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Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Services

This two year qualification is equivalent in size to three A Levels and is delivered in the Bangor Campus only.
2 Years
Level 3

Course Overview

This 2-year course is the equivalent to 3 A levels and enables you to learn about working within the Public Services.  The course is offered in Bangor campus. The modules are timetabled for 15 hours per week.  One day a week is not timetabled to provide the opportunity for directed study, personal development or perhaps part-time work in the voluntary sector.  On successful completion of this course, students can progress onto university to study a wide range of degrees available or pursue employment in the uniformed services.

 A further 8 hours may be allocated to Essential Skills and Employability.  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 IT.


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Available Sessions

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Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Services (Year 1)





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Course Modules

Year 1

Outdoor and Adventurous Expeditions

Leadership and Teamwork in Public Services

Skills for Land Based Outdoor Adventurous Activities

Government Policies and the Public Services 

Citizenship Diversity and the Public Services 

Year 2

 Current and Media Affairs

 Understanding Discipline

Alternative Pursuits for Outdoor Adventure 

 Fitness Testing and Training

 Land Navigation by Map and Compass

 Skills for Water Based Outdoor Adventurous Activities

Fundamentals of Nautical Studies 

 Aspects of the Legal System 

 Planning and Management of Major Incidents


Ideal If:

 You want work as a Police Officer, Fire Fighter, Paramedic or join the Army. You can also continue your studies to a higher level at University.

You'll Learn:

 Teamwork and leadership skills, discipline and aspects of the legal system.

You'll Love:

 The outdoor expeditions and fitness training and the hands-on experience with industry and  the opportunities to volunteer with local organisations.

You'll Progress:

You could progress to university or look for immediate employment in the armed or emergency uniformed public services. The course will allow you to be prepared for entry into the public services. The varied nature of the course allows students to find something which interests them which commonly includes outdoor activities, criminology or sociology. The skills developed on this course can be easily transferred to any avenue of employment.

You'll Need:

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.

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.

In addition to the above Terms & Conditions students must also adhere to the following:

 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 is mandatory.

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