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Level 3 90-credit Diploma in Public Services

Level 3 90 Credit Diploma in Public Services.

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Title Campus Type Week Starting Places Available Fee
Level 3 90-credit Diploma in Public Services
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Full-Time 03/09/2018
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Course Overview


This 1 year course is the equivalent to 3 AS levels and enables you to learn about working within the Public Services. 

Upon successful completion of this year you can progress onto the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Services which will allow you to gain the equivalent to 3 A Levels. 

The course is timetabled for 15 hours per week. A further 8 hours may be allocated to Essential Skills and Employability.

Students can potentially progress onto university to study a wide range of degrees available, or pursue employment.  

Subjects studied may include:  

  • Outdoor and adventurous expeditions
  • Skills for land based outdoor adventurous activities
  • Skills for water based outdoor adventurous activities
  • Land navigation by map and compass
  • Fitness testing and training
  • Teamwork and leadership
  • Understanding discipline
  • Crime and its effects on society
  • Government policies
  • Police powers
  • Aspects of the legal system  


You will work towards a Personal Development qualification and will be involved in a range of activities designed to improve employability. You will be required to complete Essential Skills in Literacy and Numeracy if you do not have a GCSE Grade C or above in English or Maths.  You will also have the opportunity to complete a qualification in ICT.


Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for this course are 4 GCSE’s between grades A* to C or equivalent, including English and Mathematics.  A keen interest in outdoor activities is also desirable.  

In circumstances where there are more applications for a course than there are places available, the College reserves the right to ask for higher grades.

Where will it take me?

Successful completion of this course will lead directly onto further study on the 1 year Extended Diploma (top up), which upon completion will be the equivalent to 3 A Levels.

Alternatively the course can also lead directly into a career within the uniformed public services such as the Police Service, Fire Service, Ambulance Service and Prison Service. Additionally, the course will prepare you for careers within the Civil Service, NHS, criminal justice system, social care system and other public sector employers.
How will it make me more employable?
 You will ‘Get the Edge’ by:
  • Gaining a vocational qualification demonstrating your technical competence.
  • Gaining a Personal Development qualification demonstrating your employability skills (communication, teamwork, critical thinking)
  • Gaining hands on experience through Placements and Industry Projects
  • Getting involved in activities such as the SERC Volunteer Programme and SERC Student Companies.

This course will help you succeed in a highly competitive job market by developing the skills and knowledge which employers need you to have. 

How will I be assessed and given feedback?
Assessment will include a combination of written assignments and practical tasks throughout the year. There are no exams and the student develops a portfolio of evidence which is assessed at pass, merit and distinction standard. The assessment is ongoing and tracked regularly to provide students with a good understanding of their academic achievement.
Additional Costs

An upfront payment upon registration to the course to cover costs for outdoor activities is £150 for the year. 

These activities will form the basis of assessment and therefore they are mandatory.

Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

While we endeavour to run all our courses on the advertised day, SERC reserves the right to change the day of week on which the course runs.

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