BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Public Services


The Diploma in Public Services is a two year course, aimed at students interested in understanding the role that Public Services play within society today.  It is particuarly suited to students considering careers within the Uniformed Public Services such as the Police Service, Fire Service, Army, NHS or Prison Service.   The course is extremely hands-on and students are given opportunities to meet and talk to Public Services personnel and get a taste of what their day-to-day jobs might involve.  The Diploma is equivalent to two A Levels.

What goes well with this course?

  • Sport
  • Health & Social Care
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Politics


A qualification in Public Services provides a firm foundation for a career path in this area and can help to set you apart from other applicants. The course also provides students with the transferrable skills that are needed to work in areas requiring team work and self discipline. Many students progress to university degree courses in Public Services (such as Policing or Criminology) and others go directly into employment within the Public Services.

Course Content

Students will acquire knowledge in a wide range of subject areas related to public services including:

  • Criminology
  • Law
  • Citizenship & Diversity
  • International Perspectives and Human Behaviour

Students will also develop a variety of personal skills such as:

  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Fitness


Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences

The College runs a number of educational experiences each year to enable students to contextualise their learning. These experiences include trips, visiting speakers and residentials.

Students will get physically involved in a wide range of activities that involve team work such as army assault courses and a field gun challenge.

They will also have the chance to engage with Public Services personnel through a variety of external trips and visits including a residential.  


This course is a non-exam based course.  Students are assessed via coursework, role plays, projects, individual/group presentations and  practical assessments. On the Diploma, students will complete 120 credits worth of coursework over the two years of the course.

The exam board for this course is Pearson BTEC.

Entry Requirements

Students wishing to do BTEC Level 3 courses, need to have (or expect to achieve) at least four GCSE passes at Grade 4 or above including English and Mathematics (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on a BTEC Level 3 Programme.

Students will enjoy this course if they like to:

  • Complete coursework
  • Participate in practical tasks to enhance learning
  • Participate in physical activities and enjoy the outdoor environment
  • Complete independent research

Students should have a keen interest in working within the Public Services and enjoy communicating through speaking and working independently, as well as part of a team.  Ideally students should be a Cadet (eg Police, Army, Royal Airforce) or have voluntary experience, working with organisations such as St John's Ambulance.  

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2018

The application form for the academic year 2018-2019 is available to download here.

Students should return their completed forms directly to Coulsdon College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according to the College's Admissions Policy Admissions Policy.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

Download Course Leaflet

Download the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Public Services information leaflet.

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