NCFE Level 3 Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services

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Topic Description: 
Public Services
Full Time
Course Start Date: 
Course End Date: 
Number of Weeks: 
Length of Course: 
1 year
South Block
19-23 Fee: 
24+ Fee: 
24+ Loans: 
Advanced Learning Loans are not available for this course.
HE Loans: 
You will not be able to apply for a Student Loan from the Student Loan Company
16-18 only
NVQ Level: 
Level 3
Awarding Body: 
Who is this course for?: 
This as an alternative qualification to the EDEXCEL/BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma. This one-year course is ideally suited to those students who are wishing to study an A-level type course. The course develops physical fitness, leadership skills, map reading in open country, an understanding of current affairs and preparing for a career in a uniformed service. This course contains practical units that supports career development towards the Emergency Services and Armed Forces.
What will I need?: 
A reasonable standard of education with at least 4 C’s or above at GCSE, and the ability to manage your own time effectively. A very high level of attendance and punctuality, a commitment to the course and appropriate behaviour and maturity.
What will I study?: 
You will study 8 units from the following depending of the needs of the students in terms of their career aspirations.

• Prepare for employment to a chosen Uniformed Services
• Develop Aspects of Physical Fitness
• Refine Leadership Skills
• Legal Implications of Physical Fitness
• Carry out advanced map reading and navigation across open country
• Demonstrate an understanding of current affairs
• Participate in coaching sessions within competitive sports
• Assist in planning and leading Adventurous Outdoor Activities
• Use Telecommunications in emergency situations
• Develop an understanding of personal protection
• Participate in Public Service routine
• Prepare for emergency situations

All students will have numeracy and/ or literacy support and students will sit an exam towards the end of the year to show how much they have progressed. All uniformed services employees have a numeracy and literacy test as part of their entry process and students work towards completing these successfully.

The course’s focus is mainly practical and will allow the student to practise and reflect on the skills needed for a higher level course and career needs.
What will I gain?: 
NCFE Level 3 Certificate for Entry in to the Uniformed Services.
Where will this lead?: 
Dependent on age, this course can lead straight in to Armed Forces and Emergency Services employment and onto the HND Public Services. Alternatively students may wish to study another Level 3 course as part of their career development. Information, advice and guidance will offered during the course to direct students to the most appropriate progression route.
Additional Infomation: 
There are some occupations where you will find it difficult to gain employment due to a criminal record or a medical condition including epilepsy, asthma, hearing, eyesight, country of origin.

Education visits and visiting speakers may be arranged outside your normal timetable. The current costs for visits for the year will be approximately £120, payable in stages.

Uniformed Public Service students are expected to wear a uniform and this can be purchased via our recommended supplier. The basic uniform cost is currently £85.

Community involvement is becoming an essential part of employer entry requirements and learners are encouraged to volunteer within the community.

If you require any confidential guidance on these matters please contact our Advice and Guidance team, or alternatively tutors in the department.

Subject to funding, and availability, the following assistance can be requested by anyone attending a college course:-

• Additional one-to-one support for people with specific learning difficulties
• Interpreters
• Care officers
• Mobility officers, for the visually impaired
• Assessment to find out what your needs are and how best they can be helped
• Assistance with travel
Please Note: 
Please Note

• Where costs are quoted in this document they are correct at the time of publication, but may be changed
• Timetables are given as an indication only, these may vary
• Weeks shown are the maximum number expected
• The formation of a class is conditional on enrolments which the College considers sufficient
• The College reserves the right to close or reduce the hours of any class for which the attendance has ceased to justify its continuance
• All classes are filled on a ‘first come, first served’ basis