Uniformed Public Services Level 3 Extended Diploma

Study the purpose, role and responsibilities of our uniformed public services.

  • Level

    Level 3

  • Study Mode


  • Duration

    2 Years

  • Location

    Bracknell and Wokingham College

  • Pathway

    Public Services

Are you looking to work in the British Army, Royal Navy, RAF, Royal Marines, police, prison or probation services, or fire and rescue services? We have industry specific programmes that enable you to progress directly into blue light and non-blue light employment, or advance to higher-level study at university.

We work in partnership with your potential future employers, including: Thames Valley Police, HM Prison Service, British Army, Royal Navy, RAF and the fire and rescue services. This gives you exposure to real-life training situations and allows you to forge relationships with key industry contacts.

What to expect on the programme:

  • expert training for the public services entrance tests
  • development of communication, self-discipline and team-working skills
  • opportunity to visit various public service settings such as prisons, police stations, crown courts, fire stations and RAF bases
  • participation in outdoor activities and the opportunity to do your Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award

The course is designed to give you a varied learning experience and provides a balance between discussion, theory sessions and more practical activities such as personal fitness, sport and outdoor activities.

You will study a wide variety of units focusing on:

  • citizenship
  • command and control
  • criminology
  • diversity
  • emergency service incidents
  • employment in the public services
  • Government and the public services
  • human behaviour
  • international perspectives
  • law
  • land-based and water-based skills
  • team development
  • team leadership
  • understanding discipline
  • physical preparation and fitness
  • outdoor and adventurous expeditions

You can also study other qualifications as part of this course which will enhance your CV.

Evidence can be gained towards Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Visits to public service organisations, which may include residential visits, form an important part of the course along with talks from guest speakers; these can contribute to work experience hours

You will learn how to become a more independent learner as the course will develop your analytical and critical thinking skills as well as team working and leadership skills.

You will further develop your English, maths and ICT skills to help complete your course work and prepare for further study or employment.

Initially, you will study for the Subsidiary Diploma. Successful students will be invited to study for the Extended Diploma, which they will complete in year two of the course.

You benefit from computer workshop facilities, and there are also open access computer resources in the library.

Assessment is carried out using a variety of methods including:

  • individual work projects
  • group work
  • presentations
  • research
  • case studies
  • input from guest speakers.

All eighteen units are assessed by coursework.

The course also features residential trips and offsite practical activities.

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C), with preference to include English language or equivalent vocational qualifications at Merit Level or higher. If you do not have a grade 4 (C) in GCSE maths or English you will be required to be working towards achieving this alongside your course.

Explore your career progression options

If you are considering applying for this programme, why not explore your potential career progression routes using our handy tool.

You can explore live job vacancies, next level qualifications and apprenticeship standards in your local area. Not only this but you can also watch videos of real people talking about their experiences of working in your specific industry or occupation of interest.

Why not visit us at an Open Event and find out more about this pathway.

Why Bracknell and Wokingham College?

  • Clear routes of progression with qualifications ranging from foundation level to degree level!
  • Industry experienced teaching staff give you the responsibility and independence you need to take charge of your own future.
  • 150+

    Courses available

  • 95%

    of our graduates go into work or higher education 

  • 60+

    years of teaching experience

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