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Challenge yourself to become a force of nature with this course. We offer opportunities for learners to experience riot training, outdoor and adventurous pursuits, army assault courses, and immerse themselves in emergency planning scenarios.


Who is this course for?

If you are looking for an alternative route to A- Levels without the stress of exams and want to take the next steps towards a career in the Uniformed Services, then this is the course for you. Study in industry standard facilities and use our emergency services and armed forces connections to prepare you for progression to your dream job.

Units / Modules

  • Prepare for a Career in a Chosen Uniformed Service
  • Develop Aspects of Physical Fitness for entry to the Uniformed Services
  • Develop Leadership Skills
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Carry out Map Reading and Navigation across Open Country
  • Understand the Impact of War and Conflict on the Uniformed Services
  • Crime Scene Investigation

Benefits / Skills

  • Develop your own personal leadership style to manage units of professionals
  • Practice and learn how to complete the uniformed service fitness tests
  • Immerse yourself in emergency situations such as riots and outdoor pursuits.
  • Meet active personnel to support your application and gain a great understanding of the roles that you are interested in.

Trips & Opportunities

During 2018 and 2019 public service students had more than 3,000 opportunities to engage with the public services including working with West Yorkshire Police in public order training and police dog handling. Students experienced emergency planning exercises with Leeds City Council, West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Authority, and West Yorkshire Ambulance Service. They also visited prisons in Leeds and Preston, had guest presentations from prison officers, and completed Royal Marine and British Army assault courses.

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Entry Requirements

Two GCSEs at grade 4 including English and maths. If you don’t have these grades, contact us and we can find you an alternative public services course.

Career Progression

The Level 3 qualification offers a wide range of progression opportunities. The majority of our learners apply for the West Yorkshire Police Degree Apprenticeship Scheme or apply for a range of university courses. Following completion of the course many learners have been successful with application in the Armed Forces, Yorkshire Ambulance Service, Prison and Probation Service and Fire and Rescue Services across the county.

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Course Details


1 year (Level 3 Diploma)

2 years (Extended Diploma)

Study Type

Full time

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Course Fee (16-18)

No fee

Course Facts


We are proud to be working in partnership with West Yorkshire Police and West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue.

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In 2019 there were 10,269 jobs in Public Services in Leeds (Emsi).

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