BTEC Level 2 First Diploma in Public Services

This is a one year course for those interested in the Public Services and the work that they undertake. The BTEC First Diploma gives you a qualification equivalent to 4 GCSEs at Grades 4+. BTEC First Diplomas are valued by employers and Further Education establishments.


The aim of the course is to enable each student to make an informed judgement on their personal suitability for a career within any of the public services. The course provides a detailed insight into the work undertaken by a wide range of public services and the different career opportunities that are available to you. It is specifically designed to give you the skills and knowledge which will help you apply for Public Service work and succeed in your chosen career.

During the course you will examine a range of uniformed and non-uniformed public services. You will learn about the various levels of fitness required to join a public service and take part in practical leadership training. You will also study various subjects to enhance the contribution you can make to your future employment and can, for example, take entry tests with a number of public services.

Visits are a regular part of the course and include work experience with the Armed Forces. First Diploma educational visits are normally to locations in the UK.


The First Diploma in Uniformed Public Services is a Level 2 course that comprises of 3 core units and 3 specialist units.

Core Units:
  • Public Service Employment
  • Public Service Skills
  • Public Service Fitness
Additional Units include:
  • Adventurous Activities and Teamwork for the Public Services
  • Law and its impact on the individual
  • Land Navigation by map and compass
  • Crime and its effects on society
  • Expedition Skills
  • Community and Cultural Awareness
  • Driving and its relationship to the Public Services

There are no examinations and your work will be undertaken by written assignments and practical assessment.


Students could go into careers such as the Emergency Services, the Armed Forces, HM Prison Service or other Public Services. Students who gain a Distinction and gain GCSE Grade 4+ Maths and/or English will be able to progress to study the 2 year BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Services.


Being a Public Servant demands dedication, determination and courage. This course is both physically and intellectually demanding. A great deal of emphasis is placed on your own personal standards and moral values and you should be aware that the course will really stretch and challenge you.

Based at St George's Academy, our Public Service Students take a full and active role in both Academy life and the local community. If you join this course you will be required to take part in ALL aspects of the curriculum, which includes mandatory trips, visits and community based projects.

This course is not for everyone, but if you've got what it takes and can face up to the challenge, it could be just what you are looking for.