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Public Services - NCFE Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services Level 2

This course will prepare you for further study and an exciting range of careers in the uniformed services.

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Key information

Course code: B1531 Course type: Full-time, 16-19 (full-time) Duration: 1 Year Start date: September 2018 Entry requirements: 3 GCSEs grade 3 or above, including English and Maths End qualification: NCFE Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services Level 2 Awarding body: NCFE Course location: Brighton Metropolitan College, East Campus Assessment: Practical assignments and coursework Eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan

Course aims and areas

If you want to develop your teamwork, problem solving and communication skills, all of which are key transferable skills, this is the course for you.

You will gain a good understanding of the uniformed public services sector and the exciting range of career options available, including the emergency services, armed forces, immigration service, prison service, foreign aid and the adventure sector.

This course will teach you the importance of physical activity and give you the chance to get involved in a wide range of land and water based activities. These include bouldering, gym sessions, windsurfing, expeditions and camping.

You will become a brave and skilled leader, both out in the field and in the classroom.

You will carry out work placements and take part in community volunteering, and we work with you to improve your use of ICT skills, report writing ability, presentation skills and in developing your confidence in yourself.

Course Units

  • Practical team sports
  • Employment
  • Teamwork and problem solving skills
  • Health and hygiene in the public services
  • Routine
  • Equality and diversity
  • Volunteering
  • Planning an adventurous activity

Why the MET?

This course offers an exciting and diverse college experience with expeditions, adventurous activities and trips. 

The department has strong link with Sussex Police and throughout the year we welcome guest speakers from a range of relevant organisations. 

You will make good use of our on-campus sports hall, free gym, astroturf and 3G pitches. Brighton also has direct access to the South Downs and student deals at Boulder Brighton and Freedom Leisure Pools.

Excellent enrichment activities are also available, including table tennis, badminton, recreational football, boxing, yoga, circuit training.  

Our experienced teaching staff are passionate about their areas of expertise and are committed to helping you to attain your learning goals and meet your personal aims. 

You can also take advantage of student deals at Boulder Brighton and Freedom Leisure Pools.  

Entry Requirements

Specific entry requirements may vary depending on the type of course and the level of entry. Click here to find out more about entry requirements for our 16-19 (full-time) courses.

All 16-19 (full-time) courses require an application review meeting. This is a chance for us to talk through your choice of choice and ensure it's right for you.

There are specific CEFR proficiency requirements for international students.

Course Costs

All 16-19 (full-time) courses are free to EU residents who are under 19 years old on the 31 August 2017. The only fees you have to pay are for specialist resources and equipment. The cost of these varies from £25 to £300 depending upon the subject you are studying.

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How to apply

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Work experience

The course has excellent links with the public services, in particular Sussex Police, and our students can apply to do work experience with the Police to gain a valuable insight into their daily work life.

Recently our students have worked with East Sussex Fire and Rescue as volunteers in energy scenario simulations, and joined the Army look at Life course, where students train alongside the Army for a full week.

Students are also expected to volunteer at various community events.

Brighton MET is keen to offer our students work experience placements, particularly with the increasing importance for students to complete placements as part of their study programmes across all industry areas.

This is an exciting opportunity for employers and students alike to gain something valuable with long term benefits for the business and for students.

What's next?

After successfully completing this course you may progress onto the Level 3 Subsidiary and Extended Diploma in Public Services.

Public service work can also mean community-based roles such as teaching, social work, council or charity work and foreign aid work abroad. Our units such as citizenship and diversity will give you the confidence and proficiency needed for either route into employment.

Future careers include:  

  • Armed forces (Army, Marines, Navy etc)
  • Fire Service   
  • Police
  • Ambulance service
  • Immigration service
  • Prison service
  • Foreign aid work 
  • Education
  • Adventure sector


  • Fully-equipped free gym, sports hall, Astroturf and 3G pitches
  • Direct access to the South Downs
  • Off-site MET student deals at Boulder Brighton and Freedom Leisure Pools
  • Online access to resources and study support through the MET’s virtual learning environment
  • Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support
  • Access to quality teaching resources, rooms and studios
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