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    Uniformed Protective Services

    Uniformed Protective Services | Level 3 | P12071

    Study options

    How to study

    Full Time

    Start Dates

    Start Date

    September 2024



    1 or 2 Years



    Burton Town Centre Campus

    • Course overview

      This qualification covers the fundamentals of the uniformed protective services sector and is designed to support learners who want to progress in a career in a diverse range of areas in the emergency services (police, fire and rescue) or the armed services (army, royal air force, royal navy and royal marines).

      This is a two year study programme which is equivalent to 3 A Levels, however a one year option is also available which is equivalent to 1.5 A Levels. Both programme years will accrue UCAS points should your chosen progression route be a UK university.

      A large portion of the weekly timetable is conducted at Rosliston Forestry Centre. Rosliston is a great place for learners to grasp service routine before learning skills directly connected to the services. Learners will conduct research into possible career paths as well as physical and personal development.

      This fast paced course will allow you to develop your personal confidence and resilience alongside the technical skills the services require and to make you stand out from the crowd in interviews.

      Whilst on the study programme learners can complete real life expeditions such as:

      Coast to Coast Cycle Ride (cycling expedition)

      Snowdonia (climbing expedition)

      The Orange House, Spain (climbing expedition)

      A range of work experience, industry engagement, visits and expeditions enhance the classroom-based sessions to advance learners’ understanding and the nature of possible future careers within the proactive services and link together a number of different units. These include the following visits and experiences:

      British Army 

      Royal Marines Commando 

      London, Houses of Parliament, Education Centre 

      London, Imperial War Museum 

      Emergency Services Show, National Exhibition Centre

      Joint Services Major Incident Exercise 

      Charity event helping to raise funds for the Air Ambulance

      West Midlands Counter Terrorist Team 

      West Midlands Ambulance Service, Emergency Operation Centre 

      British Transport Police 

      Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service

    • 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 £6602.00Course fee £205.00Exam & Registration fee
      • 19+ Part Funded info £6602.00 Course fee £205.00Exam & Registration fee
      • 19+ Fully Funded info £6602.00Course fee £205.00 Exam & Registration fee
      • 24+ Fully Funded info £6602.00Course fee £205.00 Exam & Registration fee
      • Full Cost info £6602.00Course fee £205.00Exam & 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 4 including English and maths

      (or) A level 2 subject specific qualification including a level 2 or equivalent in English and maths

      (or) An equivalent occupational experience including a level 2 or equivalent in English and maths

    • What modules will I study?
      • Behaviour and Discipline in the Uniformed Protective Services (Year 1)
      • Citizenship and Diversity (Year 1)
      • Criminal Investigation Procedures and Practice (Year 2)
      • Expedition Skills (Year 1)
      • Global Affairs
      • Government and the Protective Services (Year 2)
      • Health and Wellbeing (Year 1)
      • Leadership and Communication in the Uniformed Protective Services (Year 1)
      • Physical Preparation
      • Planning for and Responding to Emergency Incidents (Year 2)
      • Police Powers and the Law (Year 2)
      • Principles of Managing Security Threats (Year 2)
      • Skills for Outdoor Activities and the Uniformed Protective Services (Year 2)
      • Teamwork
      • The Media and the Uniformed Protective Services (Year 2)
    • How will I be assessed?

      Continual assessments which include:

      • Examination
      • Written assessment
      • Practical assessments
      • PowerPoint presentation
      • Verbal assessments
      • Performance on expedition

    • What can I do next?

      Successful completion of the course will enhance your chance of entry into a uniformed service but cannot guarantee entry as this is subject to you meeting separate entry requirements.

      You can also use this course to progress on to university level courses such as HND, Foundation Degree or a bachelor's degree.

    • 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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