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Uniformed Protective Services

How many hours per week?

Teaching contact time is 4 hours and 20 minutes per subject. Other workshops will be available throughout the year including over some holiday periods. Students are expected to complete up to 4 hours of independent study to complete assignments, homework, extra reading and independent research.

Entry Requirements

Min 5 x GCSE grades 4-9 (incl. English Language)
4.0 = GCSE Average


An interest in the Uniformed Protective Services such as the Police, Fire Service, Armed Services and Prison Service. Commitment to working in an organised way.


Pairs well with Criminology, Law, Sports and Sociology

Exam Board

Pearson Apply for this course


Course Overview

This new qualification allows you to study the role, responsibilities and purpose of our uniformed public services, both in the UK and internationally. This is a great course if you are looking to work in the British Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, Royal Marines, Police, Prison and Probation Services, Coastguard or Fire and Rescue Services. The course is taught by a highly experienced teacher who has worked for many years in Uniformed Protective Services. There will be opportunities to visit various public service settings such as prisons, police stations, courts and fire stations. Many students who select this course as part of their study programme will also choose to take part in our successful Duke of Edinburgh Award. The course will develop your communication, self-discipline and team working skills through a range of individual and group exercises.

This course is equivalent to 1 A Level.

What will I learn?

This qualification focuses on, but is not limited to, the Uniformed Protective Services such as the police service, fire and rescue service, armed services and prison service

During the course, you will look at the following topics

• Emergency service incidents
• Employment in uniformed protective services
• International perspectives
• Law and how it impacts on public services
• Land-based and water-based skills
• Team development and leadership
• Understanding discipline and behaviour in the public services
• Physical preparation and fitness
• Outdoor and adventurous expeditions

What will I be taught?

This course is taught around a flipped learning approach, students make use of materials on the college Moodle site to research topics before they are delivered in class. This prior research is then assessed in class and activities follow which allow learners to explore the content in more detail and apply them to criminal justice problems and current issues. The course will be assessed through a combination of practical assignments and examinations. In addition, your teacher and personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice to support your learning.

Classroom activities will include:
• Teacher led discussion end explanation of key concepts
• Projects assignments
• Interactive online quizzes
• Group work
• Investigative research
• Immersive Learning

Where will this course take me?

The course will allow students to access higher education in public services and related areas, and ultimately for students to progress to employment in the front line or a supportive role in the uniformed protective services. This reflects the shift towards increased graduate employment in the sector, for example in the police service. The qualification also allows students to gain the required understanding and skills to be able to consider employment in a number of aspects of the uniformed protective services including the full range of blue light and non-blue light uniformed protective services.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment methods employed include individual research, group work, presentations and written paper.  Mandatory units are externally marked. Successful assessments will be graded at pass, merit or distinction.

Staff Contact Details

Elizabeth Smith