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

Level 2 – GCSE or BTEC or NVQ Level 2 Equivalent

Subject Area Uniformed Public Services

Attendance Full-Time


The level 2 qualification has been designed to prepare learners for a career in the uniformed public services. The content is similar to that of the level 2 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: September 2021. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
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 level 2 Fusilier Military Academy.


Qualification Gained

Gateway Level 2 Certificate in Vocational Studies

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 House. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


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 English test  score of 5.5 or above.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, you can contact Student Services by using the LiveChat function on this page, by emailing or by telephoning 0191 200 4000. We are currently open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


Course Costs

16 to 18s

Learners are eligible for free tuition if they are aged 16-18 when beginning their studies.

If the course being applied for is a two-year qualification, you will continue to be eligible for free tuition for the remainder of the course.

If the course being applied for is two separate one-year qualifications and you begin studying year one of the course aged 18, you will be required to pay fees for the second year.

If you are aged 18 when beginning the course, it is advised that you talk to our Student Services Team on 0191 200 4000 or by email who will be able to explain the options available.

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 on 0191 200 4000 to discuss your eligibility.