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Course Overview

You will:

  • Spend most of your college week studying an industry recognised qualification – NCFE Level Diploma in Public Services
  • As part of the course you will take part in a number of excursions as well as adventurous activities such as rock climbing, abseiling and kayaking. Also you will take part in physical activity, fitness training, tutorials and work experience
  • You will also have the opportunity to enhance your employability skills by continuing your studies in English and maths if you did not achieve GCSE Grade 4.

The qualification provides an opportunity for candidates to explore and prepare for employment in the field of Uniformed Services or Sport/Outdoor Activities. It is not anticipated however that candidates would transfer into a Uniformed Services or Sport/Outdoor Activities job immediately after completing this course but it provides a basis for further study and career development.

It aims to develop candidates’ skills and personal qualities in preparation for all areas of employment. It also provides an opportunity to develop problem solving skills.

The course involves a mix of theory and practical work. Candidates should be prepared for a high level of physical participation and will spend some time outdoors.

PE 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.

Level 1
1 year full-time
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Units and Structure

The NCFE Level 1 Award in Personal Development for the Outdoor Industry course extends over a one year period. The course is divided into four units. Candidates must successfully complete all units to achieve the qualification.

The Units are:

  • Investigate employment opportunities in the Uniformed Services
  • Well-being and physical fitness
  • Team working skills
  • Developing self-discipline
  • Carry out essential map reading navigation
  • Health, safety and emergency care
  • Participate in adventurous activities

Entry Requirements

You'll need to have:

  • There are no formal entry requirements.
  • All applicants must complete an initial assessment in Maths and English and attend an interview.

For equivalent qualifications see our Entry Requirements Explained page.

Tutors and Student Support

Jordan Pickering

Jordan Pickering

Curriculum Lead in Sports and Public Services

Jordan has been a member of the Sports and Public Services team since April 2010. Prior to this Jordan worked at Sheffield Wednesday Football Club as the Programme Development Manager, providing education to the academy players and for the community programme.

Jordan has 15 years coaching experience and spent a year working on the West Coast of America as a soccer coach for both boys and girls sides over a number of age groups. Over the past sixteen years Jordan has played football for local and regional football teams. The highest standard was Semi Professional for a number of local teams that play in Northern Eastern Counties League.

Jordan has also worked in the health and fitness industry as a Duty Manager at a local leisure centre and a personal trainer and has been qualified for over 12 years. Jordan specialises in Inclusive Fitness.

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Kevin Neary

Kevin Neary

Public Services Lecturer

I have been a lecturer in the FE Sector for 9 years and my experience extends from 24yrs in the Armed Forces, Royal Logistics Corps (RLC) (Pioneer Regiment) as a Senior Military Instructor and Platoon Sergeant /Commander.

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Student Support and Facilities

As a student, you’ll have access to a wide range of facilities, services and support, including:

  • Step outside the classroom  and access our state of the art facilities as well as 3 huge Learning Resource Centres with thousands of resources to use
  • With hands-on experience you’ll be prepared for employment with a competitive edge.
  • A dedicated impartial careers advice team to help you on your future path
  • Our wide range of courses means that we can offer the right paths to get you where you need to be
  • Our Hub campus is right in the heart of the town centre meaning you can find your way to us easily
  • Outstanding student support throughout your studies with us.

Student Comment

Last year I was the Level 1 in Unformed Public Service course. One of the units I found really interesting was employment because it opened up a different range of jobs within the uniformed public services that I had not even thought about. Through these lessons I decided to sign up for the Rifles Yorkshire regiment rather than signing up for the army.  The tutors are brilliant, they are all enthusiastic about their subjects and the lessons are fun and informative.

One of the trips we went on last year was a Skiing trip to Italy where we spent a week at Pita Resort. It was the first time I have been skiing so this was a new and exciting experience. By the end of the week I became a decent skier and I am looking forward to go again next year.

My current goal is to progress from the level 2 onto the Level 3 Uniformed Public Service programme.

Milan Popik Public Services Level 1

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The Scheme helps athletes in education – aged 16-plus – to get the very best from their sporting and academic careers without having to choose between the two.

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Want to apply for this course?

You'll need to have:

  • There are no formal entry requirements.
  • All applicants must complete an initial assessment in Maths and English and attend an interview.

For equivalent qualifications see our Entry Requirements Explained page.

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