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What opportunities will this course give me?

Careers in the industry are very popular and therefore the job market is very competitive. Recent changes have opened up increased opportunities for part-time employment within the armed forces due to the increase of Reservists. Police officer roles are often selected from internal staff and therefore entry requires prior experience such as that of a Special Constable or PCSO. Fire and Rescue Service jobs are more readily available through the part time retained duty system or full time within larger cities. The uniformed public services are essential and are required by the country to protect the public. This programme will help you develop the skills needed to work in uniformed public services. On this programme you will learn about the job roles and entry processes required to join the uniformed public services. Upon successful completion progression could be onto a Level 3 course such as Uniformed Public Services or Criminology; other options could be Military Preparation College or directly into employment depending on age, experience and other qualifications. Once you are 18 years other potential civilian public services roles could be as an emergency service Call Handler, Special Constable, PCSO or Community First Responder or entry to the armed forces which can be at an earlier age. Entry to front-line roles will require the successful completion of services selection processes which include tests such as physical, medical, academic and evidence of work related competencies which require personal experience of working with others and dealing with a variety of situations.

What will I be learning?

The Level 2 programme is made up of a variety of theoretical and practical units covering subjects such as teamwork, communications, employment skills, health and fitness , navigation, outdoor activities and equality & diversity. All students without grade A*-C / 9-4 in English or maths will undertake either a GCSE or Functional Skills programme. The pathway followed will be dependent on the grade achieved at GCSE and college diagnostic screening. During the programme you will have direct contact with a range of uniformed public services through presentations, visits and activities. Recent examples include a day with the Royal Marines, drill and radio exercises with the Army, a day at Eastleigh Fire Station, talks from the Royal Navy and the local PCSO and taking part in role play as a casualty for paramedic final assessments.

Why is this course for me?

You will be assessed by completing a portfolio of evidence through a variety of different assessment methods such as written work, observations, discussions and practical demonstrations.
Hours will be timetabled between 08.45 - 16.30 over four days per week, however these may change when offsite activities are taking place. You need to be prepared to take an active role in a variety of outdoor and team activities, as well as classroom based learning throughout the year. Offsite trips and activities form part of the course and attendance is mandatory. Most of your coursework will be carried out in class but there will also be the need to complete some tasks in your own time.

What do I need to sign up?

You will need at least 4 GCSEs at a minimum of grade D / 3 or equivalent. You must have a genuine interest in the public services, be committed to improving your fitness, be self-disciplined and prepared to study in a class as well as an outdoor environment. You should also have good attendance and attitude reports from your previous school or college, a passion for the career pathway and complete a successful college interview.

You need to be aware of the strict medical requirements of many of the uniformed public services, especially the armed forces (e.g. asthma may restrict entry) however this will not affect your application to this programme. Please ask if you need any further information on this matter.

Is there anything else I need to know?

Fitness kit - shorts/tracksuit bottoms, sports trainers.
Study equipment - pens, notepad, highlighters, memory stick, headphones.

Desirable kit: walking boots (prices vary, no need to spend more than 30-40); lightweight waterproof jacket

We will provide:
• Public Services Uniform - items and styles vary each year. Uniform is compulsory
• Stationery - file, notepad
• Locker - 10 deposit required

Course costs per year: 16-18 fully funded, 19+ fees apply
There will be a fee of £100 payable to the Public Service department to make a contributions towards the costs of uniform, stationery, trips and activities undertaken over the year. Financial support through the college may be available for low income households. Uniform will be allocated when this payment has been received. £5 cash deposit required for locker.

Application Information

Please note that all courses are subject to minimum numbers and course descriptions may be subject to change. A place on your chosen course is not confirmed until all of the necessary enrolment paperwork is signed and any relevant fees are paid. The team will be in touch to discuss this with you, once your application has been processed.

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12/09/2022 - Apply Now


Eastleigh College

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24+: £1,766.00

Session Venue Starts Days Time Weeks Fees* 24+ Fees*
DEUS2 Eastleigh College 12/09/2022 Full-Time Full-Time Full-Time   £1,766.00 Apply now

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Need some further advice?

If you require further advice and guidance about any of our courses, the College has a dedicated Careers Advisor who can be contacted on telephone 023 8091 1014