This course gives the student an introduction to life in the Emergency Services and the Armed Forces. On this course you will become aware of the important role which the Public Services play in society, and will also be encouraged to develop the skills and attitudes which the Services are looking for. We have close contact with a range of Public Services, which keeps the course fresh, up-to-date and relevant.
1 Year Course
3 GCSE passes at grade E or above or successful completion of Introductory Diploma in a relevant subject.
Subject areas include a central theme of the role played by the Emergency Services and the Armed Forces.
On the course you will study:
- Public Service Skills
- Career Planning for Public Services
- Improving Health and Fitness for Entry to Public Services
- Employment in Public Services
Plus 3 optional units, for example:
- Sport and recreation in Public Services
- Land Nagivation by Map and Compass
- Driving and its Relationship to Public Services
About one third of your time is spent on practical activities.
You will complete written assignments throughout the year upon which your final grade is assessed. You will also be expected to arrange a two-week block of work experience, for yourself, in an area related to the Public Services.
Method of teaching
In class we make use of lectures, videos, guest speakers, demonstrations and group work. Fieldwork, physical education, and navigation exercises are conducted outside of the classroom. You will be expected to take part in residential weekends away, this may be with the Army, as a land navigation exercise, or as part of the team building element of the course.
Up to a third of the course is devoted to practical activity to develop self-reliance and endurance, team building and leadership qualities. Students are taught navigation and physical education skills. Because of the nature of the course the College uses an outdoor activities centre. Students are also taken camping on Bodmin Moor to test expedition and campcraft skills. To make the courses as relevant as possible we visit police and fire stations, and coastguard centres to see the Services in their working environment.
Each student will need to own a pair of stout walking boots and wet weather clothing to take part in the land navigation and camping elements of the course.
Students will be notified, in advance, of any additional costs for trips, visits or residential weekends. This is usually about £30 over the year.
From this course you will be able to progress on to the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma providing you gain a Merit or Distinction grade.
Successful completion of the course will also enhance your job prospects with the Public Services.
Telephone: 01736 335000
St Clare Street