Entry to the Uniformed Services (Level 3 Extended Diploma)

Entry to the Uniformed Services (Level 3 Extended Diploma)

Subject Area: Public Services


Course Information

  • Start Date: Sep, 2020
  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course Code: 144252
  • Entry Requirements

    5 GCSEs at grade 4(C) including English,


    Level 2 in a related subject with English and/or maths at grade 4(C) or above (or equivalent).

    Course Overview

    This course is based at our Ipswich campus.

    The Extended Diploma is designed to give you the skills, knowledge, and understanding of a wide range of occupational roles undertaken in the Public Services (uniformed) e.g. Police, Military, Fire Service, Health Service, and HM Customs. The study programme consists of a combination of classroom based taught lessons, visiting speakers from Public Services, and practical and physical activities. Units include Communication, Planning and Responding to Emergencies, Understanding Discipline, Instructing Physical Activity, and the Impact of Media on Public Services. Students will undertake a residential as part of the Outdoor and Adventurous activities unit and will also complete at least 30 hours of voluntary work to complete a Volunteering unit.

    The qualification prepares you for employment in the Public Services, develops team skills, leadership skills, and a wide range of employability skills relevant for a broad range of sectors in the world of work.

    The vocational context of the qualification allows for assessment, written, and practical assignments to be directly linked to realistic work-based scenarios and to form links with local Public Service providers.

    All students who have not achieved a grade 4 (C) or above in GCSE English will need to study these subjects alongside their chosen qualification.

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    Course Highlights

    This study programme teaches you the skills required for civilian and public service work both in and out of the classroom. Enhance your job prospects by gaining real life experience and taking part in voluntary work. You will learn from a number of speakers and contacts within the public services, who will help teach you the skills that are required for the next generation of leaders in the workplace.

    Core Skills Covered: Trustworthiness | Communication | Confidence | Interpersonal Skills | Perseverance and Motivation | Problem Solving

    Next Steps

    Students who complete this course may progress on to Higher Education.

    77% of students completing the course progressed to employment, including within the public services, and the remainder progressed to further training.

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    Tuition Costs

    No tuition fees are payable for students aged 16 – 18 on 31 August 2020.

    For all students aged 19+ fees will be £6602.

    For details regarding fee remission and Advanced Learner Loans, please visit the following links: Fee Remission, Advanced Learner Loans.

    Additional Costs

    £160 for trips and polo shirt.

    Nickole Packman

    "I absolutely loved the course. We learnt so many different things, it was so varied. The highlight for me was getting to spend a week living the life of a recruit at RAF Honington. It was the hardest thing I have ever had to do but completely worth it. I am now thinking about applying to join the army.”