Uniformed Services | NCFE Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services | Level 2

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Course Code: FE0257-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: Broadwater Campus Entry requirements: At least three GCSEs at grade 3 or above, including English and maths. Qualification: NCFE Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services Level 2 Awarding Body: NCFE

Why this course?

Student cadets marching

Our Level 2 Uniformed Services course 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. 

Key features

  • Northbrook College was the first FE college to offer the Combined Cadet Force (Royal Navy) cadetship
  • We received the RAF platinum award for providing outstanding cadets
  • Taught by expert tutors
  • Guest speakers from uniformed services

Start dates

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Entry requirements

To start at Level 2 you will need least 3 GCSEs at grade 3 or above, including English and maths.

If you do not have these grades, don't worry - you can start at Level 1 and then progress to Level 2 after that.

Entry requirements

Course content

  • Employment in the uniformed services 
  • Team working and problem solving 
  • Uniformed services routine
  • Map reading and navigation
  • Adventurous activities

Why this course at Northbrook College?

Our industry-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.

We have fantastic links with industry. You will benefit from high-quality work placement opportunities in a range of settings, experiencing multiple aspects of your chosen route.

Fitness is embedded throughout the course. We also invite guest speakers from uniformed services to the college, which gives you fantastic opportunities to find out more about your career options. 


Our Broadwater Campus is ideally suited for uniformed services courses, with a large area at the rear of the building perfect for drills and parade practice.

The campus has a modern canteen serving hot and cold food and a coffee shop serving Starbucks beverages, snacks and sandwiches. The Learning Resource Centre (Library) and IT suites facilitate your academic research and learning.



After this course

After Level 2, you can progress to Level 3, either full-time or as an apprentice.

Future careers

  • Armed forces
  • Emergency services
  • Prison service
  • Border force
  • Civilian support roles within all uniformed services
After this course

Course fees

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. 

This course is also free if you meet the following criteria:

  • You may not have to pay any fees if you will be aged 19 or over when you begin this course and:
  • You are a UK citizen, hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify you for home status. 


  • You are in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • OR you are receiving a means tested benefit, earning less than £345 per month (take home) if you are a sole claimant or £552 a month if you have a joint claim with your partner, and are completing the course to improve your employability
  • OR if you are working and earn less than £18,525 per year (gross pay)
  • You will need to provide evidence and sign a declaration when you enrol.

Subsidised fees

If the above does not apply to you, you may still be eligible for a subsidised fee. For more information, please speak to our Admissions team: admissions@gbmc.ac.uk | 01273 667704

Course fees

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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.

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