BTEC First Extended Certificate Public Services Level 2

Full Time

About the course

This is a one-year course which provides a good introduction for students who hope to enter a career in the Public Services: (The Public Services are the Police, Fire Service, Armed Forces, Ambulance Service, Prison Service, Revenue and Customs, Coastguard and Local Authorities). You will take part in outdoor activities, carry out research projects and study situations that affect the public sector.

You will get the chance to involve yourself in the following activities related to the Public Services:

  • Visits to a range of Public Service organisations

  • Expeditions and outdoor activities

  • Practical projects such as: planning a physical fitness programme for a chosen Public service

  • Visiting speakers from Public Services

  • Written reports, booklets and leaflet production

The course consists of 9 units including: Adventurous Activities; Health, Fitness and Lifestyle; Preparing to Respond to Emergency incidents; Security Procedures in the Public Services; The Role and Work of the Public Services; Working Skills in the Public Services; Employment in the Public Services; Citizenship, Society and the Public Services; Crime and its Effects on Society and Individuals

Entry requirements

Four GCSEs Grade 3 including English Language or successful completion of Level 1 at a merit or above.

Where next?

The course provides a route into the Public Services, either directly (for the Armed Services) or by moving on to a BTEC National Diploma (for progression to the other Public Services). You can progress to the BTEC National Diploma if you achieve a Merit or above on the First Diploma and have an appropriate Level 2 qualification in English.

Work experience and employability

This course does not contain a specific work experience component, but has other activities to help you develop employability skills. If you would like to undertake a work placement alongside your studies, our Employability Team can help.

What additional resources will I need?

The course will require you to meet some costs for expeditions, course trips and visits (approximate cost £60), and you may need to buy a course textbook.

Fees information

This course is free to students aged 16-18.

Students aged 19+ will usually be charged a tuition fee, unless they meet certain eligibility criteria for fee remission. For those paying, an Advanced Learner Loan may be available. For further advice on fees, waivers and loans, please contact the Fees Co-Ordinator at Queens Drive.


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