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Public Services Level 1 Certificate

BTEC Level 1 Certificate

The BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Public Services is for students aged 16 - 18, it is a practical work-based course. This course is delivered after you have completed the BTEC Certificate in Sport and Active Leisure. Altogether learners will study for one year.


The BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Public Services is a practical work-based course. This course is delivered after you have completed the BTEC Certificate in Sport and Active Leisure or on its own.  Learning occurs through the completion of work related assignments with a range of assessments to suit every student. The Level 1 Certificate is the equivalent of 2 GCSEs at Grades D–G. You will also have an opportunity to develop essential Functional Skills.


The course includes a variety of lectures, practical projects and educational visits. The course is practical with a theoretical basis so that learners can understand and practice what they have learnt.

Entry Requirements

An introductory course suitable for students aged 16-18. School leavers should aim for at least 4 GCSEs at grades G or grades 1 or above which should include one of the following - Maths, English, Science, PE or IT. Candiates will also require a satisfactory reference from their school or tutor.

Interview Process

Interview with specialist tutor.

Questions & Answers

How is the course assessed?

Every learner is assessed using a variety of assessment methods such as presentations, tests, assignments, posters, podcasts, practical sessions, discussions and observations. All assessment methods are made vocational to different public service career areas.

Are there any opportunities for progression?

The Level 1 Certificate in Public Services is valued by employers and can be used to progress in further education. On successful completion of the Level 1 Certificate, students may progress to a BTEC Level 2 qualification in Public Services. Career opportunities in the fire & rescue services, police services, ambulance services, HM customs and excise, care work, the armed forces, military police and security and prison services are all possible following progression through Levels 1, 2 and 3.

Functional Skills



Before Enrolment

The Advice & Guidance team provide impartial Student Advisors to give information about College Courses and provide initial guidance to help you decide which course is best for you . Financial advice and assistance if you need help with childcare, equipment, fees, or travel. Careers and Student Advisors to give you the necessary help and guidance you need when you are progressing on to further and higher education or employment.

During Your Study

To help you to succeed in your course of study we offer a range of services. For instance, you may have a learning difficulty and/or disability or other condition which significantly affects your daily life. If you would like to discuss your support needs, or for further information about the support available, please contact the study support team on 01422 357357 Ext 9347.

Home Educated Young People

Young people aged 14-16 who are home educated can now access college courses free of charge to enhance their education. If you are interested in finding out more about the opportunities available please contact the School Liaison Team on 01422 399332.

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Course details

  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Start Date: 22 January 2018
  • Hours per week: 13 hours per week
  • Days: Monday to Friday
  • Start Time: 9.00 am
  • End Time: 4.00 pm
  • Duration: 18 weeks
  • Course Fees: This course is free for students age 16 - 18. In most cases students aged 18 and under who wish to enrol on a full time further education course will have their fees waived.
  • Venue: Calderdale College
  • Faculty: Science and Health Industries
  • Department Manager: Deborah Tims


  • Level: Level 1
  • Qualification Name: BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Public Services
  • Awarding Body: EDEXCEL

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Calderdale College,
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