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Public Services Level 2 Certificate

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Key information

Qualification type


Course code


Career Pathway

Public services


Level 2


1 year


Bracknell & Wokingham College,
Church Rd,
Bracknell, RG12 1DJ

Start date

Sep 2021

New and returning learners:

Please note that due to special measures we have put in place to make our sites COVID safe, we are asking all learners to enrol with us online. If you are unable to do so we can support you over the phone, simply call 0800 612 6008. Please do not enter our college sites without a prior appointment as we are managing the number of people on site at any time to comply with social distancing measures.

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Not everyone can build a career in the emergency public services or the military. If you know you have what it takes, then this course will prepare you for a front-line or support role in the public services industry.

Our public services course will help you handle challenging circumstances and develop skills that are essential in these services.

While on the course, you will gain invaluable, first-hand experience from members of staff with public service experience in the Police, RAF and a range of other services.

The course combines classroom-based activities with learning through practical and outdoor activities.

Skills for public service work are combined with exploring social issues, developing your personal fitness, playing sport and taking part in various outdoor activities.

You will further develop your English and maths through Functional Skills and you will build your IT skills by completing the various elements of the course. These skills will help you complete your coursework and prepare for further study or employment.

What I'll learn

You will gain a good understanding of the work and the roles of the uniformed public services and the qualities you need to join a service.

Leadership qualities and teamwork are a focus of the qualification.

As well as preparing you for your career, this diploma encourages you to understand the society in which we live.

The course covers:

  • uniformed public services employment 
  • public service fitness 
  • public service skills
  • driving and its relationship to the public services 
  • adventurous activities 
  • teamwork
  • citizenship 


How I'll learn

The course combines classroom-based activities with learning through practical and outdoor activities. You will learn the roles of the uniformed public services and how they link to the community and the government.

You take part in team-building exercises during residential camps and may undertake GCSEs in either English or maths.

Everyone learns functional skills so you have the opportunity to achieve a qualification. You also need to participate in voluntary community work as part of the citizenship unit.

You will develop communication skills, self discipline and teamwork through classroom and practical outdoor camps in preparation for employment in the uniformed public services, or for progression to the extended diploma.


How I'll be assessed

This diploma is based on continuous assessment.

This qualification consists of six units. Each one is marked and assessed as coursework.

Practical work and training play a large part in the course.

Residential periods are mandatory and provide the opportunity to link theory with practice.

Types of learning activities include:

  • practical, group-work activities
  • putting learning into practice 
  • Visits and residential trips (these carry an additional cost payable when you start) 
  • You may be required to do weekend and evening activities
  • visits from uniformed public services professionals


Entry Requirements

You will need four GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above, including English and maths, and/or a completed Level 1 award.

If you are interested in a Level 2 programme and have alternative qualifications please contact us with your details.

Applicants will be invited to attend an interview and complete an assessment.

All students will have their literacy and numeracy needs supported within the programme.


How to Apply

You can apply for this programme online. Click on APPLY NOW and follow the steps below:

  • Register for our online service and verify your account
  • Log in to our website and click APPLY NOW on your chosen programme’s page to complete your application

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs).
Please include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.

Printed application forms are also available.

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.