Level 3 Extended Diploma in Protective Services

Subject Area: Course code: Course Type:
Public Services OR211A01/20/2 Further Education

Course Information

This two year course aims to help develop the skills and knowledge required to gain employment in the uniformed public services. If you are interested in a career in the Police, HM Customs & Excise, Probation Service, Fire & Rescue Service, Immigration or any public sector related job, then this is the course for you. This qualification requires motivation and a good academic level of achievement as it gives learners the opportunity to progress into Higher Education or employment in the Public Service Sector.

The course is specifically designed to provide a balance between academic and 'hands-on'. The first year of study will be focussed on vocational studies whilst the second year will help develop your leadership qualities. Alongside practical and vocational learning the study programme requires written assignments and classroom work with the aim of developing students to become fully independent researchers, so you will need to be disciplined in your time management of assignments. It is designed to give a realistic approach to achieving a career within the uniformed public services.


  • Level 3 Extended Diploma in Protective Services
Course Content
  • Year 1 units include:
    Physical Preparation
    Health and Lifestyle for the Public Services
    Fitness Testing and Training for the Uniformed Public Services
    Understanding Discipline in the Uniformed Public Services
    Government, policies and the public services
    Police Powers in the Public Services
    Custodial Care Services
    Crime and its effects on society
    Security Procedures in the Public Services
    Responding to Emergency Service Incidents
    Communication and Technology in the Uniformed Public Services

    Year 2 units include:
    Exercise, Health and Lifestyle
    Citizenship, Diversity and the Public Services
    Leadership and Teamwork in the Public Services
    Command and Control in the Uniformed Public Services
    Planning and Management of Major Incidents
    Skills for Land-based Outdoor and Adventurous Activities
    Skills for Water-based Outdoor and Adventurous Activities
    Outdoor and Adventurous Expeditions

    You will take part in many practical activities including high ropes, climbing, kayaking and you will also achieve a good level of fitness!In addition you could achieve the following qualifications: First aidAll students will have the opportunity to join the Combined Cadet Force (CCF), Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme (DofE) and can participate in Football and Rugby at various levels with the chance of joining the British Colleges Leagues college team.
Entry Requirements
  • 4 GCSEs at minimum grades 9-4 / A*-C, including English and maths OR a Level 2 Diploma at Merit level including English and maths grades 9-4 / A*-C. You need a keen interest in outdoor adventure/sport/uniformed public services.
Next Steps
  • Higher Education - University
Career Opportunities
  • Public or armed services, Outdoor activity centres, Coastguard, Sports/Leisure centres, Schools, Colleges and Universities, Youth leadership.

Dates & Fees

Dates & Times
Start date: End date: Start time: End time:
07-Sep-2020 25-Jun-2022 9.15 a.m. 4.45 p.m.
Mode of attendance
Full Time
Day of the week Number of sessions
Course Fees

There are no course fees for eligible students aged 16-18. Students aged 19-25 may also be eligible for government funding or a student loan depending on their circumstances.
You will be required to purchase kit at the start of the course at £120 - this cost will include a contribution towards additional educational visits. It is also recommended that applicants set aside £50 towards costs of the expedition which is held at the end of the course. All Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be provided.

Materials Required

The applicant will be issued with a kit list at the start of the course and will be required to purchase a public services uniform and outdoor footwear.

What's next?

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