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    Public Services

    Public Services | Level 2 | P10037

    Study options

    How to study

    Full Time

    Start Dates

    Start Date

    September 2024



    1 Year



    Burton Town Centre Campus

    • Course overview

      This is a highly disciplined vocational course, designed to prepare you for employment within a public service. The course will challenge you academically, physically and improve your teamwork and leadership skills. You will learn about the roles, responsibilities and skills within, and required for, the public services. You will also study health and fitness, expedition skills, and land navigation using maps and compasses. 

      During the course, you will go on trips such as Go Ape and visit our dedicated teaching site at Rosliston Forestry Centre for adventurous activities and navigation skills.

      You will also have the opportunity to gain additional insight from members of the services, who regularly visit to embed knowledge. The course is vocational and you will be required to wear uniform and parade each day for inspection. 

      As part of your programme, you will take part in a number of varied enrichment activities, trips and visits. Real life environment assessments are a feature within the qualification. Learners have access to our gym facilities at Fleet Street Fitness. The space is used weekly for delivery, assessment and personal fitness development.


    • Fees and Costs

      Educational entitlements or fee concessions are solely based on the individual programme and nationally set eligibility criteria. To see if you qualify for fee concessions then please visit the 'what will I pay' section of our website. You may be surprised what you are entitled to!

      • Course Fees Examination & Registrations
      • 16-18 School Leaver info FREE Course fee IncludedExam & Registration fee
      • 19-23 Educational Entitlement info £2220.00Course fee £95.00Exam & Registration fee
      • 19+ Part Funded info FREE Course fee £95.00Exam & Registration fee
      • 19+ Fully Funded info £1110.00Course fee Included Exam & Registration fee
      • 24+ Fully Funded info £2220.00Course fee £95.00 Exam & Registration fee
      • Full Cost info £2220.00Course fee £95.00Exam & Registration fee

      Payment methods

      • Payment in Full (Credit Card / Debit Cards / Cash) accepted
      • Employer Sponsored accepted
      • Direct Debit Instalments accepted
      • Advanced Learning Loan accepted
      • Student Finance English Loan (HE) not accepted

      For International Learners

      Email us:

      Call us: 01283 494757 or 01283 494472

      Visit us: Chat to the Financial Support Team in the Learner Hub
      Just drop-in, Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm and Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


      Further Education Programme Only: The College reserves the right to change or amend, at any time, any of the course details including but not limited to; content, dates, times, venues, tutor, fees payable, concessions available, terms or conditions.

    • Entry requirements

      Applicants will be expected to have a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 3 or an equivalent qualification

    • What modules will I study?
      • Adventurous activities
      • Carry out map reading and navigation
      • Develop team working and problem-solving skills
      • Exploring equality and diversity for the uniformed services
      • Follow uniformed service routine
      • Health and hygiene in the uniformed services
      • Health and Safety in the uniformed services
      • Investigate employment in the uniformed services
      • Physical fitness for the uniformed services
    • How will I be assessed?

      The course is 100% coursework based, with a range of assessments used, ranging from essays and presentations to vlogs and podcasts. Some forms of assessment will also be practically assessed, such as fitness testing, recording navigation and performing teamwork tasks.

    • What can I do next?

      Learners typically progress into employment with their chosen service or choose further study on either the 90 Credit or Extended Diploma at Level 3. Level 3 is ideally placed for those looking to attend university for roles in the police or officers within the armed services.

    • English & Maths

      Being confident with maths and English is not only important for everyday life but it’s expected as standard in the world of work. We’re committed to ensuring our learners have the full range of skills that universities and employers are looking for. If you haven’t yet achieved grade 4 (grade C) in English and maths and are aged between 16-18 years, you will continue to study these by undertaking a GCSE re-sit programme or appropriate stepping stone qualifications in addition to your vocational learning programme.

    • Uniform

      As part of your course, you will be required to purchase an industry related uniform and/or kit. Please find details of industry related uniforms in the Student Life section of the website.

      If you live independently and are in receipt of certain means tested benefits in your own right or live in a low-income household, you may be eligible for one of our grants. To see a full detail of financial support and eligibility criteria, including financial support application forms please visit the financial support section of our website. Alternatively, please drop in to the Learner Services Hub to see the Financial Co-ordinator, who will be able to talk you through what financial support is available to help with purchasing the kit or uniform for your course. For more information on Financial Support, please contact our Financial Support Team on 01283 494757 or email

    • Work Experience

      We believe that the best way to get a real sense of your chosen industry is to try it out for yourself! That’s why all of our full time study programme courses include relevant industry work experience. It shows future employers you’ve got what it takes and are motivated to succeed. Not only does it look good on your CV, but it’s an opportunity to build up your confidence and industry contacts. Our Employment Hub works with over 500 local employers to ensure all students on full time study programmes have a high quality and meaningful work placement. So not only do you gain valuable work experience, it helps you decide on your future options, from choosing the right university course to finding the right employer. Work experience is a chance to you to spend time on an employer’s premises, observing the workplace, undertaking tasks (under supervision) alongside team members and learning the skills and behaviours needed at work. It’s designed to bridge the gap between your education and the world of work. It can help you to become aware of jobs you have not previously thought of, inform your career choices, develop your skills and help you gain the attitudes and behaviours expected at work. For more information on Work Experience, please contact our Employment Hub on 01283 494599 or email

    • DBS – Disclosure and Barring Service

      Due to the nature of this programme, it is assumed individuals will come into contact with children or vulnerable adults during their studies and within future employment. You will therefore be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check, known as a DBS. The DBS check will be completed during your programme enrolment and conducted under the strictest confidence. If the check comes back disclosing that criminal offences have been committed, the College will carry out a risk assessment to determine whether the offence disclosed may cause problems for you accessing the course and progressing into future employment. If this is the case, you will be advised about the implications and always offered advice and guidance. Not all offences are a risk, so the return of a DBS check may not impact on your choice. All DBS information is confidential and only those who need to know will be given the information.

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    Contact Details

    Burton and South Derbyshire College
    Tel: 01283 494400

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