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This course id designed for 16-18 year olds.

The NCFE Certificate for Entry to the Uniformed Services Level 3 (Degree Apprenticeship Route) qualification will allow you to prepare for a career in the uniformed and non-uniformed Public Services. 

This is great for individuals who are seeking employment straight after a two-year programme. Over the course of two years, you will be studying 12 units which will include team building, problem solving, crime scene investigation, security searching procedures and influence into the UK Government. 

The course will provide you with the knowledge to understand what is required for future employment in the Public Sector and will support you to be one step closer on applying for a job within the Armed Forces, Emergency Services, UK Border Force, Prison Services, Government Sector or Criminology and Law. 

Waltham Forest College is putting sustainability at the heart of everything that we do, and in this course, you will learn more about the environment and how various areas of public services from government down are looking to reduce their carbon footprint and work towards a more sustainable future. You will take part in various projects around sustainability and discuss the best use of resources and environmentally friendly strategies and practices.

The course is scheduled over 3-4 days per week and will be a mixture of theory and practical lessons. 

The College has strong links with the Metropolitan Police, London Fire Brigade, the Military and other Public Sector organisations.

  • Sector Overview

    Public Services in the UK provide a range of opportunities for the 5.77 million already working in the sector. The industry is made from local and national government, Health and Social Care, Education, Business Administration including Law enforcement and intelligence. It is a growing sector with increased budgets from central government for recruitment into the Uniformed Protected Services.

  • Entry Requirements

    The entry requirements for this course are:

    • 5 GCSEs at Grades 4-9 including maths and English
    • Assessment and interview

    If required, you will study GCSE or Functional Skills English and/or maths alongside your course so you can progress onto the next level.

  • What will I study?

    This course consists of the following 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 

    Optimal units:

    • Uniformed services hierarchy and routine 
    • Understand conflict management and personal protection 
    • The influence of UK Government, international organisations and media on the Uniformed Services 
    • Collaboration between Uniformed Services 
    • Emergency planning and response in the Uniformed Services 
    • Understand the impact of war and conflict on Uniformed Services 
    • Skills for land-based outdoor and adventurous activities 
    • Skills for water-based outdoor and adventurous activities
    • Understanding discipline in the uniformed services 
    • Crime scene investigation 
    • Security procedures in the Uniformed Services 
  • How will I be assessed?

    You will be assessed via:

    • Written tasks
    • Practical activity
    • Study visits
    • Team building activities

    All assessments will offer you an opportunity to pass at one of the following three standards: Pass, Merit and Distinction.

  • Enrichment

    Alongside your course, you will be taking part in drill parades, attending outdoor expeditions such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award, taking part in water sports, physical cardio endurance activities, camping and community charity events.

    These enrichments are aligned and tailored around your course and development. They are the key to building soft skills in the role of employment.

    Our Student Common Room is also a great place to unwind and relax during your breaks. It features pool tables, table tennis, a gaming corner and lots of comfy sofas so you can refresh before your next lesson. 

    Themed events are held in the Common Room so you can get the best experience of being a Waltham Forest College student.

  • Work Experience

    You must complete 36 hours of work placement with an external employer linked to the industry of study, which is an essential part of the programme. The connections we have for work experience are Ride Along schemes with the Metropolitan Police, one week residential to the Armed Forces base, YMCA charity, British Heart Foundation and Feel Good Centre and Gym.

  • Progression opportunities

    The completion of this course in year 1 will allow you to progress onto: 

    • Public Services Level 3 

    The completion of the second year will lead you onto:

    • Apprenticeship 
    • Employment
  • Alumni

    95% of learners who study Level 3 Certificate for Entry to the Uniformed Services have achieved at the College with 55% progressing onto Entry to the Uniformed Services NCFE Diploma Level 3 internally with the remaining 40% finding employment or progressing their studies internally in other departments. 

    Learner 1, CC - Studied Public Services BTEC Level 3 two-year programme, progressed internally to Captain of the Public Services, he applied for the Metropolitan Police Degree Apprenticeship and is currently serving as a police officer starting salary at £33,500.   

    Learner 2, GG - Studied Public Services BTEC Level 3 two-year programme, left with D*D*D*. She is currently studying Law at University. 

    Learner 3, YA - Studied Public Services BTEC Level 3 two-year programme, secured a place at the UK Border Force Apprenticeship. 

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