Uniformed Public Services


This two year vocational course will teach you the basic skills required of a person working in the uniformed public services. You will participate in a number of adventurous activities such as climbing and canoeing as well as work experience related to this course. In addition, there will be a range of outside speakers and trips to the different public services in order to gain knowledge first-hand experience.

Level: Vocational (level 3)
Type: Triple award

Course Details

Begin with the end in mind

Army, Navy, Air Force, police officer, fire fighter, paramedic and prison officer.

Management, business and public services.

Topics you'll cover


  • Government, policies and the public services
  • Importance and application of discipline
  • Leadership and teamwork
  • Citizenship, diversity and the public services
  • Skills for land and water-based adventures
  • Crime and its effects on society
  • Designing training programmes.


  • Physical preparation, health and lifestyle
  • Overnight camping expedition
  • Taking part in, and leading, land-based activities (climbing abseiling, archery etc.)
  • Command structure in the uniformed services
  • Planning and management of major incidents
  • Participation in team sport
  • Training/developing personal fitness and delivering training sessions
  • Land navigation by map and compass.

Assessment and Qualification

  • 100% coursework
  • Exam board: OCR
  • CTEC Extended Diploma (level three)
  • Equivalent to three A Levels.

Course entry requirements

  • At least five GCSEs at grade 4 (including English)
  • If you have studied the BTEC First Diploma in Sport you will need to have gained at least a Merit
  • Good school reference including attendance and behaviour
  • Making a good impression at the college pre-enrolment interview
  • You will need to show evidence of regular participation in a physical activity or community work.

What students say about the course

"This course covers many engaging and enjoyable topics that help prepare you for a career in the uniformed public services. Outdoor adventure training is my favourite part of the course because I get to take part in kayaking, rock climbing, archery, orienteering and overnight expeditions. Not only are these activities great fun but they help us to develop our team building and leadership skills. The educational trips are also fantastic. My highlights were visits to the Houses of Parliament (where we got to speak to a politician), the Imperial War Museum and HMS Excellence (where we took part in a training day with The Royal Marines). Our teachers are very supportive, humorous and flexible."

Thomas Grant, previously at Chamberlayne College

Additional information

During your studies you will have access to extra materials and activities as part of your course. These extra items (such as equipment, study guides and workbooks etc.) are built into the normal day-to-day running of our courses and so we ask students to make an annual payment towards these additional costs. If there are any issues with being able to pay these costs, please contact Richard Taunton Sixth Form College.

 A copy of our course payment breakdown can be course payment breakdown.