can’t wait to meet you when the time is right. In the meantime, we know you’ll be excited about starting a College course and thought may like to explore some different activities.

Our team have put together some activities that you can try right now!

Why not have a go in preparation for your College course?

Task 1 - Map Reading

There are many skills required by an individual to be effective in the Uniformed Public Services and map reading is one. Technology of today makes it relatively easy to navigate around the towns and cities, either on foot or by car.

You are to produce a route from your home to Blackburn College (BB1 2LH). This route needs to be planned both by foot and by car/bus. You then need to plan a route from Blackburn College to the café at Witton Park (BB2 2TP).

You need to include the following information, distance in kilometres, time of travel for each route, cost of a route (fare or petrol).

Finally, make a list of the equipment/items you would take if you were going to the park to complete command tasks set by the Public Services team. You will be at the park in September and the visit will last for six hours.

Some suggested resources – this list is not exhaustive. You are also encouraged to use some of your own resources.

Task 2 - Citizenship and Diversity

Good citizens are essential to help the public services carry out their work effectively and you will be expected to demonstrate qualities of good citizenship when you apply to join a public service. One quality of good citizenship is demonstrating moral responsibilities.

Produce a poster entitled, ‘Examples of Good Citizenship and Benefits to Public Services and Society’.

Your poster should identify at least four types of activities or volunteer opportunities to demonstrate good citizenship.

You should include images for each type of activity and use text to briefly explain how each activity can benefit the community and public services.

 e.g. volunteering to help pick up litter in your area can help protect the environment, reduce the workload for the local council and help the Police by keeping young people active, therefore reducing anti-social behaviour.

Some suggested resources – this list is not exhaustive. You are also encouraged to use some of your own resources.

Task 3

A fitness task!

Record the following:

  • How many press ups can you do in 1 minute?
  • How many sit ups can you do in 1 minute?

Task 4

Why not take our Public Services quiz?

Send your work into or bring it to enrolment / induction.


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