BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma / National Extended Diploma in Uniformed Protective Services


This is a specialist practical and vocational qualification. You will learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities, and demands. The course is designed to give you an insight into the practicalities and realities of working within a public service organisation. The course has a range of diverse and challenging topic areas offering an introduction to the skills you will need when working in the public sector. You will complete the BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma in the first year progressing to the Extended Diploma in the second year. The Extended Diploma is broadly equivalent to 3 A Levels which means you will be ideally placed to progress to higher education, pursue public services or specialist public services qualifications such as higher Nationals or other degree-level qualifications.

Course Content - What will I learn?

Across the two years of the course the following subjects will be studied.
Citizenship and Diversity
Behaviour and Discipline in the Uniformed Services
Physical Preparation, Health and Wellbeing in the Uniformed Protective Services
Teamwork, Leadership and Communication in the Uniformed Protective Services
Custodial Care
Police Power and the Law
Global Affairs the Media and the Uniformed Services
Government and the Protective Services
Research Skills in the Uniformed Services
Developing Personal Fitness Programmes
Planning and Responding to Major Incidents
Skills for Outdoor Activities in the Uniformed Protective Services

Am I right for the course?

The course is aimed primarily at students who are interested in pursuing a career in one of the many diverse public services, including Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, Police, Law Courts, Fire Service, Ambulance Service, Customs and Excise, Security Industry. Past students have used the qualification to progress to university, taking degree courses in sociology, criminology, law, outdoor pursuits and health and social care. It can offer those students who are unsure of what profession to choose a valuable insight into many alternative career options within the wider public and uniformed services. Tutors have links with the professions and you will have opportunities to meet with a broad range representatives from the public services to discuss and mentor you with your career development.

A minimum of 4 GCSEs grade 9 – 4 including maths and English or a full Level 2 with a merit profile and grades 9 – 4 in English & maths.

Throughout the programme, progress will be assessed in all areas via exams, assignments, practical work, projects, and other activities. There will be an emphasis on your personal commitment to learning and you will be guided through enhancing your research and cognitive skills through projects you manage yourself. All units are assessed and graded as a Pass, Merit or Distinction. This programme will allow you to achieve the equivalent of up to three A-levels.

You will also have the opportunity to complete a functional skill in literacy and numeracy whilst studying your main programme, which is encouraged by both employers and academic institutions. Feedback from sector employers is that they are seeking evidence of voluntary community involvement to support employment applications. To support his requirement all learners will be expected to commit to achieving a minimum of 30hrs in voluntary activity per academic year. Tutors will support you with identifying opportunities; examples in previous years are working with Hertfordshire Police Training and County Council emergency planning.

The staff on the Public Services Team at Oaklands College have diverse backgrounds, who have experience working within the public services and security industries, including specialist sports tutors. We like to use the term `passing on our experiences’ as part of your learning, and tutors will mentor you through any application process to the services or universities. You will have opportunities to meet with representatives from the armed and emergency services to discuss your career development. There will be opportunities to work with a variety of different services such as Hertfordshire Police and Hertfordshire County Council.

What Next?

The Level 3 National Foundation/Extended Diploma in Uniformed Protective Services is highly valued by employers and Universities. Students can go into a wide range of public sector occupations, the armed and emergency services, voluntary services, community and youth work, the leisure services, private security and local government. If you decide to go to university, recent learners have secured places on degree courses in sociology, criminology and psychology, law, outdoor and adventure activities and health and social care.

Recent students have secured places on degree courses in sociology, crime and psychology, law, outdoor and adventure activities and health and social care.

Potential careers:

  • Soldier
  • Coastguard
  • Detective
  • Dog Handler
  • Emergency Services
  • Control Room Operator
  • Firefighter
  • Marines
  • Navy
  • Police
  • Prison Officer
  • RAF
  • Security Officer

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16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

For all two year courses fees shown above are per year.

Aged 19+ and planning to take a level 3 or above a different fee may apply. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.

All HE courses (full and part time) are subject to tuition fees.

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