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Qualification name BTEC Diploma in Preparation for Public Services
Qualification level 2
Awarding organisation Pearson Education Ltd (Formerly EDEXCEL)
Course type Classroom based
Course hours Full-time
Course start date 1st September 2024
Cost description Free to 16 - 18 year-olds. 19 and over, please call the Colchester Institute Course Enquiry line on (01206) 712777 - or go to to enquire - or email for information about course fees.
Attendance pattern Daytime

Discover the learning experience and opportunities you can expect from this course.

The BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Preparation for Public Services is designed to equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for success when moving towards a career in the uniformed services, for example police force, fire and rescue service, prison service or armed forces.

Find out what qualifications and skills you will need for this course.

4 GCSEs (9-3) including English and Maths, or satisfactory results (Merit/Distinction) in a relevant Level 1 qualification and an interview.

View the key features of this course.

The course allows students to investigate the uniformed services; what they are and what careers are available. Through the units chosen, learners will find out what people in the different services do in their job roles, how they work and how they interact with each other through multi-agency working.

Understand how the course will be delivered.

Units within the course will allow students to discover, for example, the levels of fitness required for each of the uniformed services and the difference between the armed forces, police, fire and rescue service. This course is delivered through a mixture of lectures, practical activities, outside visits and visiting specialist speakers from the industry sector. There will also be workshops and tutorials relating to the assignment programme.

Find out what material you will need.

You will need to purchase general materials such as pencils and stationery and other items may be required that you will also need to purchase, but these can be discussed during your application interview or induction to the college.

Find out more about exams, assignments and assessments.

Assessment is by course work and assignments.

Once students have completed the course, they can consider progressing onto the Public Services Level 3 course. There are a wide range of careers in the uniformed services and related areas that will open up to them.

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Name Colchester - Sheepen Road
Address Colchester Institute
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