Preparing for the Uniformed Public Services - Level 2 Diploma (Full-Time)

Level 2 - 5 GCSEs(A*-C) or BTEC 1st Diploma or NVQ level 2 or Equivalent

Subject Area Uniformed Public Services

School Construction, Leisure and Sport

Attendance Full-Time


The level 2 NCFE qualification has been designed to prepare learners for a career in the uniformed public services. The content is similar to that of the L2 Fusilier Military Academy however there is a broader overview into different careers in the public sector with less of a military focus.

Course enrichment

• As a student, you will have the opportunity take part in a 12 day training course with the Fire Service College and become a retained firefighter (18+ only).

• You can also apply to become a reservist for the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (receiving specialist training from Army Personnel)

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: 03/09/2018 at 08:30
Duration: 1 Year
Venue: Lifestyle Academy, Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

This Entry in Public Services course is for those who are aged 16 - 18 by 31st August 2018 who are actively pursuing a career in the Uniformed Public Services.

This course is designed to develop learner’s awareness of the Public Sector and the Skills, Qualities and Attributes required. It is ideally suited for those learners wishing to pursue a hands-on vocational route into the public sector.

Learners wishing to pursue a career in the military should consider the L2 Fusilier Military Academy.


Qualification Gained

NCFE Level 2 Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services.


How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong Building. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


You can download an application here and post it FREE to:

Newcastle College
Rye Hill Campus
Scotswood Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

Alternatively call 0191 200 4000 and we will send you an application form.

Course Content

Entry in Public Services investigates a number of important areas of study including:

- Investigate employment in the uniformed services
- Physical fitness for the uniformed services
- Develop team working and problem solving skills
- Health and Safety in the uniformed services
- Health and hygiene in the uniformed services
- Follow uniformed service routine
- Exploring equality and diversity for the uniformed services

Learning Methods

Tutors will teach you in a variety of ways to meet your individual learning needs. This will include:

- Classroom Based Sessions
- Tutorials
- Practical Sessions
- Enrichment Activities
- Off Campus Trips
- Work Related Experience (if applicable)

Assessment Methods

There will be a variety of assessment methods including physical fitness testing, psychometric tests, individual and group presentations, group discussions, portfolio building and simulated role play.

Progression Opportunities

Personal tutors will guide you throughout your studies to ensure you can move onto the correct form of study or employment.

Students successfully completing this course may be able to apply for either the NCFE Level 3 Certificate for Entry to the Uniformed Services (Level 3 Fusilier Military Academy) or BTEC Level 3 in Uniformed Public Services (Police and Criminal Justice Academy).

Career Opportunities

On completion of the course learners will be able to apply to join a range of roles within the armed forces and will provide a stepping stone on a longer term goal of joining the Police, Fire Service or Prison Service

Earn While you Learn with Uniformed Public Services. The UPS section at Newcastle College has a formal partnership with the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, should learners become a reservist they will be able to undertake training with those military services in college time and receive payment.

Please note to join the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers you must be 18 and pass their entry requirements.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSE’s Grades D or above including Maths and/or English.

A good attitude towards self-development including fitness, working outdoors and meeting deadlines.

If English is not your first language, you must have an IELTS score of 5.5 or above.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail:
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Course Costs

Learners will be required to pay £200 in installments to cover a range of activities including outward bound and a residential programme and cover the cost of a uniform. These costs are non refundable as trips are an integral part of the programme of study.

Further costs may be incurred if learners choose to take part in First Aid at Work and/or an International Expedition.

Those in receipt of 16 - 18 financial support* may be eligible for help with this.

* see Student Services for more information

Additional Course Costs

16 to 18s

Tuition is free for learners aged 16 to 18. A learner will continue to be eligible for free tuition for the duration of their qualification, this includes Year 2 of a qualification if the learner was aged 16-18 when they started in Year 1. Additional financial support may also be available for full-time learners, please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000 for more information.

Please note, if you are applying from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland you may be subject to different funding rules than students who live in England. Depending on your age and type of course you choose you may be liable for fees, even if you are under 19. Please contact Student Services on0191 200 4000 to discuss your eligibility with a Student Adviser.