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Level 3 Extended Diploma in Uniformed Protective Services

This course is designed to prepare you to enter the public sector or uniformed protective services of your choice, including; Police, Fire, Prison Service or Border Force. Whether you choose to secure employment straight away or progress on to university first, our tutors prepare you mentally and physically for either option.

While developing your physical fitness in our gym, studio and the great outdoors, you will learn what it takes to be a successful leader, gaining crucial communication, map reading and navigation skills. You will also explore current affairs, conflict management and international organisations.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

The course starts in September and will take two years to complete. The first year of this course is the level 3 Foundation Diploma in Uniformed Protective Services. You may then choose to progress on to the second year of the course to complete the full level 3 Extended Diploma in Uniformed Protective Services.

The course takes place at St Helens College, Town Centre Campus, St Helens, WA10 1PP.

What will I study?

Year 1 - Foundation Diploma in Uniformed Protective Services

  • Citizenship and Diversity
  • Behaviour and Discipline (exam based)
  • Physical preparation, health and wellbeing
  • Teamwork, leadership and communication
  • Professional development

Year 2 - National Extended Diploma in Uniformed Protective Services

  • Global affairs, the media and the uniformed protective services
  • Government and the protective services (exam based)
  • Planning for and responding to emergency incidents
  • Expeditions skills
  • Skills for outdoor activities
  • Developing personal fitness programmes
  • Introduction to criminology
  • Police powers and the law

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed through a combination of practical observations, written and oral questions, assignment work and examinations in both year 1 and year 2.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have five GCSEs at grade 4 (equivalent to grade C) or above, including English and maths.

Achieving a good standard of English and maths is a key requirement for many jobs, as well as for courses you may wish to progress on to. If you achieve below a grade 4 in your English and/or maths GCSEs at school, you will study it alongside your chosen course when you join us.

If you already have a grade 4 or above in English and/or maths but wish to achieve a higher grade, we can also support you to do this.

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2022), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. For more information, please visit our dedicated Financial Support page.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Upon completion of this course, you will have gained the necessary skill set to confidently tackle the recruitment and selection process for the armed forces or uniformed service of your choice. You may also wish to progress on to university, including the Foundation Degree in Criminal Justice at University Centre St Helens.

I'm interested in this course, what should I do next?

If you would like to submit an application to study this course, simply fill in our online form here.

However, if you still have questions in relation to this course and wish to receive further information, please submit your enquiry here.

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Why study Public and Uniformed Services with us?

Employer Links

Strong employer links with uniformed and non-uniformed services.

Leading Recruiter

We are a leading Northwest recruiter for the Royal Air Force (Platinum Partnership Award).

Support and Preparation

Support and preparation for your next stage interview and fitness tests.

Guest Speakers

Special guest speakers such as the Royal Marines, Fire Service and Police Officers.

Develop Your Skills

Develop your teamworking, navigation and communications skills.

Improve Your Fitness

Build your strength, endurance and fitness levels in our gym, exercise studio and sports hall.