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Care & Uniformed Services | Laser Diploma Introduction to Care and Uniformed Services | Level 1

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Course Code: FE0709-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: Broadwater Campus Qualification: LASER LEVEL 1 DIPLOMA LEAP - INTRODUCTION TO THE CARE AND UNIFORMED SERVICES Awarding Body: Laser

Why this course?

This introductory course will prepare you for careers in the care industry or the uniformed services. You will complete a work placement in your preferred area.

Being on a Level 1 course, you will receive excellent help and support from experienced tutors and teaching assistants. Working in small classes, you will notice that your self-confidence and self-esteem will grow. Level 1 also boosts your social skills and ability to get on with a variety of different people. Your study programme will also include some supported English and Maths sessions and provide a first step towards gaining qualifications.

The course content allows you to progress to Level 2 and specialise by studying subjects such as Early Years Education, Health & Social Care or Unformed Services.

Start dates

Start
September 2019 Apply
September 2020 Apply

Please note: Applications for courses starting in September 2020 will be processed in late October 2019.

Open events

Come along to one our open events to find out more about studying at the MET. You will be able to tour our facilities, meet our tutors, watch demonstrations and speak to current students.

These events take place in October and November from 5-7pm.


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Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to EU residents who 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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Entry requirements

Start at Level 1 if you have at least 2 GCSEs at grade 2 (F) or above, preferably including English and maths.

The Level 1 course enables you to gain valuable skills and work experience to progress onto further study, and move towards the career of your choice.

On successful completion, progress to Level 2.

Entry requirements

Course content

If you choose the Uniform Services route you will learn by developing skills such as fitness, teamwork, personal protection and leadership. Students will join our Combined Cadet Force (Royal Navy), an exciting adventure activity-focused programme. You will be issued with a uniform and will take part in regular parades.


Units include:

  • Self-discipline for the uniformed services 
  • Wellbeing and physical fitness
  • Team working and problem solving
  • Understanding risk
  • A place in the Combined Cadet Force
  • Preparing for employment

Why the MET?

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.


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



Further study

After successful completion of Level 1, you can progress to Early Years, Health & Social Care or Uniformed Services Level 2 courses or a different programme of your choice.

Alternatively you may want to seek employment or begin an apprenticeship.

Future careers:

  • Nursery worker
  • Care worker
  • Armed forces
  • Emergency services
  • Prison service
  • Customs service
  • Adventure sector
Further study
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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