What Will I Study?
The course aims to equip students with key skills for entry into the UPS, such as an understanding of discipline, equality and diversity and UPS fitness.
There is a fee of £80. Your course fees cover the cost of all adventurous/career trips and activities, transport, insurance, instructors and some equipment hire when required. You will also be provided with a course Polo Shirt for use during external visits and talks from guest speakers.
Currently, there are few or no exams on the NCFE Level 2 Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services. All Units are assessed individually via written assignments which are set throughout the year. You may be required to meet the standards of other awarding bodies in relation to practical skill assessments and exams.
The course is designed to meet the needs of students wishing to pursue a career in one of the Uniformed Public Services – The Armed Forces, The Police, Fire and Rescue, Ambulance Service, Border Agency, HM Revenue and Customs or the Security Services or Probation Service.
You will normally combine the course with other GCESs, work experience and Enrichment opportunities to enable you to tailor your studies to meet your needs. Depending on your final grades and GCSE results, you may be invited to progress to one of the Level 3 BTEC National Courses we offer across college.
At the end of your course you will have a recognised qualification which will be an advantage when applying for a position in the Public Services or other careers as the skills you learn are transferable to many other employment opportunities. These include:
- Armed Forces – Army, RAF, Navy & Royal Marines
- Emergency Services – Police, Fire and Rescue, Ambulance Service
- HM Revenue and Customs
- Prison and Security Services
- Border Agency
- Voluntary Organisations
- And many more….
In the main no, as you will be assessed through practical and written assignments through-out the year.
Yes, Trips are compulsory as they form part of your practical assessment Don’t worry if you miss one though as we may be able to arrange an alternative in some instances.
No but you will be required to take part in physical and adventurous activities. The course is designed to ensure you have time to develop your fitness levels in preparation for joining your preferred Public Service. You will also be able to seek advice on training from fully qualified staff.
No. The course has been and is becoming increasingly more popular among female students especially as more trades within the public services open to females.