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If you have aspirations to join the armed forces or emergency services then this course is right for you. It offers an insight into working life across the services before applying for employment in a particular area.

You’ll learn how different services operate, taking part in a number of activity projects to develop your skills and confidence. Our tutors bring a wealth of experience from their time in the police force, the armed services, the navy and other uniformed services.

  • Entry Criteria

    3 GCSEs (A*-D/9-3) or successful completion of Level 1 programme.

  • What will I study?

    Professionals in the uniformed services need to be fit and this is reflected in the focus of the course, which features many physical and outdoor activities as well as classroom-based projects.

    Key subject areas include:

    • Uniformed public services employment and skills - understand the employment opportunities in the uniformed public services and develop a knowledge of the main roles and conditions of service

    • Adventurous outdoor activities such as climbing and caving - investigate the benefits of adventurous activities and to practise and review the skills and techniques in an outdoor environment

    • Land navigation by map and compass - acquire the knowledge in relation to land navigation with map, compass and route card

    • Crime and its effects - develop an understanding of the impact crime has on society, communities and individuals. Understand who the victims of crime are, how crime is reported and recorded, and the effective management of crime.

    • Preparing to respond to emergency incidents - develop knowledge and understanding of domestic and leisure fire incidents and their prevention measures

    • Health, fitness and lifestyle - gain a knowledge of the major body systems and an understanding of the effects of basic nutrition and lifestyle factors for entry into the uniformed public services

    • Volunteering - identify the different types of volunteering work available and understand the importance and the benefits of volunteer work

    Visits to Watford fire station examine all key aspects of the service from command and control procedures to rescue practice in a smoke room and a live hose run competition. Central to it all is team working and communication skills.

  • Future Prospects

    You can progress to the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Services. With further study and training you will be able to progress to a career in the public and emergency services.

    This course opens up a host of career opportunities, for more information visit the National Careers Service