Public Services Level 2 Diploma

Awarding body: Edexcel
Qualification: BTEC Diploma
Course Level: Level 2
Location: The Hub
Duration: 1 year full-time
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Course Description

The Public Services Level 2 Diploma provides a progression opportunity for you to identify and develop the skills required to gain a successful career in the Uniformed Public Services


This course will enable students to examine a range of uniformed public services and make informed decisions about their future career. The course combines theory and practical application of knowledge to develop essential leadership and team work skills and improve personal fitness levels to meet the entry requirements of their chosen Public Service.


The qualification would be benefit individuals wishing to enter employment in:


The Emergency Services:

  • Police, Fire Service or Ambulance Service


The Armed Forces:

  • Army, RAF, Navy, Royal Marines


Other Services:

  • Prison and Security Services
  • HM Customs and Excise
  • Security
  • Community Service Organisations

Course Structure

The course is made up of seven units (60 credits) , three of which are mandatory, one specialist and three optional units.


Mandatory units include:

  • Public Service Skills
  • Career Planning for the Public Services
  • Uniformed Public Service Fitness


Specialist units:

  • Employment in the Uniformed Public Services


Three Optional units:

  • Sport and Recreation in the Public Services
  • Land Navigation by Map and Compass
  • Driving and its Relationship to Public Services


Students will have the opportunity to take a number of additional qualifications such as functional skills and NCFE Exercise Studies.


PT kit and walking boots are required, some outdoor clothing is provided. Learners will be expected to wear a ‘uniform’ of polo shirt, walking trousers and waterproof jacket.

Course Assessment

This course is internally assessed by means of performance observations, assignments, presentations, reports and projects. In addition to classroom based study the course includes outdoor activities including a week's residential visit, demanding personal fitness training and visits to various Public Services organisations.

Entry Requirements

  • 5 GCSE grades D including English and Maths
  • NCFE Introductory Course in Public Services Level 1/2
  • For equivalent qualifications see the Entry Requirements Explained page
  • All applicants must complete an initial assessment in Maths and English and attend an interview
  • All applicants are to successfully complete a one week Introduction to Public Services course. Initial assessment pre-enrolment and diagnostics tests.

Course Progression Routes

BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Public Services (with Merit Profille).

Course Career Prospects

Job opportunities include working in the Fire Service, Police, Army, RAF, Prison Service, Ambulance Service and Customs and Excise.


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If you are unsure about your career progression please contact the Careers Team.


Activities such as trips and visits will be arranged, which are beneficial to this course and your learning. These activities are optional and additional fees will be charged to you. Details will be provided at the time of interview.


Enrichment Activities will be available to you such as:

  • Football (male and female)
  • Basketball
  • Netball
  • Rugby
  • Martial Arts
  • Fitness and Exercise


Note: subject to skills tests and timetable.

Course Costs

There are no course fees if you are under 19 years old. However, you may have to pay for textbooks, personal kits, uniforms, trips and personal stationery. You will be informed of these at your interview.


Approximately £200 is required for uniform, a residential visit plus other entry fee through the year, eg canoeing and climbing.

Specific Course Information Contact

Academic Administration 01302 553951 or 01302 553584, pearl.burnip@don.ac.uk

For Application and Enrolment Information Contact

Student Services,
Doncaster College,
The Hub,
Chappell Drive,


Free phone: 0800 358 7575

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