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Extended Diploma in Public Services Level 3

Programme Description

This is a two-year level three programme which aims to provide the learner with the opportunity to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills in a variety of subject areas related to the public services. 

It will provide the learner with a realistic view of public services as a rewarding working environment. Programme content includes five mandatory units and optional units which will enable you to develop knowledge and understanding of areas such as crime, law and fitness requirements as well as units which allow opportunities to carry out research into public services careers that are of particular interest to you. 

At a Glance

  Full Time

  2 years

  Aberystwyth Campus

Programme Features

The course provides learners with the opportunity to broaden their study in uniformed public service related areas, as well as encourages development of confidence-building, teamwork and resilience which are essential requirements for employment within the public services. The course is a nationally recognised qualification which provides a progression to higher education or employment.

Programme Content

All learners will follow a skills pathway in which they will develop their literacy and numeracy skills for employment. Students who do not yet have the necessary GCSE grades at C or above will have additional teaching and support to study for either GCSE or Essential Skills qualifications depending on prior GCSE grades.

Progression & Employment

BTEC level three nationals in public services enable learners to develop transferable skills, providing opportunities for progress to higher level qualifications such as degrees or higher national diplomas. careers directly related to the diploma and extended diploma would include police officer, firefighter, paramedic, member of HM forces, HM revenue and customs, community service organisations and emergency service related organisations.

Method of Assessment

Continuous assessment, monitoring of coursework and assignments count towards the final award.

Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at grades A*-C, which includes either English language or Welsh (first language) and maths. Or successful completion of a level two qualification in a relevant vocational subject at merit or above.

All applicants are assessed on an individual basis and will be offered the opportunity to attend an interview for the course.

Additional Costs

All learners are required to pay an administration fee of £25 prior to enrolment. 

You will need to provide your own stationery, and may also incur costs if the department arranges educational visits