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Public Services Level 1 Diploma

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Key information

Qualification type


Course code


Career Pathway

Public services


Level 1


1 year


Kings Road,
Reading, RG1 4HJ

Start date

Sep 2020

Develop your fitness, teamwork and communication skills in preparation for a career in the public services.

Are you looking to work in the British Army, Royal Navy, RAF, Royal Marines, police, prison or probation services, or fire and rescue services? We have industry specific programmes that enable you to progress directly into blue light and non-blue light employment, or advance to higher-level study at university.

We work in partnership with your potential future employers, including: Thames Valley Police, HM Prison Service, British Army, Royal Navy, RAF and the fire and rescue services. This gives you exposure to real-life training situations and allows you to forge relationships with key industry contacts.

What to expect on the career pathway:

  • expert training for the public services entrance tests
  • development of communication, self-discipline and team-working skills
  • opportunity to visit various public service settings such as prisons, police stations, crown courts, fire stations and RAF bases
  • participation in outdoor activities and the opportunity to do your Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award

What I'll learn

You will study the purpose, role and responsibilities of our uniformed public services as well as test your teamwork skills in the fitness, outdoor and adventurous skills modules.

The units are:

  • Unit 1: Standard requirements for entry and the main stages of recruitment process
  • Unit 2: Assess your own fitness and develop a personal programme of fitness training
  • Unit 3: Investigate how to plan effectively for team work and how to develop your own role in a team
  • Unit 4: Explore self management, identify the importance of discipline and the effects of a lack of discipline
  • Unit 5: Learn how to read different types of maps, obtain grid references and use a compass


How I'll learn

You will learn through pratical activities, working with others and guided by our friendly and supportive tutors.

Visits and residential trips are an integral part of the course and carry an additional cost, payable when you start.


How I'll be assessed

The course is based on continuous assessment over one year.

The course consists of 5 units; each unit is marked and assessed as coursework.

Some assignments may be integrated across the course units.

Mandatory residential trips provide the opportunity to assess the practical application of outdoor activities and teamwork skills.


Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, but you will need a basic level of reading, writing and maths skills to apply for this course.

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