Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Public Services - Level 2

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Course Code: FE0144-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: East Brighton Campus Start Date: September 2019 Duration: 1 Year Awarding Body: NCFE

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

Start at Level 2 if you have at least three GCSEs at grade 3 or or above, including English and maths.

If you do not have these grades, we have options for you. You could start on our Pathways course in Public Services and Sport, which would lead you onto Level 2 after completion.

Entry requirements

Course content

  • Practical team sports
  • Employment skills
  • Leadership, teamwork and problem solving skills
  • Health and hygiene in the public services
  • Routine
  • Equality and diversity
  • Volunteering
  • Outdoor adventurous activities

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.

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.

Facilities

  • 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
Facilities
  • Assessment

    Practical assignments and coursework

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 qualification, which is a 2 year course - 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
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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

2 Available opportunities -1.6% Rise in employment is expected by 2019 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

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National government administrative occupation

Typical Tasks:

  • Assists senior government officers with policy work, external liaison or general administrative work.
  • Undertakes administrative duties specific to the operation of HM Revenue and Customs offices, Job Centres, Benefits Agency offices and other local offices of national government.
  • Maintains and updates correspondence, documents, data and other records for storage in files or on computer.
  • Classifies, sorts and files publications, correspondence etc. in offices and libraries.
  • Responds to telephone enquiries and other forms of correspondence.
  • Performs miscellaneous clerical tasks such as proof reading printed material, drafting letters, taking minutes etc.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

0 Available opportunities -0.2% Rise in employment is expected by 2019 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £17,999

AVERAGE £22,659

POTENTIAL £31,571

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

Public services associate professional

Typical Tasks:

  • Manages the activities of government office staff, assigns tasks and responsibilities and makes changes in procedures to deal with variations in workload.
  • Assists senior government officers with policy work, external liaison or general administrative work.
  • Supervises a variety of administrative functions in government departments such as recruitment and training, the negotiation and arrangement of contracts, building and capital management, monitoring and authorising department expenditure etc.
  • Organises resources for the acceptance and recording of vacancy details, the selection of suitable applicants and other Job Centre activities.
  • Authorises the payment of social security benefits, assesses the financial circumstances of claimants and investigates any state insurance contribution problems.
  • Undertakes supervisory duties specific to the operation of Revenue and Customs offices, Job Centres, Benefits Agency offices and other local offices of national government.
  • Advises the public or companies on general tax problems and arranges for the issue, receipt and examination of tax forms, assessment of PAYE codes and the computation of tax arrears and rebates.
  • Discusses business strategy, products, services and target client base with management to identify public relations requirements.
  • Writes, edits and arranges for the distribution of press releases and other public relations material, addresses target groups through meetings, presentations, the media and other events to enhance the public image of the organisation, and monitors and evaluates its effectiveness.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

0 Available opportunities 0.6% Rise in employment is expected by 2019 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £21,704

AVERAGE £29,699

POTENTIAL £44,519

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

Prison service officer (below principal officer)

Typical Tasks:

  • Escorts prisoners to and from cells and supervises them during meals, recreation and visiting periods.
  • Watches for any infringements of regulations and searches prisoners and cells for weapons, drugs and other contraband items.
  • Guards entrances and perimeter walls.
  • Investigates disturbances or any other unusual occurrences.
  • Escorts prisoners transferred from one institution to another.
  • Runs prisoner rehabilitation and support programmes.
  • Provides care and support to prisoners in custody including prevention of self harm.
  • Trains and supervises prison staff.
  • Reports on prisoners.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

13 Available opportunities -0.8% Rise in employment is expected by 2019 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £19,500

AVERAGE £26,715

POTENTIAL £35,061

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

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