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BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Public Uniformed Services


This is a one year course designed to prepare you for a career within a Uniformed Public Service organisation, you will also gain a valuable insight into the role Outdoor Education plays in public service employment. The qualification is equivalent to four GCSEs grades A-C.


This is a one year course designed to prepare you for a career in the public services. It will benefit those interested in pursuing a career in the Emergency Services, Armed Forces or other public sector roles. Equally, the course is an ideal for those with an interest or passion in Outdoor Education. The qualification is equivalent to 4 GCSEs.

The units studied for the course content are:

  • Employment and careers in the Uniformed Public services
  • Public Service skills
  • Improving Health and Fitness for Entry to the Uniformed Public Services
  • Adventurous Activities and Teamwork for the Public Services
  • Volunteering in the Public Services
  • Expedition Skills in Public Services

You may also achieve additional qualifications such as your Emergency First Aid at Work qualification. In addition to your vocational studies you may be expected to develop essential Maths and English skills. (This would depend on your qualifications upon entry to the course).


Specialist tutors will deliver the individual units in the form of both theory and practical sessions. Presentations, group work, day trips, residential and guest speakers will all add to the learning experience on this course.

Course Leader profile

Kieran O’Connell

Kieran has worked at Calderdale College for several years. In that time he has taught across the range of levels 1 to 5 and is currently the course leader for the Level 2 Diploma in Public Services. Kieran, like the rest of his team, brings a wealth of industry experience to the course having served as a member of the Armed Forces and says “I like to reflect on my own experience of education and remind myself that everybody deserves a chance, this in turn motivates me to go the extra mile for my learners. The course is challenging at times but equally as rewarding, we have a professional & dependable team that prides itself on its performance. We use a range of assessment and teaching methods to ensue absolute differentiation and a fair crack at success, my aspiration is to see a positive outcome for every student that walks through our doors.”

Entry Requirements

This is an intermediate course suitable for those who have at least 4 GCSEs at grade D or grade 3 which should include Maths or English, or a relevant/equivalent Level 1 qualification or relevant work experience. Candidates will also need a satisfactory reference from their school or current tutor.

Interview Process

Interview with specialist tutor.

Questions & Answers

How is the course assessed?

A variety of assessment methods will be used including written assignments, oral presentations, practical activities and demonstrations, posters, leaflets and an externally set Integrated Vocational Assignment.

Are there any opportunities for progression?

On successful completion of the programme (Merit or higher) you may progress to a Level 3 Public Service course or seek employment in the Public Services industry.

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Before Enrolment

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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, please contact the study support team on 01422 357357 Ext 9400.

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: Week beginning 4 September 2017
  • Hours per week: 12 hours per week + Maths and English if required.
  • Days: Monday to Friday
  • Start Time: 9.00 am
  • End Time: 4.00 pm
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course Fees: This course is free for students age 16 - 18. For students 19+ please contact our Student Services Team In most cases students aged 18 and under who wish to enrol on a full time further education course will have their fees waived. Students who are aged 19 and over and who wish to enrol on a full time course should contact our Student Services Team on 01422-399367 for more information.
  • Venue: Calderdale College
  • Faculty: Science and Health Industries
  • Department Manager: Deborah Tims


  • Level: Level 2
  • Qualification Name: BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Public Services (Uniformed)
  • Awarding Body: EDEXCEL

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