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NCFE Level 3 Extended Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services

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Course Description

Are you passionate about pursuing a career in the Uniformed Public Services? Kick-start your career with our Level 3 Extended Diploma. The public services industry is very diverse, it includes the armed forces and emergency services such as the Police Force or Fire Brigade, as well as encompassing security organisations, the Prison Services, HM Customs and Excise, and more. It's the perfect choice for those considering a career in any of the uniformed services at officer or technical trade level.

Public Services are at the very heart of our community and those who pursue a career within one of the uniformed services will be fulfilling a vital role in society. Our courses have a practical emphasis and are taught by ex-uniformed public service staff with programmes specifically designed to develop a range of key skills which aim to prepare learners for employment in the uniformed public services.

Due to the number of learners who progress into employment within this sector, Hopwood Hall College is a platinum partner to several armed and emergency services.

This course is taught at our Middleton campus, located in Middleton, Greater Manchester.


NCFE Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Public Services

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs grade 4/C or above to include English and Maths. BTEC Level 2 qualification, NVQ Level 2 or VRQ Level 2.


A mixture of units to meet the guided learning hours recommended to gain this qualification. The course has practical and theory assessments plus two external exams.

Topics on this course include:

  • Team leadership
  • Understanding discipline
  • Physical preparation and fitness
  • Outdoor and adventurous expeditions
  • Equality and diversity
  • Citizenship
  • Responding to emergency service incidents
  • Communication and technology

You will be expected to join our FREE gym and take part in extra curriculum activities such as voluntary work and local sporting activities.

This Level 3 course is designed as a two year study programme but there is an option to undertake a Diploma in one year instead.

Work Experience

There is no specific work experience required or undertaken for this course however, you will obtain the skills and knowledge that you need in order to progress into a career in the Public Services.


Upon completion of this course, you have a have a number of options to choose from. If you wish to continue your studies, this course provides UCAS points in the range of 120-360 – which can help with entry to higher education or provide enough on its own depending on the degree/course chosen and institution.

Alternatively, if you think it's time to enter employment, there is a range of possible careers you can pursue such as: Army, Navy, RAF, Royal Marines, Fire and Rescue Services and Police, Public Services Sector, or an Apprenticeship.

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