Public Services (Uniformed Protective)

Course Description

The course is designed for those interested in careers in the uniformed protective services including the Police, Ambulance Service, Fire Service, and the Armed forces and will develop your skills, discipline and knowledge for a career within the public service sector.

Entry Requirements

Students will be expected to have five GCSEs at grade 9-4, or a Merit in a relevant vocational Level 2 Diploma (or equivalent). In addition, students will be expected to have GCSE grade 4 in English Language and a minimum of grade 3 in Mathematics.

Features of the Course

This two year course consists of a wide variety of units including: Behaviour and Discipline, Global Affairs, Physical Preparation, Health and Wellbeing, Teamwork and Leadership, Planning for and Responding to Emergency Incidents and Police Powers and the Law.

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 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 former Greater Manchester Police 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 and interview process.


The course has two units assessed externally and 11 units are continually assessed through written assignments, projects, consultations, presentations and case studies.

Exam Board: Pearson RQF

Enrichment and Work Experience

As part of the Triple Vocational A Level programme all students will complete a one-week compulsory work placement of their choice. Work experience is a vital part of a young person’s learning experience. It supports the academic skills they develop during their time at The Sixth Form and allows them to acquire skills that cannot be taught in the classroom. Responsibility for obtaining this placement lies ultimately with the learner, although there is a vast amount of support and guidance available at 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, netball and athletics.

Additional Information

As part of the course, you will be required to take part in a one-week residential. This is a compulsory part of the course as you will complete assessed work based on the activities undertaken. This residential is counted towards the compulsory work placement required for all Triple Vocational A Level students.

You will also have the opportunity to undertake the Level 2 Gym Instructor course through a local company called 88 Fitness Education & 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.

Future Career Opportunities

Students progress to careers in many of the uniformed public services as well as to higher education studying degrees in related areas such as criminology and policing.

Why study at The Sixth Form Bolton?

• Taught by specialists in Public Services
• Links with the local Police, Fire services, MPs, Prisons and the Armed Forces
• 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’s 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