Public Services – BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Public Services


This course is designed to prepare students for a wide range of careers within the Uniformed Public Services or for progression on to higher education. Core units include Government Policies, Team Leadership & Development, Citizenship & Diversity.

Students will also study Crime & Its Effects and practical units including Physical Fitness and Instructing Physical Activity and Exercise. Within the practical elements of the course students will participate in different kinds of fitness training, take part in a number of team building activities and participate in Royal Marines fitness sessions.

Course Content

The course covers a wide range of topics including:

  • Government Policies
  • Leadership
  • Citizenship & Diversity
  • Health & Fitness
  • Land Navigation

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 the 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.


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 many different areas, eg Team Work and Self Discipline. Many students progress on to university degree courses in Public Services (such as Policing or Criminology) and others go direct into employment within the Public Services.

Entry Requirements & Assessment

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.

This course is assessed purely through coursework (100%). Some coursework tasks might involve writing reports, individual or group presentations or practical tasks. Students will complete 30 or 60 credits worth of coursework during the duration of the Certificate or Subsidiary Diploma.

The exam board for this course is Pearson BTEC.

What goes well with this course?

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


How To Apply

Applications for entry September 2022. The application form for the academic year 2022-2023 is available to complete online 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. Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.



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