Uniformed Services | NCFE Diploma/Extended Diploma in Uniformed Services | Level 3

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Course Code: FE0288-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: Broadwater Campus Entry requirements: At least four GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and maths. Qualification: NCFE Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services Level 3 Awarding Body: NCFE

Why this course?

Our exciting uniformed services courses will prepare you for careers working with people by developing skills such as communication, fitness, teamwork and leadership. In 2018, our Broadwater Campus officially opened its Combined Cadet Force Unit (Royal Navy).

By studying our uniformed services courses, you will join the Cadet Force, which is an adventure activity-focused programme. You will also be issued with a uniform and take part in regular parades.

  • We’re the first FE college to offer Combined Cadet Force (Royal Navy) cadetship 
  • Received the RAF platinum award for providing outstanding candidates 
  • Expert tutors
  • Guest speakers from uniformed services

Start dates

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Entry requirements

You can start at Level 3 if you have at least 4 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, preferably including English and maths.

If you don't have these grades then you can start at Level 2 or Level 1, depending on your GCSEs. We have options for you, so make sure you contact us if you are unsure which level to apply for.

Entry requirements

Course content

  • Physical fitness
  • Leadership skills
  • Conflict management
  • Personal protection
  • Crime scene investigation
  • Outdoor/adventurous expeditions

Why this course?

  • The first FE college to offer CCF (Royal Navy) cadetship
  • The first FE college to offer Fire & Rescue cadetship
  • RAF platinum award for providing outstanding candidates
  • Fitness embedded throughout the course
  • Campus gym
  • Guest speakers from uniformed services

Watch this video from one of our former students.

Kieren Maguire, former student at Northbrook College and now a Police Constable with Sussex Police, talks about his experiences on the Level 3 Uniformed Services course.

Further study

After successful completion of the Level 3 Extended Diploma, you could continue your studies in higher education. Alternatively you could enter the application process for the uniformed service of your choice, or full-time employment. 

Future careers:

  • Armed forces
  • Emergency services
  • Prison service
  • Border force
  • Civilian support roles within all uniformed services
Further study

Course fees

This course is free (you do not have to pay fees) if:

  • You are a UK citizen, hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify you for home status.
  • AND you are under 19 on 31 August in the year you are studying.


Additional funding

Advanced Learner Loan

You may be eligible to apply for a loan to meet the course costs of your qualification fees. This is paid directly to the College on your behalf. For more information about Advanced Learner Loans, please click here.


Lifetime Skills Guarantee

The Lifetime Skills Guarantee is part of the government's National Skills Fund, designed to help adults to gain the skills they need for employment and to improve their job prospects.

If you are 19+ and this is your first full Level 3 qualification, you may be able to study this course for free.

Open events

Register your interest for our next open events taking place in 2023. It's an opportunity to explore our amazing facilities and hear from our expert teaching staff.


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Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to UK citizens, those who hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify them for home status, AND are under 19 years old on the 31 August of the year of entry. If you are 19+ and interested in studying this course, you can find out more about costs and financial support in the link below.

19+ fees

How to apply

We accept applications throughout the year, allowing you to apply up until the course starts.

You can also apply for as many colleges and courses as you wish - so keep your options open!

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