L2 Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services FT – September 2024

Funding information: Free for Eligible 16-18 year olds. Adult funding available dependant on learner circumstances otherwise course costs apply.
Duration: 1 Year
Attendance: Full-time Provision

Course Overview

This Level 2 Entry into Uniformed Public Service course provides the ideal stepping stone into a whole range of exciting careers within the public sector, including the Armed Services, Prison and Probation Services as well as the Police Service. You will benefit from the expertise of teachers who also have backgrounds in these services. Our strong links with the Armed Services enable you to take part in relevant visits and activities during your course, giving you a valuable insight into the kind of skills and attributes you will need to develop, in order to progress into your chosen career might include.

Fitness is also a major element of our public services courses, preparing you well for the Armed Services or Police Services selection assessments you may eventually have to undertake. You will need a good standard of English to communicate with members of the public and peers and will develop the ability to write-up notes and reports. You will participate in Role plays and leadership roles within a team.

The timetable for this course runs over 3-4 days per week. A typical day will start at 9 am and finish at around 4.30pm and students will have between 2-4 lessons each day. Maths and English study will be compulsory for students who still require a grade 4. The time table will include lessons to support this.

You will be able to progress onto Level 3 Public Services and subsequently study at Higher Education (Degree Level).

Course Content

You will learn and develop the important interpersonal skills associated with the services, such as communication, collaboration and giving and receiving orders and direction. You will learn the importance of teamwork, leadership and the different approaches to problem-solving. Maths skills will be developed for map and compass, navigation and for planning team expeditions and night-exercises and overnight residential activities that take place.

Every student will be required to undertake some form of work experience or work experience related activities, these are usually undertaken during the residential activities that are organised by the staff in the Public Service department. The residential activities organised are challenging, fun and exciting but more importantly will give you as a student some real insight into the day to day life for the uniformed public services.

Please see below an outline of the different types of units you will study on this course:

  • Employment
  • Physical Fitness
  • Teamwork and Leadership
  • Health and Safety
  • Health and Hygiene
  • Routines
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Map Reading and Navigation
  • Competitive Teams Sports
  • Telecommunications in the Services

Please be advised that some units may potentially change.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs (grades 3-9) or a relevant Level 1 qualification. Maths and English will be studied alongside the qualification if not achieved at grade 4 or above.

Assessment Methods

  • portfolio
  • coursework


Upon successful completion of this course, you can choose to progress on to the Level 3 Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services or Level 3 Diploma in Uniformed Services (Armed Forces and Emergency Services)