Pearson BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Preparation for Public Services (Full-Time)
The BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Preparation for Public Services is a foundation course for students that have a personal drive and motivation to join the United Kingdom’s public services such as Police, Fire, Ambulance, Prison Service, Border Force and the Armed Forces (Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines). This course will prepare students for work or an apprenticeship by giving them the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and practical kills, and to apply these skills in work-related environments.
This qualification will also enable progression to Level 3 Level qualifications such as BTEC Level 3, Uniformed Protective Services. Students will also develop highly transferable workplace skills, such as good communication and the ability to work in a team.
This is a foundation course for students that did not achieve the necessary 5 passing GCSE grades at “C” or higher to include having passed either Maths or English. This course is aimed at helping 16–19-year-olds with an interest in the Public Services and just need to achieve additional credits to replace low GCSE grades for Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
This qualification will support students to continue their Further Education in Public Services by progressing to Level 3 Uniform Protective Services or students would be able to pursue a career in Public Services, leadership roles, or sports-related areas; for example, the Police Force, Ambulance, Fire Service, Royal Navy, Army, Marines, Royal Air Force, Prison Service, Transport Police or Probation Service.
The course is 1-year long and have 8 units of instructions. The units consist of such topics as Public Services Skills, Employment in the Uniform Public Services, Health and Fitness, Activities and Teamwork, Expedition and Land Navigation, Crime and its Effects, Attending Emergency Incidents and Security Procedures.
The course in 4-days in length currently Monday-Thursday starting at 0930 (9:30 am) and lasting to 1600 (4:00 pm). The class environment is a mixture of lessons, activities, sport, and outdoor skill activities (Hiking, climbing, biking, etc)
All units are assessed through internal assessment (No Exams). Internal assessment allows students to apply technical knowledge and demonstrate mastery of practical and technical skills through realistic tasks and activities. This style of assessment promotes deep learning through ensuring the connection between knowledge and practice by having the students complete workbooks, papers, presentations, or taking part in activities.
Costs can include outdoor kit (Hiking trousers, wet weather gear, cold weather gear, and hiking footwear), participation fees for outdoor skill activities, overnight trips in support of learning of skills taught in the classroom environment and multi-night trip to further enhance student learning of classroom skills.
Average costs is £200 per student, exceptions and student support may be available.