Course information

Study type Study Tier Start Date Duration Course Contact

Full Time

  • Foundation
31 August 2020TBCVykke Gill

Entry Requirements

The Isle of Wight College has standard entry requirements for full-time college courses, depending on the level of the course to be studied.

There may be additional entry requirements for a small number of specialist courses. If this course is one of these specialist courses, additional entry requirements will be stated below.


This course will introduce and allow you to gain experience in a variety of topic areas such as outdoor activities and uniformed services. The course has a focus on combining practical activities with classroom based study and group work, you will be expected to also complete assignment work.

You will prepare for and take part in various outdoor activities; work in a team; manage your time effectively and have a good awareness of Health & Safety. The skills developed will support you in a variety of job roles within the uniformed services.

This course is a full time and is suitable for students 16 years or above.


The course is designed for students who are interested in a career in any uniformed service and wish to develop a good knowledge and understanding of the skills required in order to progress to further learning or a career in a uniformed service. During the course you will gain knowledge and understanding relating to the following areas and also secure learning through practical application.

  • Investigate employment opportunities
  • Wel-being and physical fitness
  • Team working skills
  • Developing self-discipline
  • Health and safety
  • Map reading and navigation
  • Participate in adventurous activity
  • Explore volunteering and volunteering opportunities

The qualification provides learners with a good insight into the practical qualities they require, not only for the uniformed public services, but also for employment in general. The choice of  units offered across Level 1 gives learners the opportunity to demonstrate a variety of necessary skills that employers are seeking, whilst enjoying their learning.

You will study English and Maths GCSE/Functional Skills which are essential for employment in any job sector and for progression.

You will also undertake The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme (Bronze or Silver) alongside the main course, the following sections will be covered:

  • Volunteering
  • Skills
  • Physical
  • Expedition


The course is delivered by specialist staff, who possess industry experience along with specialist qualifications. Teaching sessions incorporate a mixture of activities to ensure students develop skills and knowledge.

Students are assessed through a combination of internally assessed coursework and externally assessed examinations. This helps students to develop core skills required for the industry which include ability to meet deadlines and retention of knowledge as well as application of skills.


An ability to work in the real world is essential. Employers want staff with qualifications and experience. Therefore the course sets out to offer a variety of work experience opportunities, these include:

  • Guest speakers
  • Visits to relevant uniformed service establishments.
  • Take part in volunteer projects


Upon successful completion of the Public Services Level 1 course (including the necessary functional skills) you can progress onto either a Public Services Level 2  course.


Study Programmes

All Study Programmes for 16-19 year olds at The Isle of Wight College are designed to include:

  • Work experience which is effective, relevant, and includes careers fairs, site visits, guest speakers and introduces you to the expectations of the real demands of work
  • English and maths, where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade A* - C (9 - 4 using the new grades) in these subjects by age 16
  • Non-qualification activity, such as tutorials and work-related learning, to help further develop the personal skills relevant to your progression goals
  • A vocational experience which will form the substantial part of the programme

These four elements of the programme should combine to provide stretch and challenge for you helping to prepare you for progression to employment or further study.

Please refer to the 16 to 19 study programme document to learn more.

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