Entry to the Uniformed Public Services - Level 3
Start Date: 5th September 2022
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Have ambitions to work in the military or fire and rescue services? Entry to the Uniformed Public Services is for you!
Taught by tutors who have worked for the RAF, army and police, we will work with you to build a personal development plan and prepare you for those vital entrance exams.
Your interview skills and fitness levels will improve with regular mock drills and through fun games and activities you will develop your skills in leadership, teamwork and communication.
To help you gain an employment edge, you will have the chance to gain certificates in First Aid, Mental Health and Fire Safety. You can also take part in social action projects with NCS and NE Youth.
4 GCSEs at grade 4 or above
1 GCSE grade 3 in English or maths
1 GCSE grade 4 in English or maths
You will be invited to meet the teaching team to make sure that Entry to the Uniformed Public Services is the right course to help you achieve your ambitions.
What will I achieve?
This is a two-year course. You will achieve a qualification after successful completion of each year.
In year one, you will complete a Level 3 Certificate for Entry to the Uniformed Public Services.
In year two, you will complete a Level 3 NCFE Extended Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Public Services.
What will I learn?
Leadership and teamwork
Prepare for a career in a chosen uniform service
Develop aspects of physical fitness for entry to the uniformed public service
Develop leadership skills
Equality, diversity and inclusion
How is the course taught?
Experience of work
How am I assessed?
Work experience opportunities
Students will have the chance to take part in our ‘Army Look at Life’ field trip. This three-day event gives you a chance to experience life as a soldier working for the British Army, staying over at the barracks in Catterick.
We offer regular guest lectures from The British Army, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, The Royal Navy (including the Marines) and the Royal Airforce.
English and Maths
The ability to accurately record and communicate information is essential in Uniformed Public Services and we will help you to develop your language skills to improve your ability.
We'll also develop your math skills through fun activities, where you will be tasked to solve problems by devising strategies. You will gain a better understanding of things like orientation, space, time and speed.
Where can I progress?
Our goal is to equip you with the right skills and experiences to stand out at interview and in entrance tests for the Uniformed Public Services. Previous students have gone on to work for the Royal Marines, British Army, Royal Airforce.
This course has a maximum of 112 UCAS points, which could also allow you to progress onto a policing or sports related degree.
If you are aged 16-18 when you begin your course you are likely to be eligible for free tuition. Detailed information can be found within the financial support section.
If you are aged 19+ the cost of the course will depend on your circumstances. Our support pages can help you determine your suitability.
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