Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Public Services - Level 3

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Course Code: FE0145-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time), Open to international students Campus: East Brighton Campus Start Date: September 2019 Duration: 2 Years Qualification: BTEC Diploma in Public Services Level 3

Course aims

This exciting course will prepare you for careers in public services by developing your confidence and skills in teamwork, leadership, communication and problem solving. You will be inspired by physical activities, adventure trips, guest speakers and work experience. Skills can also be transferred to careers in social work, foreign aid or education.

Entry requirements

You can start at Level 3 if you have four GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and Maths.

If you do not have these grades, you could start at Level 2 and then progress to level 3 after that.

If you do not qualify for Level 2, we have options for you. You could complete our Pathways course in Public Services and Sport, which is a stepping stone to Level 2.

Entry requirements

Course content

  • Prepare for employment to a chosen uniformed service
  • Develop aspects of physical fitness for entry to the uniformed services
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Understand conflict management and personal protection
  • Participate in uniformed service routine
  • Carry out map reading and navigation across open country
  • Assist in planning and leading adventurous activities
  • Understand planning for emergency situations in the uniformed services

Why the MET?

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

On-campus sports hall, pitches and free gym.

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.


  • Access to quality teaching resources, rooms and studios
  • Online access to course documents, resources and study support through the MET’s virtual learning environment
  • Library and computing facilities
  • Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support
  • Cafés and coffee bars with a wide range of reasonably priced meals, snacks and drinks
  • A travel agency and a hair and beauty salon, both open to the public and offering exceptional value

  • Assessment

    Practical assignments and coursework

Work experience

Students are expected to volunteer at various community events. There will also be away-days with the Armed Forces and Look at Life courses.

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 the Extended Diploma you may want to further your education by applying for a degree level course at University.

You will feel confident about applying to join the uniformed public services such as:

  • Fire Brigade
  • Ambulance Service
  • Army
  • Police
  • Prison Service
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Potential
Careers

Potential Careers

Senior police officer

Typical Tasks:

  • Liaises with senior officers to determine staff, financial and other short- and long-term needs.
  • Plans, directs and co-ordinates general policing for an area or functional unit.
  • Directs and monitors the work of subordinate officers.
  • Establishes contacts and sources of information concerning crimes planned or committed.
  • Directs and co-ordinates the operation of record keeping systems and the preparation of reports.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities -1.6% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £37,499

AVERAGE £62,478

POTENTIAL £109,493

Desired Skills:
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Speaking
  • Monitoring
  • Critical Thinking
  • Learning Strategies
  • Active Learning
  • Mathematics

Senior officer in fire, ambulance, prison or related services

Typical Tasks:

  • Liaises with other senior officials and/or government departments to determine staffing, financial and other short- and long-term needs.
  • Prepares reports for insurance companies, the Home Office, Scottish Home and Health Department, and other bodies as necessary.
  • Advises on the recruitment, training and monitoring of staff.
  • Plans, direcst and co-ordinates an operational plan for one or more fire stations, attends fires and other emergencies to minimise danger to property and people, arranges for the salvaging of goods, immediate temporary repairs and security measures for fire damaged premises as necessary.
  • Plans, organises, directs and co-ordinates the activities of ambulance personnel and control room assistants, for the provision of ambulance services for emergency and non-emergency cases.
  • Interviews prisoners on arrival and discharge/departure, receives reports on disciplinary problems and decides on appropriate action, makes periodic checks on internal and external security, and provides care and support to prisoners in custody.
  • Advises on the interpretation of regulations concerning taxes, duties and immigration requirements and enforces these regulations through the monitoring of premises, examining goods entering the country to ensure correct duty is paid and establishing that passengers have the necessary authorisation for crossing national borders.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities -0.8% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £20,553

AVERAGE £38,669

POTENTIAL £71,682

Desired Skills:
  • Critical Thinking
  • Monitoring
  • Active Listening
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Speaking
  • Learning Strategies
  • Writing
  • Active Learning
  • Mathematics
  • Science

Senior professional of educational establishments

Typical Tasks:

  • Considers staffing, financial, material and other short- and long-term needs.
  • Arranges for evaluation of management, accounting, information storage and retrieval and other facilities.
  • Provides administrative support to the academic team.
  • Leads or contributes to decision making processes regarding curricula, budgetary, disciplinary and other matters.
  • Controls administrative aspects of student admission, registration and graduation.
  • Acts as secretary to statutory and other bodies/committees associated with the educational establishment.
  • Drafts and interprets regulations and deals with queries and complaints procedures.
  • Organises examinations, necessary invigilations and any security procedures required.
  • Arranges for the preparation and publication of syllabuses and other official documents.
  • Assists with recruitment, public relations and marketing activities.
  • Coordinates and maintains quality assurance procedures.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities -1.1% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £34,554

AVERAGE £63,687

POTENTIAL £97,208

Desired Skills:
  • Monitoring
  • Active Listening
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Writing
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science

Probation officer

Typical Tasks:

  • Produces pre-sentence reports to the court about an individual.
  • Enforces court orders and serves the public by providing a wide range of supervision programmes for those in receipt of a community sentence.
  • Draws up probation plans with offenders and helps them follow it, advises them on any work and helps them with any family or social problems.
  • Works with prisoners in giving advice on problems such as drug and alcohol abuse, addressing training needs, finding work and getting accommodation.
  • Keeps accurate and comprehensive records.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 0.5% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £15,717

AVERAGE £25,292

POTENTIAL £35,646

Desired Skills:
  • Critical Thinking
  • Monitoring
  • Active Listening
  • Learning Strategies
  • Speaking
  • Writing
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Learning
  • Mathematics
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