Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Services

Your Unique Experience

You will taught by a number of Tutors with real life Public Service experience and a Progress Tutor who will specifically look after your pastoral and study programme needs.

Assessment involves a range of methods including group discussions, posters, report writing, presentations, photographic & video evidence and a range of practical and outdoor assessments. There is no formal exam but students are encouraged to aim for higher level grades within the pass/merit/distinction grading system.

The course includes a comprehensive work experience programme with involvement from many of our Uniformed Service organisations including the British Army, Royal Marines, Greater Manchester Police, Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service and a range of guest speakers including former students now serving within our Uniformed Services.

Students may get the opportunity to take part in residential trips throughout the course so if you may want to consider spending some time away with the Royal Marines, the British Army or the Royal Navy to see what life is really like on a military base then this could be the course for you.

Course Content

The course is designed to help develop the skills and qualities you would need to work in the Public Services or to go forward into Higher Education. You will experience a range of activities including classroom based learning, physical fitness training, outdoor and adventurous activities and a comprehensive work experience programme with a wide range of our Public Service organisations.

Throughout the course you will study a range of topics including:

Government, Policies and the Public Services


Understanding Discipline

Instructing Physical Activity / Physical Preparation

Crime and its Effects on Society

Land Navigation

Planning & Management of Major Incidents

Skills for Land-based / Water-based Activities

More than just a Course

Working within our Public Services can be demanding but also rewarding and you may be interested in a career with our Armed Forces or serving your local community as an Emergency Service worker but they all require dedicated individuals with a desire to serve and help people. This course will give you an insight into the range of jobs and roles available, what you may need to join these organisations and how to prepare yourself for entry into our Public Services. Working within the Public Services requires you to demonstrate a level of professionalism and diligence so this course can help you to prepare for entry and offer you a chance to experience “hands on” work within these organisations.

Course Format

This is a full time programme where you will be expected to complete 9 units of work in year 1 and a further 9 in year 2. Your work is assessed by your tutors and you have the opportunity to gain either pass/merit/distinction grades in each unit. In addition to this you will undertake a tutorial with your progress tutor each week, where you will get the opportunity to develop other elements such as CV writing, time management, Higher Education preparation and advice on part time job opportunities.

Special Features

We participate in the Greater Manchester College Group Public Services Competition each year and were the 2016 champions, with a number of students from the BTEC level 3 course in the winning team.

Students may get the opportunity to gain a level 2 Award in Understanding Stewarding at Spectator Events.

Entry Qualifications

Learners are required to have 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above (new grading system) including Maths & English and will also be required to undertake a pre-course interview and assessment day. Candidates will be expected to be enthusiastic about embarking on a career in the Public Services and demonstrate this in all aspects of the course syllabus.


On successful completion of this qualification you may have the opportunity to progress onto:

BTEC HNC / HND in Public Services (level 4 / 5)

Make an application to join the Public Service of your choice.


For enquiries please contact the College on 0161 908 6789 or web: www.tameside.ac.uk/contact.

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Please Note: While every effort is made to maintain the accuracy of these details, changes can and do occur. Government policy changes rapidly (particularly from one academic year to the next) which often has an effect on availability, eligibility for funding and the fee contribution required. Please confirm the course details when enrolling.