The BTEC National Diploma is a two year course is aimed at those who wish to pursue a career in the Public Services sector, and has been specifically designed and validated to cover the educational requirements that would enhance employment in the public services, or provide a sound base to pursue a range of subjects in higher education.
The course is suitable for those students wishing to follow a career in the Armed Forces, Police Service, Fire Service, Ambulance Service, HM Customs and Excise, Outdoor Activity Centres, Prison & Security Services and voluntary organisations.
To be successful in this industry, it is important to have excellent interpersonal skills, be able to communicate with a range of people, have a commitment to develop your own personal qualities, be enthusiastic, energetic and have a keen interest in developing individual skills and techniques.
The course covers the following units over two years:
* Government Policies and the Public Services
* Team Leadership in the Public Services
* Physical Preparation and Fitness for Uniformed Public Services
* Command and Control in the Uniformed Public Services
* Leading Land-Based Outdoor Activities
* Citizenship, Contemporary Society and the Public Services
* Team Development in the Public Services
* Understanding Discipline within the Uniformed Public Services
* Skills for Land-Based and Adventurous Activities
Teaching and assessment
Continual assessment throughout the year and a number of assignments both written and practical. Students are required to complete a portfolio (file) containing evidence of assignments, practical performance, presentations, group exercises and discussions.
The method of teaching is mainly practical with classroom sessions using life scenarios, a series of lectures, group discussions and investigations, presentations from external organisations and educational trips and visits. A stringent fitness programme is an integral part of the course.
Students are given plenty of help and direction from staff and are encouraged to undertake their own research and additional reading.