Level 2 BTEC Certificate in Preparation for Public Services

Course Code: Q100180

Key Information

  • Course type


  • Campus:

    Sixth Form Campus

  • Start Date:

    09 Sept 2024

  • Duration:

    1 year

  • Attendance:


  • Fees:


Level 2 BTEC Diploma in Uniformed Public Services

Equivalent to three GCSEs.

For you if you want to explore the skills required to be a member of the Uniformed Public Services such as the Army, Navy, Air Force, Police, Fire Brigade, Ambulance, Paramedics, Customs & Excise or Security.

Units include:

  • teamwork and communication
  • employment in the uniformed public services
  • career planning.

You will be expected to have a basic knowledge of teamwork and leadership which will be developed throughout the course. You will further enhance your skills in organising activities and evaluating your performance each term.

Activities will include visiting military establishments in the area and gaining a wider experience of knowledge and career options in the Armed Forces.

Throughout the course, you will participate in activities with the Portsmouth College Combined Cadet Force (CCF) and get the opportunity to complete the National Citizen Service (NCS) course.


Did you know?

This course can be combined with additional A Levels or a Sixth Form vocational course.

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 3 and above.

You will have a 9.55am start, one lesson in the morning, one in the afternoon and a guaranteed 4pm finish. You will also have at least one morning and one afternoon per week free for private study.

Assessments will comprise 60% personal investigation and 40% externally set practical exam. Your coursework is internally assessed and externally moderated.

School Leavers under the age of 19 do not have to pay fees on any full time courses, though may have to pay for their second year if turning 19 during their studies. If you’re aged 19 or over you might qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan. It’s easy to apply for and you won’t have to pay anything back until you’re earning over £25,000. If you are studying a part-time course and you receive one of the following benefits, or you depend financially on someone who does, you may be entitled to have your tuition fees waived: Job Seekers Allowance, Income Support. You will, however, have to pay any awarding body/assessment fees (unless you are on a first full level 2 course). * If you are in receipt of Working Tax Credit or receive other allowances, you may be eligible to claim concessionary rates. If you are entitled to a fee concession you will be asked to provide proof of your entitlement. It is essential that you inform us if your entitlement changes at any time during your course.

On completion of this course, you can progress to opportunities within the uniformed protective services and other careers in team driven environments.

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