Protective Services Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma

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This advanced level course aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills to position you well to start a career in one of the uniformed public services.

The Protective Services Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma presents a broad range of topics include citizenship, the law, crime and human behaviour, and the course gives you the opportunity to develop your personal organisational, leadership and team work skills. Fitness exercise and off-site trips are part of the broad learning package.

You could apply to the Armed Forces and Emergency Services such as the Police, Ambulance or Fire Service. Progression to higher education is also a popular route.

What I'll learn

The course is designed to give you a varied learning experience and provides a balance between discussion and theory sessions and more practical activities such as personal fitness, sport and outdoor activities. You will study a wide variety of units focusing on: citizenship, command and control, criminology, diversity, emergency service incidents, employment in the public services, Government and the public services, human behaviour, international perspectives, law, land-based and water-based skills, team development, team leadership, understanding discipline, physical preparation and fitness, and outdoor and adventurous expeditions.



How I'll learn

You will learn how to become a more independent learner as the course will develop your analytical and critical thinking skills as well as team working and leadership skills.

You will further develop your English, maths and ICT skills to help complete your course work and prepare for further study or employment. Initially, you will study for the Subsidiary Diploma. Successful students will be invited to study for the Extended Diploma which they will complete in year two of the course.

You benefit from computer workshop facilities, and there are also open access computer resources in the library.


How I'll be assessed

Assessment is carried out using a variety of methods including individual work projects, group work, presentations, research and case studies, as well as input from guest speakers. All eighteen units are assessed by coursework. The course also features residential trips and offsite practical activities.


Entry Requirements

You will need GCSE grades 4 and above (A*-C) including English Language and maths, or a First Diploma at Merit and above with Functional Skills at Level 2.


How to Apply

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You can apply for a vocational programme online. Simply follow the link to ‘apply now’ on your chosen programme page. You will then be asked to register or log in to progress with 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.) 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.