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Public Services (Extended) Diploma Level 3

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

This course is designed to give you a com­pre­hen­sion insight into a career in Uni­formed Pub­lic Ser­vices such as the Army, Roy­al Navy, Roy­al Air Force, Police and Ambu­lance Ser­vice. You will take part in a pro­gramme of out­door activ­i­ties to devel­op your tech­ni­cal and trans­fer­able skills, lead­er­ship, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, con­fi­dence, resilience, reli­a­bil­i­ty, adapt­abil­i­ty and team­work to enable you ro be suc­cess­ful in your appli­ca­tion in the pub­lic ser­vice area of your choice. The course will also require you to under­take work expe­ri­ence and vol­un­teer­ing units.


What Does The Pro­gramme Include

You will learn through a vari­ety of meth­ods includ­ing lec­ture based the­o­ry ses­sions, prac­ti­cal class­room activ­i­ties, sim­u­lat­ed exer­cis­es and fit­ness and gym ses­sions, guest speak­ers and exter­nal visits.

Entry Require­ments

5 GCSEs at grades 4/C or above includ­ing Eng­lish and maths, or a Mer­it in Pub­lic Ser­vices Diplo­ma Lev­el 2 with Eng­lish and maths at grades 4/C or above. If you don’t achieve the required grades, you will be moved onto the lev­el 2 Pub­lic Ser­vices course.

Need to re-sit? No prob­lem. If you don’t achieve a grade 4/C in GCSE maths or Eng­lish, you’ll re-sit the exams with us and we’ll help you prepare.

Wor­ried about your grades?

What­ev­er your results, we want to assure you that exten­u­at­ing cir­cum­stances will be con­sid­ered should you not have the grades indi­cat­ed above. 

We will review each appli­ca­tion on a case-by-case basis to ensure you get a place on the course most suit­able for you.

One of the ways we do this is through a very effec­tive 6 weeks to suc­cess pro­gramme’ that oper­ates from the first day you start your course. This includes sup­port such as (but not lim­it­ed to):

  • Allow­ing you to change cours­es if you change your mind in the first 6 weeks
  • Mov­ing you between course lev­els if you are find­ing your cur­rent lev­el too easy / too hard
  • Incor­po­rat­ing Eng­lish and maths GCSE resits in to your timetable if you don’t meet the grades you need
  • One-to-one reviews with your aca­d­e­m­ic tutor to ensure you are pro­gress­ing and achiev­ing well

Our course enquiries and admis­sions team are avail­able remote­ly through­out this unprece­dent­ed peri­od. They can be con­tact­ed at enquiries@​stamford.​ac.​uk should you have any fur­ther questions.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

There are no exams for this course. You will be assessed through writ­ten assign­ments, pre­sen­ta­tions and prac­ti­cal tasks.

Addi­tion­al Information

You will be required to be in uni­form through­out your days in col­lege in both the­o­ry and prac­ti­cal ses­sions. This will be at a cost of £120 for a basic pack­age with the oppor­tu­ni­ty to pur­chase oth­er items if you desire. Course fees will be £100 for the year. This will cov­er adven­tur­ous activ­i­ties and an expe­di­tion trips out­side of col­lege. You will also require a pair of sports train­ers (no fash­ion flat soled footwear). You will be required to attend each les­son with a fold­er, dividers, plas­tic wal­lets and sta­tion­ary. More infor­ma­tion and details will be giv­en at interview. 

Poten­tial Future Career

On suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of this course, you can progress to uni­ver­si­ty to study degrees in Polic­ing, Law, Crim­i­nol­o­gy, Pol­i­tics, War and Ter­ror­ism Stud­ies or to a range of careers in the Uni­formed Pub­lic Services.

Course Con­tent

You will study the fol­low­ing units:

  • Gov­ern­ment, Poli­cies and the Pub­lic Services
  • Lead­er­ship and Team­work in the Pub­lic Services
  • Cit­i­zen­ship, Diver­si­ty and the Pub­lic Services
  • Under­stand­ing Dis­ci­pline in the Uni­formed Pub­lic Services

Option­al Units (not all will be selected)

  • Fit­ness Test­ing and Train­ing for the Uni­formed Pub­lic Services
  • Phys­i­cal Prepa­ra­tion, Health and Lifestyle for the Pub­lic Services
  • Inter­na­tion­al Insti­tu­tions and Human Rights
  • Under­stand the Impact of War, Con­flict and Ter­ror­ism on Pub­lic Services
  • Out­door and Adven­tur­ous Expeditions
  • Skills for Land-based Out­door and Adven­tur­ous Activities
  • Skills for Water-based Out­door and Adven­tur­ous Activities
  • Crime and its Effects on Society
  • Com­mand and Con­trol in the Uni­formed Pub­lic Services
  • Respond­ing to Emer­gency Ser­vice Incidents
  • Plan­ning and Man­age­ment of Major Incidents
  • Police Pow­ers in the Pub­lic Services
  • Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and Tech­nol­o­gy in the Uni­formed Pub­lic Services
  • Cur­rent and Media Affairs in Pub­lic Services
  • Secu­ri­ty Pro­ce­dures in the Pub­lic Services
  • Instruct­ing Phys­i­cal Activ­i­ty and Exercise
  • Land Nav­i­ga­tion by Map and Compass


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My course fast tracked my dream career as a Police Offi­cer. I work as a Police Spe­cial in my spare time, and I’ve been accept­ed on a BSc (Hons) Crime and Inves­tiga­tive Degree!

Aimee Hatcher



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