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Public Services (Intermediate) - Level 2


This course is designed for individuals wishing to pursue a career in public services and will provide you with a broad range of skills required if you wish to pursue a career in the Police, Army, Navy, Royal Marines or Fire and Rescue Services.

This qualification will also develop transferable workplace skills, such as good communication and the ability to work in a team, which employers have identified as essential for gaining employment in the sector.

It is aimed at learners who have chosen to focus their learning and career development within the public services sector and who are looking for an engaging and stimulating qualification which will prepare them for successful performance in working life and progression by developing a range of essential skills, techniques and attitudes.

The topics you will cover include employment in the uniformed services, physical fitness, team work and problem solving, health, safety and hygiene, map reading and navigation.

The course also includes a specialist unit focusing on adventurous activities.

Entry requirements

At least three GCSEs at grade D/3 including one grade C/4 in maths or English.

16-18 year old applicants:

You will need to supply a copy of your most up-to-date school/college report and/or a reference from a teacher/employer. Please upload this to your myVISION account by the end of May 2021.

19+ year old applicant:

Mature students (those aged 19 or over) who do not have the qualifications required for entry may still be eligible. Relevant experience, a strong portfolio of work and a commitment to the subject you wish to study may be acceptable for certain courses. You will also be required to supply a written reference either from a recent educational institution or employer. Please upload this to your myVISION account by the end of May 2021. If you are not able to gain a reference, please contact for further advice.

Start dates and fees

For those interested in the course there is an additional cost for kit/uniform. For details please ask. 

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20211 yr(s)1739A1384FREE£500.00** EApply

E You may be eligible for fee exemption depending on your circumstances. Please see our adult finance and funding page for more information.

How long is the course?

1 year


What will I study?

  • Public Service Skills
  • Employment in the Uniformed Public Services
  • Career Planning in the Public Services
  • Improving Health and Fitness for Entry into the Public Services
  • Adventurous Activities
  • Expedition and Land Navigation
  • Map and Compass Skills

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

What can I go on to study?

How do I apply?

Apply online


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