Public Services (Uniformed) Single Vocational A Level (BTEC Extended Certificate)

Course Description

Would you like to develop the skills, discipline and knowledge required to equip you for a career in the Police, Fire Service, Ambulance Service, Prison Service, Army, Royal Navy, RAF or Royal Marines? This single vocational A Level in Public Services is an exciting and vibrant course that will provide you with the support and guidance you need to gain employment in the Public Services or for you to succeed in your application to University. You will cover a variety of units all directly relevant to working within the public services and have the opportunity to take part in various day and residential trips and participate in workshops from numerous guest speakers.

Entry Requirements

Students will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 6 and three other GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language and Mathematics at grade 4. This course may be taken alongside A Level courses and may be more suited to learners with a strong profile of prior attainment in vocational studies.

Course Content

This is a two year course and is taken alongside A Level courses. Units covered are: Government Policies and the Public Services, Leadership and Teamwork, Understanding Discipline, and Police Powers. You will develop a responsible and co-operative approach to working on your own and as part of a group, developing skills such as team work and communication alongside your academic skills. The course uses practical activities, presentations and involvement with local public services wherever possible to enhance the learning experience.


The course is continually assessed through written assignments, projects, consultations, presentations and case studies.

Enrichment and Work Experience

A Level students are required to complete a one week work experience placement. Work experience is a vital part of a young person’s learning experience. It supports the academic skills they develop and allows them to acquire skills that cannot be taught in the classroom. Responsibility for obtaining this placement lies ultimately with the student, although there is a vast amount of support and guidance available to assist students through the work experience officer, careers guidance team, curriculum teachers and your personal tutor.

You will have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of sports related enrichment and we encourage our students to do so. These include: Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, First Aid, Voluntary Service Award, Cricket, Football, Basketball, Rugby, Netball and Athletics.

Additional Information

As part of this course you will have the opportunity to undertake the Level 2 Gym Instructor course run by Focus Training. We are able to offer this at a significantly reduced cost. The course is aimed at those wishing to pursue a career within the health and fitness industry, equipping you with the skills, knowledge and understanding to work with gym users and help them to reach their health and fitness goals. The qualification is nationally accredited and recognised throughout the UK and overseas.

Links with other subjects: Public Services links well with numerous subjects including Law, Physical Education, Sport, Government and Politics, Psychology, Sociology and Sport and Exercise Science.

The Policing Academy
Do you want to be a Police Officer? The Policing Academy is a 10 week programme designed to inspire, challenge and support students interested in joining the Police. It allows students to gain a practical understanding of the application process, initial training and life in the force and is delivered by experienced ex GMP officers. Topics covered develop your knowledge and understanding in a range of areas including: caution, arrest, burglary, theft, drugs and public order, as well as give you information and tips on the application process. Students will also take part in skill development exercises, gain an insight into the life of a new recruit and undertake the Police entry tests. Interested students will be selected at the end of their first year via an application an interview process.

Future Career Opportunities

This Public Services course is designed to educate and equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary for a career within the uniformed public services, including the Police, Fire Service, Army, Royal Navy, RAF, Royal Marine Commandos, Prison Service and Ambulance Service.

Why study at The Sixth Form Bolton?

• Taught by specialists in Public Services
• Links with the local Police, and Fire services, MPs, Prisons and the Armed Forces and key industry speakers
• Opportunity to take part in residential and day trips
• Opportunity to take part in external awards such National Citizen Service (NCS) And Duke of Edinburgh Award
• Practical training sessions that will help prepare you for the demands of employment in the uniformed public services
• Activities undertaken to improve your problem solving, teamwork, leadership, communication and cohesion skills