Course information

Study type Study Tier Start Date Duration Course Contact

Full Time

  • Intermediate
2 September 2019TBCTerry Gaskin

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.

WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?

The College welcomes applications from mature students who do not satisfy the above entry requirements provided they can demonstrate, by virtue of other studies and/or experience that they are capable of coping with and benefiting from the course.

A career in the Uniformed/Public Services is very satisfying for those who enjoy working with people. This one year course will provide a realistic introduction to work in any of the Uniformed Services including Fire, Police, Ambulance, Prison, Customs and Excise, Armed Forces and Coast Guard. You will find the course stimulating and varied as it combines classroom-based study with outdoor activity and group work. The different course units are aimed at developing the skills and qualities necessary to handle demanding but very rewarding jobs.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

The course is made up of 9 units – seven mandatory units which everyone takes and two specialist units.  The specialist units enable you to study particular areas in depth.

All students take 7 mandatory units:

  • Investigate employment in the uniformed services
  • Physical fitness for the uniformed services
  • Develop team working and problem solving skills
  • Health and Safety in the uniformed services
  • Health and hygiene in the uniformed services
  • Follow uniformed service routine
  • Exploring equality and diversity for the uniformed services

And 2 specialist units:

  • Carry out map reading and navigation
  • Explore volunteering and volunteering opportunities

Opportunities will be provided throughout the course to improve Maths, English, Problem Solving, Communication and Leadership Skills and to develop competence in the use of appropriate computer software. A residential period and a range of outdoor activities are essential elements.

Each unit of study is assessed by unit assignments which test knowledge, skills and understanding.

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

HOW WILL I LEARN?

Your learning, supported by an experienced team, will consist of a balanced programme of lectures and practical “hands on” activities. You will undertake work-based assignments, research projects and case-studies based on real events. Some course work will involve observation of the Public Services at work and some will take place in both the local community and the countryside. Representatives from various Public Service organisations will make valuable contributions throughout the course.

WILL I GET REAL INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE?

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

WHAT CAN THIS COURSE LEAD TO?

This course will prepare you for entry into the Armed Forces as well as the Prison, Fire, Police and Ambulance services. Learners who achieve an appropriate grade on the NCFE Diploma for Entry to Uniformed Services : Level 2 can progress onto Public Services Level 3 course.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

It is important for you to understand that public services qualifications require a high degree of personal commitment and self-discipline.  Whatever you hope to gain from your time with us in terms of career development, personal development, social life and sports activities, the one objective that we all have within the public service team is a desire for you to succeed.

There is a materials cost associated with the course, this varies from year to year depending on activities and visits to outside agencies, please enquire for further details.

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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
  • Extended work experience/industry placement for Level 2 learners Over the course of your Level 2 study programme you may be expected to do between 36 – 415 hours of industry placement depending on the course you have chosen. All learners are expected, and encouraged, to do their best to find their own relevant, purposeful work experience which supports their career progression.
  • 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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