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NCFE Extended Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services

This Extended Diploma includes elements of both theory and practical work. This course prepares you for the entry tests carried out by the emergency services and armed forces. It will also improve your fitness level, teach you leadership and team building skills.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

This course will help you to develop an understanding of the uniformed services which form the cornerstone of our society. Inter-personal skills are at test throughout, and you are actively encouraged to aim towards being confident in looking after yourself; it could be ironing a shirt or leading a team of personnel on Bodmin Moor with map and compass. The skills taught on the course can easily be transferred to management or similar vocations where leadership and decision making are important. You will study a range of units including understanding discipline, leadership and teamwork and expedition skills. During the course you will take on the role of being employed within the uniformed services when completing assignments and activities.

Each assignment will be based around a scenario which reflects tasks and projects that employees would be undertaking in the Uniformed Services working environment. There is also an opportunity to take part in industry recognised additional qualifications which will enhance your experience, skills and employability. The final qualification is equivalent to three A Levels and is well regarded by the uniformed services and Higher Education institutions for progression.

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Start date: 09/09/2024

Course code
FDUNIPS24P
Level
Level 3
Location
Penwith College
Duration
2 years
Qualification
Extended Diploma

TOP COURSE HIGHLIGHTS

Life skills

Physically rewarding

Achieve personal goals

Enhance employability

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Personal growth

Throughout this course you will experience personal growth in many ways. You will become increasingly confident with exercise, improving mind and body health. Initially you may find the discipline challenging but it will help you to achieve your personal goals.

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Experienced tutors

On this course you will be taught by staff that are ex-public service personnel, which have a wealth of experience in uniform. This will provide excellent role models to guide you towards your chosen career in the industry.

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Additional qualifications

This course offers various opportunity to gain additional, industry-recognised qualifications, such as Military Challenge certificates, first aid qualifications, pool life guard qualification and a National Citizen Service (NCS) award.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

You will study 18 units over 2 years with various subject areas related to the uniformed services’ working environment.

The subject areas include:

  • Prepare for a career in a chosen uniformed service
  • Develop aspect of physical fitness for entry to uniformed services
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Equality, diversity & inclusion
  • Uniformed services hierarchy & routine
  • Values & standards
  • Map reading & navigation across open country
  • Skills for land-based outdoor activities
  • Skills for water-based outdoor activities
  • Understanding discipline
  • Emergency planning and response in the uniformed services
  • Understand the impact of war and conflict on uniformed services
  • Sports coaching
  • Outdoor and adventurous expeditions
  • UK legal systems and uniformed services
  • Crime scene investigation
  • Volunteering in the uniformed services
  • Security procedures in the uniformed services

WHERE WILL IT TAKE ME?

This course is highly recommended by the Protective Services employers who liaise closely with us to ensure that we meet their entry requirements. There are opportunities to progress from this course to Higher Education, to study Uniformed Services or related subjects at HND or degree level.

A final grade of Distinction* would equate to 160 UCAS points. Success in the course will benefit any job application you make to one of the Protective Services.

Career Opportunities

  • British Army
  • Royal Navy/Royal Marines
  • Royal Air Force
  • The Police Service
  • Fire and Rescue Service
  • HM Revenue & Customs
  • HM Prison Service
  • Coastguard / Lifeguard
  • Local Authorities
  • Central Government
  • Education Services
  • Travel & Tourism
  • Retail Management
  • Hospitality
  • Fitness Industry

ASSESSMENT ARRANGEMENTS

You will complete written and practical assignments throughout the year upon which your final grade is assessed. You will have continuous feedback from your lecturers on how you are progressing and how to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills. There are no formal exams on this course.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

4 GCSEs at Grade 4 to include either English Language or Literature and/or Maths.

A Level 2 Diploma at Merit in an appropriate subject can also be considered (plus English and/or Maths).

INFORMATION & SUPPORT

Although most lecturers are either former military or emergency services personnel and are always on hand to assist or advise, we encourage all students to conduct independent research on the Uniformed Public Services as part of your studies and career development.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

On your first day, you will be required to bring a pen, a note pad and appropriate sports kit.

Meet the staff, tour the campus and find out about life as a student at one of the best colleges in the country.

What you could earn

  • Senior Police Officers
  • Police Officers (Sergeant and Below)
  • Police Community Support Officers
  • Sports Players
  • Sports and Leisure Assistants
  • Senior Officers in Fire, Ambulance, Prison and Related Services
  • Fire Service Officers (Watch Manager and Below)
  • Ambulance Staff (Excluding Paramedics)
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