PUBLIC SERVICES

BTEC

Is it for me?

If you have an interest in joining a public service, uniformed or non-uniformed, then this could be the course for you.

What will I be doing?

The programme is assignment based, working individually and in small groups. There is also regular theoretical input. You will be developing knowledge, skills and understanding of government, policies, leadership and teamwork in the public services as well as studying about citizenship and diversity.

How do I pass the course?

You need good attendance and punctuality throughout the course as well as an ability to work independently. You will need to be motivated and organised as there are a lot of deadlines to meet. The course is based on task and project completion and is assessed purely on continuous assessment. A Pass, Merit or Distinction can be achieved depending on your ability to describe, explain, analyse and evaluate a range of new concepts.

Where will it take me?

If you wish to continue in education then you could progress on to a foundation degree. This award is recognised by UCAS and so the points achieved by the end of the course can go towards gaining a place at university. Other people who have studied this course have gone on to work as police officers, fire officers, ambulance technicians, prison officers, HM Customs and Excise officials and armed forces personnel to name but a few.

How do I get on the course?

If you have studied this subject before, then you will need to have achieved at least a Pass. If you have not studied this course before, then you will need to have achieved a minimum of 4 subjects at the equivalent of A*-C at Key Stage 4. For further information talk to your teachers or attend the Post-16 Open Evening.