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Public Services Level 3

Programme Description

Gain an insight into the public services as a rewarding working environment.

This course will provide you with an opportunity to study a variety of public services-related units that are carefully selected to reflect employability opportunities within the industry. It aims to prepare you for further study opportunities and provides a stepping-stone to higher education or employment.

The course provides a vocational route into the industry, alongside developing essential skills such as literacy, numeracy and digital literacy. Throughout the programme you will take part in activities such as Police role play exercises, Armed Forces events and national public services competitions. There is also a guest speaker programme that aims to enhance your learning and provide a realistic view of the sector.

You are also encouraged to engage in our Sports Academies that aim to develop athletes and players in a range of sports.

Programme Features

Areas of study include teamwork and leadership skills, physical preparation, crime and law and adventurous activities. You will also develop transferable interpersonal skills such as working with others, problem solving, autonomous learning and critical thinking skills. Students will also develop skills in organisation, personal progression planning and research at an appropriate level.

You will work with partners of the college to lead a public services competition where you will have the opportunity to compete with learners from colleges across Wales. You will also have the opportunity to attend a UK Public Services competition where you take part in challenges that include drill and fitness.

The Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate is a key feature of this course.

Progression & Employment

This course aims to prepare you for progression onto a range of higher education courses or a career in the public services. Potential career pathways may include police officer, fire fighter, paramedic, member of the HM Forces and working for community service organisations.

Progression routes depend on achievements at L3. It is an expectation that learners aspire to complete with highest profile possible and demonstrate progress in literacy, numeracy and digital literacy. Progress is subject to interview.

Programme Content

The course is made up of 18 units that may include:

Fitness Testing

Outdoor and Adventurous Expeditions


Police Powers

Communication and Technology

Legal Aspects

Command and Control


Behaviour in the Public Sector

Major Incidents

The course also includes the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate, skills development sessions and a tutorial programme.

Programme Assessment

All assessment are designed and assessed internally, with external sampling taking place on request.

Each unit is assessed to reach a pass, merit or distinction profile. Students must meet specific assessment criteria in order to achieve each mark.

Programme Entry Requirements

You will require a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C, which includes either English Language or Welsh (1st Language) and Maths. GCSE Physical Education is beneficial, but not essential. Progressions from Level 2 Sport are also accepted providing learners achieve a merit profile. All learners are assessed on an individual basis and will be offered the opportunity to attend an interview.

Skills development is an essential part of this course and will be supported through the completion of the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate.

Additional Costs

All learners are required to pay an administration fee of £45 prior to enrolment.

You will need to provide your own stationery and may also incur costs if the department arranges educational visits.