Uniformed Protective Services


Uniformed Protective Services

BTEC Level 3

Course Description

The uniformed protective services sector is diverse and encompasses uniformed public services such as the police service, the fire and rescue service, the armed services and the prison service.

These public services are organised and financed by the government to benefit society. There is a wide range of occupations for entry across the uniformed protective services, including roles in the police service and the armed services.

This qualification focuses on, but is not limited to, the uniformed protective services such as the police service, fire and rescue service, armed services and prison service. 

The course is a 2 year programme of study and is assessed via written examination and coursework. 

Everyone taking this qualification will study seven mandatory units: 

Unit 1 – Citizenship and Diversity 

Unit 2 – Behaviour and Discipline in the Uniformed Protective Services (Examined) 

Unit 3 – Global Affairs, the Media and the Uniformed Protective Services 

Unit 4 – Physical Preparation, Health and Wellbeing 

Unit 5 – Teamwork, Leadership and Communication in the Uniformed Protective Services 

Unit 6 – Government and the Protective Services (Examined) 

Unit 7 – Planning for and Responding to Emergency Incidents 

Students will also study six optional units listed below that have been designed to support progression to a range of sector-related courses in higher education and which link to relevant occupational areas. 

Unit 8 – Custodial Care 

Unit 9 – Sociological Perspectives 

Unit 10 – Skills for Outdoor Activities and the Uniformed Protective Services 

Unit 11 – Expedition Skills 

Unit 13 – Introduction to Criminology 

Unit 15 – Police Powers and the Law 

Uniform: All students are required to purchase the course uniform which includes a Navy polo shirt, Black belt, Navy trousers and Black boots (product list provided during enrolment). Must be worn during weekly inspections and college events.

NCS Week: This involves activities such as Coasteering, Surfing, High Ropes, Lazar-tag, followed by a social action project. This is compulsory 

Two years (You must complete all Year 1 units in order to progress to Year 2).

  • Camping related skills
  • Orienteering
  • Drill
  • Self-Discipline
  • Leadership and Teamwork

This is a full-time course. 

A range of enrichment opportunities such as Boot Camps, Archery, Climbing and Uniform Drill will be available and forms part of enrichment within your timetabled sessions. You will also have the opportunity to represent the college in Football and/or Netball.

On successful completion of this study programme, you can apply for a wide range of public sector occupations, including posts in the Armed Forces, Emergency Forces, Coastguard and Prison Service. Alternatively, you can progress onto a relevant Higher Education programme. 

Five GCSEs at Grades 4 – 9, or a Merit for the Level 2 Extended Certificate in Uniformed Protective Services (or similar Level 2 qualifications), a Grade 4 at GCSE in Maths and English.

This will be a mixture of internal coursework assessments.

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